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.172Hitting Pct..232
163Total Attacks185
LYONS - 16
KillsDOBSON - 19
AssistsOSTROM - 55
AcesOSTROM - 1
BlocksDOBSON - 5
Volleyball's Ostrom has many options to choose from
Friday, September 4, 2015
By Mark McGee
Volleyball's Ostrom has many options to choose from

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb setter Kayla Ostrom has more options than a stock trader when she hits the court.

Ostrom, who led the match with 55 assists, set four players who finished with double figures as the Lipscomb volleyball team beat Pepperdine 3-1 Friday night in the final match of the first day of the Courtyard Marriott-Brentwood Lipscomb Invitational at Allen Arena.

“Sometimes it is an easy decision,” Ostrom said. “When someone is on you just get them the ball. In most cases it is Jewell Dobson. Sometimes it is Brittnay Estes, Molly Spitznagle is always very reliable. I have a lot of good options.

“You want to get the middles the ball. You keep running to the middles especially in transition. Sometimes in receive, when our passes aren’t great, I have to think about it. When the other middles are going with our middles it is hard sometimes for me to recognize it.”

The Lady Bisons opened the match with a 25-22 win. Pepperdine came back in set two for a 25-23 decision. Lipscomb closed out the match with a 25-21 set three victory and a 25-23 set four win.

It was the first loss of the season for Pepperdine, 5-1. For Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal the victory was a little different since he is a graduate of Pepperdine. He told his players before the match began it was not about him.

“I went to school there and I love the school,” Rosenthal said. “It is really easy to get caught up in that and make it about me versus them, but that was not the case. They have a tough team. They are going to win a lot of matches. This win is really going to help us at the end of the year.”

“We had two really good teams going at it. There were times in this match when I wanted it so bad. Here’s where it is nice – in 2007 we went out there and we lost pretty good (3-0). Now our program has advanced so that is nice to see.

Dobson, a middle blocker, made a match-high and personal season-high 19 kills. Also in double figures were outside hitter Carly Nusbaum with 12 followed by outside hitter Lauren Anderson with 11. Right side Estes added 10.

Outside hitter Lauren Anderson made a team-high and personal season and career high 21 digs for a double-double. Estes added 12 digs.

Libero Brittany Thomas finished with 19 digs. Setter Kayla Ostrom also made 12 digs and defensive specialist Jenny Phelan chipped in with 10.

Dobson made a match-high five blocks.

Quick Hits

  • Middle blocker Katie Bradley made her first appearance of the season and made a kill on her first play. She finished with one kill and one solo blocked shot in one set.

“It was a little of a strategic thing,” Rosenthal said. “They were struggling stopping the slide and Molly was not running it particularly well after running it better than she ever has before in the Ball State match.

“Bradley has been doing a great job in practice. We had, for all intents and purposes, a starter sitting there. She had two points, but it was about when she got those two points. They were huge.”

  • It was the third time this season Ostrom has made more than 50 assists and the eighth time in her career.
  • Phelan’s 10 digs were a career match high.
  • Estes has two double-doubles this season. She had 11 kills and 10 digs against Utah. Lauren Anderson also has two double-doubles.
  • The 2007 season was special for Lipscomb. But it didn’t start out that way. The Lady Bisons lost their first seven matches, including one in Pepperdine’s tournament.

“It was one of those trips where everything went all wrong.” Rosenthal said.

  • Lauren Anderson’s 21 digs tie Thomas for the team lead for digs in a match this season.
  • It was the second time this season Estes has finished in double figures in kills.

“We have plenty of girls who can put the ball away,” Estes said. “As long as we are winning games I don’t care who makes the plays.

“Offensively, Kayla and I haven’t been connecting. It is a matter of connecting after my surgery. A lot of it is mental. In this match we connected. She set some really great balls. Brandon has told me I have to put some balls away and he is right.”

Up Next

The Lady Bisons close out the Lipscomb Invitational at 2:30 Sunday against Florida Atlantic, 4-2. Pepperdine and Ball State, 4-2, open the day at 12:30.