August 29, 20151st2nd3rd4thFinal
Idaho State202226231
LIPTeam StatsISU
.184Hitting Pct..221
141Total Attacks140
KillsLYMAN - 16
AssistsFARRER - 40
DigsJOHNSON - 16
BlocksREEDER - 4
Volleyball downs Idaho State 3-1 in Utah Classic
Saturday, August 29, 2015
By Mark McGee/Kirk Downs
Volleyball downs Idaho State 3-1 in Utah Classic

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – It will be a test of speed versus height tonight when the Lipscomb volleyball team faces No. 23-ranked and tournament host Utah in the Utah Classic.

Earlier today the Lady Bisons its second match of the Utah Classic knocked off Idaho State 3-1 at `the Huntsman Center. They face Utah, 2-0, at 8 p.m.

“We knew what we were getting into when we came here,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “They are a taller team than we are.

“They do a good job of spreading the offense out. We try to do it with speed, but they run an offense with three hitters all the time.”

The Lady Bisons, 2-0, controlled the opening set against Idaho State behind freshman outside hitter Lauren Anderson’s four kills, taking it 25-20.

Trailing 4-1 early in the second set, senior middle blocker Jewell Dobson got rolling as she piled on five kills to help Lipscomb come from behind and take a 2-0 match lead with a 25-22 win.

Set three saw Lipscomb lead by as many as four points on four separate occasions, including 23-19, but the Bengals, 0-2, rallied to take seven of the last eight points and a 26-24 victory to keep the match alive.

“Idaho State is a great team,” Rosenthal said. “They are going to win a lot of matches. They have a solid group and they are well-coached.

“In all honesty it is a lot better win than people are going to give us credit for. This is one of those wins that is going to really help us at the end of the year.”

Dobson paced Lipscomb in the final set with four kills, but it was senior middle blocker Molly Spitznagle who put the match away with back-to-back kills to seal the victory 25-23.

Dobson closed the match with a team high 14 kills. Spitznagle also finished in double figures with 12 to go along with her team high .450 hitting percentage.

“All-in-all there were points where we didn’t pass extremely well, but we were still able to get some things going,” Rosenthal said. “I thought it was a good match.

“In set three we had a sizable lead, but I give Idaho State credit for coming back,” Rosenthal said. “We just didn’t finish what we started. It stinks, but it was a learning process. We ultimately came back in four and got the victory.

“There are expectations for this program. We have two pretty good wins. There hasn’t been a lot of celebrating. It is just an expectation that this is what we came to do. We have the idea in a tough, tough tournament like this that we expect to win every match.

Anderson added 12 digs and finished just two kills shy of recording back-to-back double-doubles with eight. Libero Brittany Thomas also had 12 digs.

“Lauren is going to be an all-around player for us,” Rosenthal said. “It is going to be important for her to really get into a rhythm.

“I really like what she is doing offensively and defensively. She was sitting at eight kills. We probably need 10 or 12 out of her consistently.”

Errors were still a problem, but Rosenthal liked the drop in service aces from the Cal State-Northridge match. Lipscomb finished with nine service aces against Idaho State.

“We made too many errors in sets two and three,” Rosenthal said. “But I thought we served extremely well. That was the difference in the match which is ironic because it was the difference in the Cal State-Northridge match for all of the wrong reasons.”

Tressa Lyman paced Idaho State with a match-high 16 kills while Chloe Hirst added 12.

Quick Hits:

  • Sophomore outside hitter Chloe Rogers made her first start of her career.

“I am proud of Chloe,” Rosenthal said. “It wasn’t always pretty but she battled through it.”

  • Senior Brittnay Estes, the Atlantic Sun Preseason Player of the Year, had a career match high three service aces. Anderson and Thomas each added two.
  • The 2-0 mark to open 2015 is the best start for the Lady Bisons since 2009 when they opened with wins against Western Kentucky and Tennessee Tech.
  • Setter Kayla Ostrom finished with a match-high 49 assists.
  • Lipscomb recorded 61 digs compared to Idaho State’s 54.
  • The Bengals out-hit the Lady Bisons .221 to .184.