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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Lipscomb volleyball team beat No. 23-ranked Utah 3-1 Saturday night on its home court at the Huntsman Center to win the Utah Classic.
“When we sign up for these tournaments we don’t sign up to come in second place,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “We talked about this was an opportunity to continue to take the program forward.
Middle blocker Jewell Dobson was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Brittany Thomas was honored as Libero of the Tournament. Setter Kayla Ostrom was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Lipscomb opened with a 25-19 set one win but fell 30-28 in set two. The Lady Bisons held on for a 25-23 victory in set three and closed out the match with another 25-23 decision.
“They basically controlled the match from the start,” Rosenthal said. “We had some swings at the end of set two to take it, but Utah made some nice plays to win it. I’m just pumped that we came back.
“It was fun to watch. Our girls obviously weren’t nervous. It was a just a matter of going out and playing. These girls are all very talented. When they get moving on the same page it is pretty awesome to see.”
Freshman outside hitter Carly Nusbaum led Lipscomb with 17 kills, a season and career high. Dobson added 14 followed by outside hitter Lauren Anderson with 12 and right side Brittnay Estes with 11.
“It is fun to think about what we are going to be in the future,” Rosenthal said. “And then you also have one of the best in Jewell Dobson.
“We had to be patient with Jewell. Utah did a lot of stuff in the first two sets that limited her ability to run the slide. I made a comment to Kayla between sets two and three that if she felt it to go with it to Jewell. I will always put Jewell up against the best.”
Estes recorded a double-double adding 10 digs.
Thomas made a match-high and career high 21 digs. Jenny Phelan added 13, also a career high.
“Thomas was just on fire,” Rosenthal said. “We talked about defense going down the stretch. I called a time out when it was 14-11. I wanted to let them know they were more than prepared for this. We got the majority of our blocks in sets three and four.
“I told them whatever happens to own the moment. We were going to learn and do the things we know best. We weren’t going to give up. I could speak hours on each girl on the team.”
Nusbaum also set a season and career high with a .361 hitting percentage. Spitznagle finished with a .350 hitting percentage and Ostrom was at .333.
Ostrom led with a match-high 56 assists.
“Kayla put in a brilliant tournament,” Rosenthal said. “She is one of the hardest working players, not just with her team effort but the long hours she spends by herself working on her craft. It really showed against Utah.”
The Lady Bisons are 3-0 to begin the season for the first time in program history. Utah fell to 2-1.
Rosenthal has no problems calling this the deepest team he has put on the court.
“This weekend was an example of that,” Rosenthal said. “Carly Nusbaum goes down with an ankle injury and couldn’t go this morning. Chloe Rogers came in against Idaho State and did a great job.
“The maturity of this team is impressive with a mixture of the young and old. It is neat to see. These girls want more.”
- The Lady Bisons got revenge against Utah. The Utes beat Lipscomb 3-1 last season at Allen Arena in the Lipscomb Invitational.
- In the second match of the 2014 season Lipscomb beat then No. 22 Kansas on its home court after losing the season opener to then No. 23 Creighton.
- This was the first time Thomas had made 20 or more digs in a match.
- Ostrom finished with more than 50 assists for the second time this season.
Lipscomb will be in Allen Arena this Friday and Saturday for the Lipscomb Invitational. Joining Lipscomb are Pepperdine, Florida Atlantic and Ball State. All four teams are 3-0 after the first weekend.