NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) has honored three members of the Lipscomb Lady Bisons team.
Senior outside hitter Lauren Ford was named to the All-South Region Team. Junior right side Brittnay Estes received honorable mention.
Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal was named All-South Region Coach of the Year. Earlier this season he was named Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year.
Ford was also named to the team last season. She is one of three Lipscomb players to be named to the region team for two years. She joins Alex Kelly (2010, 2009) and Stefine “Jake” Pease (2010, 2009). Jewell Dobson joined Ford on the team last season, but was redshirted for 2014 after an injury,
This season Ford was named A-Sun First Team All-Conference. Estes was named to the A-Sun Second Team and also was a member of the A-Sun All-Tournament Team.
Ford finished with a career season high 458 kills. Ford has 1,597 career kills moving her into third place all-time in the Atlantic Sun Conference all-time list. 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.
“It is a credit to Lauren and it is a credit to the team for what they did against regionally and nationally-ranked teams,” Rosenthal said. “Last year it was Lauren and Jewell who were named and deservedly so. They fed off of each other a lot.
“This year there was more pressure on Lauren without Jewell. It was neat that she was able to do it without Jewell. Lauren also had to deal with a new setter (Kayla Ostrom). There is a lot that goes into it.”
Estes finished with 344 kills and 291 digs, second best on the team. She recorded one triple-double in assists, kills and digs and 13 double-doubles in kills and digs.
“For Brittnay to be recognized as well was a neat thing for her,” Rosenthal said. “It is something I hope she will continue to build on through the spring and into next year.”
Rosenthal, in his 12th season as head coach, guided the Lady Bisons to the A-Sun regular season championship and a 13-1 record. They also earned the first-ever at-large bid in volleyball for an A-Sun team.
The Lady Bisons finished 21-9, losing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Ohio State.
Rosenthal credited his assistant coaches Billy Ebel, Ann Armes and Dak Siverton along with Will Osburn, assistant director of strength and conditioning, and trainer Kelsey Ferguson for the team’s success this season.
“There are a lot of talented coaches out there,” Rosenthal said. “For me, more than anything, it is job well-done for the staff.
“It was not an easy season. Everything didn’t go as planned. We all worked hard. The girls bought into our vision.”