September 04, 20151st2nd3rd4thFinal
Ball State261516181
Lipscomb242525253
BSUTeam StatsLIP
.096Hitting Pct..217
42Kills50
29Errors22
135Total Attacks129
40Assists47
1Aces7
48Digs54
10.0Blocks8.0
BSULeadersLIP
FUELLING - 15
KillsDOBSON - 13
SPITZNAGLE - 13
SPADAFORA - 34
AssistsOSTROM - 43
FUELLING - 1
AcesANDERSON - 2
THOMAS - 2
SPADAFORA - 15
DigsTHOMAS - 16
RAKER - 7
BlocksDOBSON - 4
September 04, 20151st2nd3rd4thFinal
Pepperdine222521231
Lipscomb252325253
PEPTeam StatsLIP
.172Hitting Pct..232
51Kills63
23Errors20
163Total Attacks185
51Assists61
2Aces3
89Digs79
7.0Blocks11.0
PEPLeadersLIP
LYONS - 16
KillsDOBSON - 19
STREHLOW - 43
AssistsOSTROM - 55
DYKSTRA - 1
MORGAN - 1
AcesOSTROM - 1
ESTES - 1
ANDERSON - 1
DYKSTRA - 34
DigsANDERSON - 21
STREHLOW - 3
WYLIE - 3
BlocksDOBSON - 5
September 05, 20151st2nd3rdFinal
Florida Atlantic2625253
Lipscomb2420230
FAUTeam StatsLIP
.228Hitting Pct..115
42Kills37
19Errors24
101Total Attacks113
40Assists34
3Aces0
46Digs34
13.0Blocks5.0
FAULeadersLIP
BROWN - 10
RANKOVIC - 10
KillsESTES - 10
MARTINEZ - 20
AssistsOSTROM - 25
RISTIC - 2
Aces
GOLSTON - 18
DigsESTES - 10
BROWN - 6
BlocksSPITZNAGLE - 4
Volleyball set to host Lipscomb Invitational
Thursday, September 3, 2015
By Mark McGee
Volleyball set to host Lipscomb Invitational

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb Invitational, sponsored by Courtyard Marriott-Brentwood, features three teams with perfect seasons after the first weekend of regular season play and one with a single loss.

Lipscomb’s volleyball team is off to a 3-0 start this season for the first time in program history. They opened with a match sweep in the Utah Classic beating Cal State-Northridge 3-2, Idaho State 3-1 and Utah, then ranked No. 23, 3-1.

Pepperdine and FAU both enter the Lipscomb Invitational with 4-0 records. Both hosted tournaments to open the season.

Ball State lost to IUPUI Wednesday and enters the tournament 3-1. Ball State also hosted a tournament and finished 3-0 including a win over Lipscomb rival Belmont.

FAU was once a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Lady Bisons are 0-4 against FAU. The last time the teams met was in 2005.

Lipscomb is 0-1 against Pepperdine, losing 3-0 in the Asics Classic in 2007 in Malibu, California.

This will be the first time Lipscomb has played Ball State in volleyball.

Friday’s schedule at Allen Arena starts at 10 a.m. with Pepperdine facing FAU. Lipscomb and Ball State play at 12:30. Lunch will be served picnic-style by Sodexo in front of Allen Arena beginning at 10:30 a.m.

At 5 p.m. FAU and Ball State meet followed by Lipscomb and Pepperdine at 7:30 p.m. The match between Lipscomb and Pepperdine can also be seen on ASun TV.

Saturday Pepperdine and Ball State will play at 12:30 p.m. followed by Lipscomb and FAU at 2:30. The match between Lipscomb and FAU will be shown on ESPN3.

SCOUTING REPORTS

Ball State: The Cardinals beat Albany (3-1), Belmont (3-2) and New Mexico (3-2) in the Active Ankle Challenge.

Alex Fuelling leads Ball State with 66 kills, an average of 3.59 per set. She also has 50 digs, 2.94 per set.

Kati Vasalakis paces Ball State in digs with 86, an average of 5.06 per set.

FAU: The Owls have a well-balanced offensive attack with four players with more than 30 kills. Brittney Brown leads the way with 43 kills, an average of 3.58 per set.

Defensively, three players have more than 40 digs. Natalie Rosado has 46 (5.11 per set) followed by Kristina Rankovic with 45 (3.75 per set) and Maja Ristic with 43.

Pepperdine: The Waves roll in with seven returning letterwinners. One of Pepperdine’s wins in its tournament was a 3-1 decision over Alabama from the Southeastern Conference.

Three players have more than 30 kills this season. Nikki Lyons leads with 48 (3.69 per set) followed by Heidi Dyer with 43 (3.07).

Lara Dykstra is the leader in digs with 56, 4.0 per set.

A side note is Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal received his undergraduate degree from Pepperdine.

QUICK HITS

The national scene: Lipscomb received 18 votes for the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top 25 this week in recognition of their 3-0 start.

A shining Jewell: Redshirt senior middle blocker Jewell Dobson made a triumphant return to the court in the Utah Classic with 46 kills, 14 or more in each match.

She had not played since sustaining a season-ending Injury in the fourth match of the 2014 season.

Dobson was named MVP of the Utah Classic. She was also named A-Sun Player of the Week,

Big debuts: Freshman outside hitters Lauren Anderson and Carly Nusbaum made an instant impact in their first collegiate matches.

Anderson recorded a double-double with 13 kills and 13 digs in her first college match against Cal State-Northridge. She finished in double figures in two of the three matches.

Nusbaum, due to an injury, played in only two matches but had double figures in kills in both. She added a team-high 17 kills in the match win over Utah.

Ostrom on target: Setter Kayla Ostrom recorded more than 50 assists in two of the three matches. She made a season-high 58 against Cal State-Northridge and 56 against Utah. Both were match highs. She also added a match-high 49 assists against Idaho State.

Ostrom was named to the All-Tournament Team in the Utah Classic.

Thomas can dig it: Brittany Thomas was named Libero of the Tournament in the Utah Classic.

She made a career and match high 21 digs in the win over No. 23 Utah. She added a match-high 17 digs in the win over Cal State-Northridge.