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LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Lipscomb volleyball team is preparing for the NCAA Tournament and hoping its fifth trip will be the one where it advances to the second round for the first time in program history.
After a two-year absence the Bisons return to the NCAA Tournament facing Ohio State.
This is the second time Lipscomb will have faced Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament First Round. Ohio State prevailed 3-1 (22-25, 8-25, 25-22, 23-25) on its home court in Columbus in 2010.
Kentucky and Oakland, which round out the tournament field at Kentucky’s Memorial Coliseum, were foes for the Bisons this season. They lost 3-1 at Kentucky Sept. 8 and swept Oakland 3-0 Sept. 6.
In their last visit to the NCAA Tournament in 2011, Texas A&M defeated Lipscomb 3-1 (16-25, 16-25, 25-12, 22-25) in the first round at College Station, Texas.
In 2009 California beat Lipscomb 3-0 (15-25, 22-25, 9-25) in the first round at Dayton, Ohio.
The first appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the Lady Bisons was in 2007 when they lost to Dayton 3-0 (17-30, 25-30, 19-30) on its home court.
The match between Lipscomb and Ohio State can be seen live on WatchESPN/ESPN3, with Dick Gabriel and AVCA President Kathy DeBoer on the call.
For more information on the Lexington regional click the NCAA Tournament Central page. Here you can ticket and parking information, as well as information on each of the four teams in the regional.
SCOUTING OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes are making their 20th appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Middle blocker Taylor Sandboothe and setter Taylor Sherwin were named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention.
Sandboothe has 121 blocks (22 solo), 292 kills and 11 service aces.
Sherwin made 1,236 assists this season. She averaged 10.96 assists per set in Big Ten matches only, fourth best in the conference.
Outside hitter Erin Sekinger leads the Buckeyes with 377 kills. Outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell has 310. Three other players have more than 200 kills.
Defensive specialist Valeria Leon sets the pace in digs with 429. Five more players have more than 100 digs.
The Bisons and Buckeyes have three common opponents this season – Illinois State, Florida Gulf Coast and Xavier.
The Bisons beat Illinois State 3-2 and lost at Xavier 3-1. They swept Florida Gulf Coast with a pair of 3-1 decisions.
Ohio State lost 3-2 to Illinois State on a neutral court, but beat Florida Gulf Coast 3-1 in Columbus and Xavier 3-2 on the road.
IT’S ALL HISTORY
The Bisons became the first Atlantic Sun volleyball team to earn an NCAA at-large bid. In the spring the Lipscomb softball team also became the first representative of that sport in the A-Sun to win an at-large bid.
The Bisons, the Atlantic Sun regular season champion, lost to No. 3-seeded Jacksonville 3-1 in the tournament championship match for the second year in a row.
A SUCCESSFUL YEAR
The Bisons posted the league's best overall and conference records in 2014. The 21-8 overall record marked the seventh time since 2007 that the Bisons have earned 20 or more victories.
They also finished the conference season with a 13-1 record, the best record since Lipscomb went 10-0 in 2010.
The Bisons travelled to Lawrence, Kansas to start the season and defeated then No. 22 Kansas on its home court. The Jayhawks rank 14th in the RPI.
Lipscomb beat Missouri from the Southeastern Conference and won the Tiger Classic. In that tournament they also defeated Oakland, the 2014 Horizon League Champions, and Illinois State, ranked 37th in this week's RPI standings.
The Bisons are 33rd in this week’s NCAA Division I RPI. Ohio State is ranked 34th.
The Bisons are 21-8 overall. Ohio State is 21-11.
Lipscomb has four wins against top-85 RPI-rated teams this season.
MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME
The NCAA Tournament will be a homecoming for several Bisons.
Middle blocker Jewell Dobson is from Shepherdsville. Outside hitter Sophie Kellerman and middle blocker Katie Bradley are from Louisville. Libero-defensive specialist Megan Stout is from Taylorsville.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Coach Brandon Rosenthal received his second A-Sun Coach of the Year award. Rosenthal, in his 12th season, broke the 200 wins level this season. The Bisons are 21-8 this season, 13-1 in the conference.
He is 219-51 overall, 124-39 in A-Sun matches.
They won their fourth A-Sun regular season title and made their 10th consecutive trip to the conference tournament.
This is the seventh time in the last eight seasons the Lady Bisons have won 20 or more matches in a season.
BISONS IN THE NCAA
The Bisons are 52nd in the nation with a .724 won-loss percentage. They are 62nd with 12.76 assists per set and 64th with 1,493 assists. They are 72nd with 13.57 kills per set.
Individually, setter Kayla Ostrom is 21st with 11.23 assists per set. Outside hitter Lauren Ford is 49th in kills with 448.
DOUBLE, DOUBLE LADY BISONS ARE TROUBLE
Estes has 13 double-doubles and one triple double this season. She has double-doubles in her last five matches, including two tournament matches. Earlier this season she had four straight matches with double-doubles.
Kellerman has eight double-doubles this season.
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 Bisons. Her .571 hitting percentage was also a career high.
Ford has 1,587 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 15 matches. She has 448 kills, her best total for a season. Last year she finished with 422.