November 21, 20141st2nd3rd4th5thFinal
Northern Kentucky2519212592
Lipscomb19252523153
NKUTeam StatsLIP
.168Hitting Pct..215
55Kills72
25Errors28
179Total Attacks205
53Assists69
2Aces6
89Digs93
10.0Blocks11.0
NKULeadersLIP
CREAMER - 16
KillsKellerman - 15
Ford - 15
SNYDER - 45
AssistsOstrom - 59
STEWART - 1
JULIAN - 1
AcesEstes - 2
McCombs - 2
STEWART - 30
DigsMcCombs - 33
RUBLE - 6
BlocksBradley - 6
Volleyball kicks off A-Sun tournament action Friday
Thursday, November 20, 2014
By Mark McGee
Volleyball kicks off A-Sun tournament action Friday

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Lipscomb Lady Bisons will face the No. 4-seeded Northern Kentucky Norse in the semifinals of the Atlantic Sun Conference Volleyball Tournament.

The match will begin at 4 p.m. CT Friday and will be broadcast live on ESPN 3.

The Norse are the only A-Sun team the Lady Bisons, 20-7, 13-1 in the conference, lost to this season.

“We are ready,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “We are looking forward to the match.”

The Lady Bisons watched video following breakfast Thursday and then spent some time at the beach before going through an afternoon workout. They earned a first round bye as the No.1 seed.

The Norse advanced to the semifinals after coming from behind to beat No. 5 Stetson 3-2 Thursday night at Alico Arena on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast.

“It is a positive to have a bye if you do something with it,” Rosenthal said. “Northern Kentucky played a tough five-set match. We will have to come out and establish some things early against them.”

Scouting Northern Kentucky (19-10, 7-7)

No. 4 seed

This is the first trip to the A-Sun Tournament for the Norse. They can win the title, but they are not eligible to play in the NCAA Tournament.

Northern Kentucky leads the conference overall with a .232 hitting percentage and also in conference matches only with a .235.

Northern Kentucky ranks third in kills per set (13.08) and assists per set (12.26).

Jenna Ruble is second in conference matches in hitting percentage (.351) and overall (.345). She is seventh in kills with 3.02 per set, 163 total.

Keely Creamer is eight in kills in conference matches with 2.98 per set, 161 total.

Taylor Snyder is third overall in assists (10.63 per set, 1,116 overall) and in conference matches only (10.89, 588).

Mel Stewart is third in digs overall (4.46, 464) and in A-Sun matches only (4.57, 242).

The Lady Bisons' lone A-Sun match loss was at Northern Kentucky Oct. 25, a 3-2 decision (18-25, 22-25, 25-17, 27-25, 9-15). The Lady Bisons won 3-1 Sept. 26 (21-25, 28-26, 31-29, 25-20).

SOME TOURNAMENT FACTS AND FIGURES

  • The Lady Bisons, the No. 1 seed, are 5-1 in the A-Sun Tournament as the No. 1 seed.
  • The Lady Bisons have won the Atlantic Sun Tournament Championship four times (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011).
  • They have played in the A-Sun Championship game six times.
  • In the tournament the Lady Bisons are 3-1 in 3-2 matches, 3-1 in 3-1 matches and 9-2 in 3-0 matches.

THREE ROADS TO THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

The Lady Bisons have three possible roads they can travel to the NCAA Tournament.

If they win the Atlantic Sun Tournament they would receive the conference’s automatic bid.

However, if Northern Kentucky wins the tournament the Lady Bisons would still get the conference’s automatic bid. Northern Kentucky is still not eligible for the NCAA Tournament and the Lady Bisons, as the regular season champions, would receive the automatic bid.

If neither of those situations occurs the Lady Bisons could possibly land an at-large bid as they ranked 32nd in the NCAA Division I RPI this week.

LADY BISONS IN THE A-SUN (STATS PRIOR TO START OF TOURNAMENT)

In conference matches only the Lady Bisons are second in hitting percentage (.235) and first in kills (792, 14.14 per set). They are first in conference matches only in assists (745, 13.30) and second in opponent hitting percentage (.158).

Overall in the conference the Lady Bisons are first in kills per set (13.56) with a total of 1,464 kills. They are second in assists with 1,375, 12.73 per set. They are third with a .212 hitting percentage.

Outside hitter Lauren Ford is second in kills in conference matches only (233, 4.16 per set) and second overall (423, 3.92 per set).

Setter Kayla Ostrom is first in A-Sun matches only in assists per set with 12.50, 400 total. She is second in assists per set with 11.20, 941 total.

Ostrom is also sixth in conference matches only in service aces per set with .31, a total of 10.

Middle blocker Katie Bradley is fourth in conference matches with a .326 hitting percentage and ninth overall with a .235.

Middle blocker Molly Spitznagle is fourth overall in hitting percentage (.268) and fifth in conference matches only (.316).

Ford is 10th in conference matches with a .228 hitting percentage.

Libero Bri McCombs is fifth overall in digs per set (4.2) and a total of 441. She is sixth in conference matches only with 4.27 per set, a total of 239.

McCombs is seventh in service aces with .30 per set, 17 total.

DOUBLE, DOUBLE LADY BISONS ARE TROUBLE

Right side Brittnay Estes has 11 double-doubles and one triple double this season. She has double-doubles in her last three matches. Earlier this season she had four straight matches with double-doubles.

Outside hitter Sophie Kellerman has eight double-doubles this season including three of her last four matches.

CLIMBING THE STATS LADDER

Ostrom’s 61 assists against Kennesaw State Nov. 15 is the third highest total in a four-set match ever for the Lady Bisons. Her .571 hitting percentage was also a career high.

Ford has 1,562 career kills moving her into fourth place all-time in the Atlantic Sun Conference. She is second overall on Lipscomb’s all-time list and is only the second player to record more than 1,500 kills in her career.

She has been in double figures in kills in her last 13 matches. She has 423 kills, her best total for a season. Last year she finished with 422.