|November 08, 2014||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||5th||Final|
Kellerman - 14
Huston - 1
Thomas - 1
Stout - 1
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Lipscomb volleyball coach Brandon Rosenthal didn’t have any magic words. It was one of those times when he wished he did.
But he did express his disappointment after watching his players lose the first two sets to Jacksonville Saturday afternoon by scores of 25-23 and 25-22.
“We played just good enough to be in the match in sets one and two,” Rosenthal said. “We had the lead in set one and set two. We should have taken care of that.
“With the way we played in sets one and two there was some disappointment there. It didn’t have anything to do with the scores. I was disappointed with the way we were playing.”
While he admits his words did not have any magic he must have said something that struck a chord as the Lady Bisons rallied for 25-17 wins in sets three and four and a 15-11 victory in set five for the 3-2 Atlantic Sun match win at Swisher Gym.
“Between sets two and three we talked about the way we were playing, both good and bad,” Rosenthal said. “I told our girls I didn’t want to leave Jacksonville and be disappointed. It had more to do with our effort.
“Obviously, I was a little bit fiery when I started talking at the break. But then I told them we needed to be the team that people had become accustomed to seeing. Unfortunately, we didn’t go for it in the first two sets. We played a little tentative. And Jacksonville did a nice job in both of those sets.”
It was the second 3-2 match win in as many days for the Lady Bisons. They beat North Florida 3-2 Friday night.
The victory by the Lady Bisons ended a string of 18 home A-Sun match wins for Jacksonville dating back to 2012.
“I told the girls coming out of the break that all that mattered was the third set,” Rosenthal said. “We got on a roll. I told them not to think about four or five…just think about three.
“Right away, you could tell our players knew what they had to do. They were focused. They turned the corner and turned the page. It was a well-played three sets.”
Middle blocker Molly Spitznagle and outside hitter Sophie Kellerman led the Lady Bisons with 14 kills each. Outside hitter Lauren Ford added 13 and right side Brittnay Estes finished with 10.
“Sophie came up big again.” Rosenthal said. “Those 14 kills were hard. She had zero kills after one and six after two.
Both Kellerman and Estes posted double-doubles. Kellerman made 14 digs and Estes was credited with 11.
Libero Bri McCombs made a season, career and match high 31 digs. Defensive specialist Brittany Thomas contributed 12.
“Bri did a fantastic job,” Rosenthal said. “Brittany Thomas was really on it as well. Thomas and Meg Stout also did a fantastic job serving.”
Middle blocker Katie Bradley made a career-high 12 blocks (two solo, 10 assists).
“When you look at what we did defensively in sets three, four and five Jacksonville hit minus-0.53, .00 and .050,” Rosenthal said.
Setter Jordan Huston made her fifth start and finished with 47 assists.
“Jordan did a good job of settling into our system in sets three, four and five,” Rosenthal said. “She did a good job for the entire match.
“We made some tactical moves at the end to get our middles moving a little more and to give Jacksonville a different look. Our middles did a great job.”
The Lady Bisons are 18-7, 11-1 in the conference. Jacksonville, the defending A-Sun Tournament champion, falls to 14-13, 5-7 in the conference.
- It was the first time since beating Kansas 3-2 on the road Aug. 29 that the Lady Bisons had lost the first two sets before rallying to win the next three and the match.
- The victory by the Lady Bisons ended a string of 18 home A-Sun match wins for Jacksonville dating back to 2012.
- The Lady Bisons have won 12 of their last 13 matches and have a four-match win streak.
- McCombs broke the 30-dig barrier for the first time in a Lipscomb uniform. She has double figures in digs in eight of her last nine matches.
- The Lady Bisons are 5-2 in five-set matches this season. They are 16-9 in set three in 25 matches.
- Kellerman has finished in double-doubles in seven matches this season, including her last two matches.
- Estes has double-doubles one triple-double and nine double-doubles in matches this season.
- Thomas tied her season high in digs. She has 12 against UNF and Jacksonville.
- Bradley’s two solo blocks and 10 block assists were both season highs.
The Lady Bisons close out the regular season at home facing South Carolina-Upstate Friday night for Senior Night and Kennesaw State Saturday.