Volleyball locks in second highest RPI ranking
Monday, December 22, 2014
By Mark McGee
Volleyball locks in second highest RPI ranking

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb Bisons volleyball team finished the season with a final RPI of 39.

It is the second highest end of the season finish for the Lady Bisons. They were 36th at the end of the 2009 season.

“I'm excited about our finish and where we ended up in the final RPI,” Lipscomb volleyball coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “We have talked over the past five seasons about becoming more and more a part of the national conversation and I think this year we accomplished that.

“It is truly amazing what this program has done and what it continues to strive for. This is the second time we have finished within the top 40 and our next goal will be to finish within the top 30.”

The Lady Bisons won the Atlantic Sun regular season title with a 13-1 record. They received the first ever at large NCAA bid for an A-Sun volleyball team. They lost to Ohio State 3-0 in the first round of regionals in Lexington, Kentucky.

They finished with a 21-9 record overall. The won-lost percentage of .700 was 57th best in the nation. The Lady Bisons were also 57th in team assists with 1,524.

Individually, sophomore setter Kayla Ostrom finished 22nd in the nation in assists per set with 11.17.  Senior outside hitter Lauren Ford was 51st in total kills with 448.

“I can't say enough about our girls and all that they put into this program,” Rosenthal said. “I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished but even more proud of the family that we have created.

“This is one of those years that I will always remember, not for the number next to our name but the journey we experienced together.  I am very lucky to be able to come to work every day with an amazing support staff and equally amazing student athletes whom all believe in our vision and everything LUV stands for.”