|November 14, 2014||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
Ford - 11
EVERSGERD - 1
ARNOLD - 1
Thomas - 2
|November 15, 2014||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
MARCINEK - 11
TAYLOR - 4
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb Lady Bisons need to win one match this weekend to have a share of the regular season Atlantic Sun title and two matches to own the title outright.
Friday night they will face USC Upstate at Allen Arena at 5:30. Saturday Kennesaw State visits for a 2 p.m. match.
The Lady Bisons are 33rd in this week’s NCAA Division I RPI rankings, the highest in the conference and the highest ranking of any team in the state of Tennessee. It is also the highest ranking in the history of the program for the Lady Bisons, surpassing their 34th rating in 2009.
Florida Gulf Coast is the only team in the conference that can challenge the Lady Bisons for the regular season title. They are 17-9, 10-2 in the A-Sun.
The Lady Bisons are 18-7, 11-1 in the conference. FGCU is 17-9, 10-2 in the A-Sun.
Lipscomb, Florida Gulf Coast and Stetson are the only three teams that have qualified for a berth in the tournament with two matches remaining.
Friday night the Lady Bisons will honor five seniors – outside hitters Lauren Ford and Sophie Kellerman, setter Jordan Huston, defensive specialist Megan Stout and middle blocker Jewell Dobson.
Florida Gulf Coast will host the A-Sun Tournament Nov. 20-22 in Fort Myers, Florida.
SCOUTING USC UPSTATE (10-18, 1-11 in the A-Sun)
The Spartans enter the match with Lipscomb with a three-match losing streak and one victory in their last 14 matches. The lone victory is a 3-2 decision against North Florida on Oct. 31.
The Lady Bisons beat Upstate 3-0 Oct. 3.
Lexi Gober is seventh in conference matches only in assists with 360, 7.35 per set. She is also seventh overall in assists with 935, 8.58 per set.
Gober is fourth overall in service aces with 38, 0.35.
Kayla Eversgerd is eighth in conference matches only in digs with 183, 3.73 per set. She is seventh overall in digs with 358, 3.65 per set.
Eversgerd is 10th overall in the conference in kills with 288, 2.94 per set.
Emily Koelling is 10th overall in the conference with a .234 hitting percentage.
Kaleigh Kelley is ninth overall in digs with 318, 3.35 per set.
The Lady Bisons are 13-0 all-time against the Spartans.
SCOUTING KENNESAW STATE (10-16, 4-8 in the A-Sun)
Kennesaw State will be out to rebound from a 3-1 loss to Stetson in the last outing for the Owls.
The Owls will try to break a three-match losing streak when they visit Northern Kentucky Friday night.
The Lady Bisons beat Kennesaw State 3-0 Oct. 4.
Katarina Morton is second in digs in conference matches only with 216, 4.80 per set.
In conference matches only Cierra Royster is eighth with a .232 hitting percentage. Royster is third in blocks with 51 (three solo, 48 assists) for an average of 1.19 per set. In overall matches Royster is second in the conference in blocking with 58 (four solos, 54 assists) for one block per set.
Kennesaw State’s Kristi Piedimonte is tied with Lipscomb’s Bri McCombs for service aces in conference matches with 15 each, an average of 0.31 per set.
Piedimonte is fifth in the conference overall in service aces with 34, 0.34 per set.
Piedmont is fifth in assists in conference matches only with 468, 9.55 per set. She is sixth in overall matches with 876, 8.76 per set.
Anaiah Boyer is eighth in kills in conference matches only with 146, 2.98 per set. Kelly Marcinek is ninth with 129, 2.93 per set. Marcinek is seventh overall in kills with 294, 3.02 per set.
The Lady Bisons are 15-0 against the Owls.
THIS TRIO IS A HIT
In conference matches only three Lady Bisons are in the top 10 in hitting percentage. Middle blocker Katie Bradley is third (.318). Middle blocker Molly Spitznagle is fourth (.307). Outside hitter Lauren Ford is 10th (.221).
In overall matches Spitznagle is fourth in the conference with a .260 hitting percentage.
THE KILLING FLOOR
Ford is second in kills in conference matches only with 204, an average of 4.16 per set. She heads into the weekend trailing kills leader Sammie Strausbaugh of Jacksonville who leads with 218, 4.74 per set.
In overall matches Ford has 394 kills, 3.90 per set.
When the weekend is over Ford could find herself in fourth place overall in the conference in kills in a career. She has 1,533. She trails Maggie Johnson, a former Belmont player by 25 kills. Johnson is in fourth place. She is 19 kills behind Lindsay Cleveland, another former Belmont player, who is in fifth.
LIPSCOMB IN THE A-SUN
In conference matches the Lady Bisons are first in hitting percentage (.226), second in opponent hitting percentage (.162) and also second in kills (674, 13.76 per set) and in assists (632, 12.90 per set).
In matches overall the Lady Bisons are second in assists (1,262, 12.50 per set) and second in kills (1,346, 13.33 per set).
DOUBLE. DOUBLE BISONS ARE TROUBLE
Right side Brittnay Estes leads the team with nine double-doubles and one triple-double. Her last double-double was 10 kills and 11 digs at Jacksonville Nov. 8.
Outside hitter Sophie Kellerman has seven double-doubles including back-to-back efforts Nov. 7 at North Florida with 11 kills and 13 digs and Nov. 8 at Jacksonville with 14 kills and 14 digs.
Ford has a pair of double-doubles against Creighton to open the season and against ETSU.
20 or more
Ford has 20 or more kills in eight matches.
McCombs has 31 digs in a match against Jacksonville Nov. 8. She has posted digs totals of 20 or more six other times this season. The 31 digs are a season and career high for McCombs.