|October 31, 2014||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The key word for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons volleyball team was control.
For three sets they controlled Stetson Friday night at Allen Arena in a key Atlantic Sun volleyball match. A boisterous Halloween crowd was on hand to cheer the Lady Bisons success.
The Lady Bisons won set one 25-16, set two 25-13 and set three 25-21.
“When we go out and play like we did tonight defensively we are tough,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “I thought we were sharp. We were sharp serving. We were sharp blocking. We were sharp defensively and offensively.
“You could tell the focus was there. I am proud of our girls for really going after it.”
Lipscomb outside hitter Lauren Ford was the only player in double figures in kills with 14.
Libero Bri McCombs led the Lady Bisons with a match-high 16 digs. Also in double figures in digs for the Lady Bisons were right side Brittnay Estes and setter Jordan Huston with 10 apiece.
Huston also posted a match-high 34 assists while adding a service ace and three kills. Estes had a match high .538 hitting percentage.
“Jordan had a big night,” Rosenthal said. “It is fun to see. She made some really nice plays offensively, but the thing that stood out for me was her defense. Something we have made a point of with Jordan is that she has to dig balls and she was awesome.
“I felt like as the night went on she continued to make nice plays. We have been working with her on that. She has to trust the offense and trust the system.”
The Lady Bisons are 15-7 overall, 8-1 in the A-Sun. Stetson dropped to 14-9, 5-4 in the conference.
“When you take a look at the match the thing that I take away from it is control,” Rosenthal said. “From the first whistle we were always in control.
“Our defense really set the tone. There were a couple of big plays by Brittnay Estes who was really dialed in blocking (six blocks, one solo).”
- Huston made her second start of the season at setter, also her second in a row, in place of Kayla Ostrom who is dealing with an illness.
- Huston’s 10 digs were a season and career high. Her .400 hitting percentage is also a season and career high.
- Ford leads the team with 338 kills. McComb leads the team with 338 digs.
- Brittany Thomas reached 100 digs for the season against Stetson giving the Lady Bisons five players with 100 or more digs.
- A win against Florida Gulf Coast Saturday would give the Lady Bisons a berth in the A-Sun Tournament.
- All 12 of the Lady Bisons who were healthy made an appearance in at least one set.
- Middle blocker Molly Spitznagle had three block assists. She has 78 for the season, a new high for her.
- It was the fifth 3-0 sweep for the Lady Bisons this season and their third against an A-Sun opponent. They are 5-1 in 3-0 matches this season.
- The crowd included members of the Lipscomb track and field teams, the softball team and the women’s basketball team. Rosenthal admitted he was surprised at the turnout.
“I really didn’t know what to expect,” Rosenthal said. “It is Halloween and being on a college campus there is a lot of stuff going on.
“I was thankful for all of the athletes coming out and dressing up. That helps a ton. It shows a lot about what this department is doing.”
First place in the conference is on the line at 2 p.m. Saturday at Allen Arena when Florida Gulf Coast visits. The Eagles beat Northern Kentucky 3-2 Friday night in Highland Heights to move to 8-1 in the conference, 15-8 overall.
“Good teams find a way,” Rosenthal said. “I have no doubt Florida Gulf Coast is going to come in here ready to go.
“First place is on the line. Not only first place is on the line, but first place in a crucial point of the season. Whoever gets the `W’ is going to have a little more control of the standings. We know they are a good team, but we are not going down without a fight.”