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Huston - 2
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The Lipscomb Lady Bisons aren’t accustomed to losing. Northern Kentucky taught them a bitter lesson.
The Lady Bisons lost their first Atlantic Sun match of the season and lost for the first time ever to Northern Kentucky by a 3-2 score Friday night.
“It is a tough one to swallow,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “I was proud of the way our girls battled.
“I’m not disappointed, but we have to learn from this and we will. It is a wake-up call for them that they have to finish everything. You have to give Northern Kentucky credit for sticking with it and for keeping pressure on us.”
After winning set one 25-18 and set two 25-22 the Lady Bisons lost set three 25-17, set four 27-25 and set five 15-9.
“We let set three kind of get away from us,” Rosenthal said. “We lost our focus a little bit. In set three Northern Kentucky got the momentum and moved forward in the match. I thought our passing let down in set three.
“I told our girls between sets two and three that we were on a slippery slope. We needed to put up a good effort in set three and we just didn’t. It wasn’t that we didn’t try. We just didn’t execute.”
In set four the Lady Bisons trailed 21-15 but came back to tie the match at 21-21. They had set point at 25-24 but couldn’t close the deal.
“We had a chance to win it,” Rosenthal said. “We didn’t take care of our opportunities.”
The Lady Bisons win streak ended at eight matches. They had beaten Northern Kentucky in their previous five meetings in the series.
After the loss the Lady Bisons are 14-7 overall, 7-1 in the A-Sun. Northern Kentucky is 14-7 overall, 4-4 in the conference.
Senior Jordan Huston made her first start of the season at setter. She finished with 53 assists, nine digs, two kills, two service aces and two block assists along with a .286 hitting percentage. Rosenthal said Kayla Ostrom, the starting setter for the previous 20 matches, was sidelined with an illness.
“Jordan found out she was starting late Thursday afternoon,” Rosenthal said. “Jordan did a great job. I am really proud of the way she competed.
“We got a lot out of Jordan. I was proud to see how she took care of things and made the best of the opportunity.”
Outside hitter Lauren Ford led the Lady Bisons with 15 kills. Also in double figures in kills were right side Brittnay Estes and outside hitter Sophie Kellerman with 12 each followed by middle blockers Molly Spitznagle and Katie Bradley with 11 apiece.
Bradley hit .667 with Spitznagle hitting .450 and Estes hitting .400.
Kellerman notched a double-double with 11digs. Libero Bri McComb led the Lady Bisons with 18 digs.
“We got into a position where we were trying to do too much individually,” Rosenthal said. “We didn’t do things as a team.”
- Kellerman’s double-double was her fifth of the season and her third in the last five matches. She has double figures in digs in her last eight matches.
- Huston’s 53 assists are fourth highest in a five-set conference match this season.
- It was Huston’s first start since the 2012 season.
- The Lady Bisons are 3-2 in 3-2 matches this season.
- Ford has finished in double figures in kills in her last seven matches.
- Bradley’s kills total was her first ever double figures performance for the Lady Bisons. Her hitting percentage was also a career high.
“I thought our middles did a good job all the way around offensively,” Rosenthal said. “We needed Katie Bradley and she did a great job. I know Katie and she would rather have the win.
“We have to continue to build off of her and understand her capabilities. She is only going to get better.”
- The 61 assists by Lipscomb ties for fifth-highest in a five-set conference match this season.
This was the only match of the weekend for Lipscomb. The Lady Bisons return to action Oct. 31 for a Halloween match with Stetson at 6:30 at Allen Arena. Saturday, Nov. 1, they will host Florida Gulf Coast at 2 p.m.