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Volleyball moves to 38th in latest RPI standings
Monday, November 3, 2014
By Mark McGee
Volleyball moves to 38th in latest RPI standings

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb volleyball team is ranked 38th this week in the NCAA Division I Volleyball RPI.

It is the second highest ranking ever for the program. In 2009 they finished 34th in the country.

They were rated No. 43 last week after being ranked No. 40 the previous week.

Last week the Lady Bisons were ranked 41st. They won two matches over the weekend beating Stetson 3-0 and Florida Gulf Coast 3-1. Florida Gulf Coast entered the weekend tied with Lipscomb for first place. Stetson started the weekend in third place.

“It is exciting for this program to continue to raise eyebrows and to raise the expectations,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “So when you look at the programs right around is it is an impressive group of not only volleyball programs but schools.

“It is pretty neat to see and think about where Lipscomb is. It is not talk. There is proof.”

Rosenthal doesn’t plan to mention the ranking to his players, but he expects they will be aware of it.

“This group is very aware,” Rosenthal said. “I think for years we have pushed our players to be more aware of the national landscape.

“What is neat about it is I think they are much more aware. And, to be quite honest, we are much more relevant in the national landscape. We have said all along we have to be in the 30s and here we are.”

The Lady Bisons are one of three Atlantic Sun teams in the top 100. Florida Gulf Coast is 66th and Northern Kentucky is 94th.

“It is by no means where we want to finish up,” Rosenthal said. “It is a mark of where the program is.”

“To have three teams in the top 100 is where I thought the conference needed to be. It is great for us. It is great for the conference. This is where we wanted Atlantic Sun volleyball to be and we are excited to be at the forefront of it.”

The Lady Bisons are 16-7, 9-1 in the Atlantic Sun. They are the first team to qualify for the conference tournament Nov. 20-22 in Fort Myers, Florida.

Setter Kayla Ostrom, despite missing the last three matches, is 39th in the nation in assists per set with 10.92. She is second in the conference in that category.

Outside hitter Lauren Ford is 52nd in the country in total kills with 358 and second overall in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Ford is rated 61st nationally in kills per set with 3.93. She also second overall in the conference in that category.

As a team the Lady Bisons are 62nd in the nation with a .696 won-lost percentage.

They are 68th in assists per set with 12.66 and 73rd in kills per set with 13.51.