|September 05, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
RANKOVIC - 10
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It is never wanted. It is seldom anticipated. But sometimes a team just has one of those days when few things go the way they would like.
Such was the case for the Lipscomb volleyball team which lost 3-0 to Florida Atlantic Saturday afternoon in the Courtyard Marriott-Brentwood Lipscomb Invitational at Allen Arena.
“I think it was lack of execution more than anything,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “Florida Atlantic came in with a great game plan. And I thought we had a decent one.
“From the start of the match we just really didn’t execute. I thought we were chasing ourselves because we didn’t establish anything. We were making adjustments mid-set and we hadn’t established anything one way or another. We didn’t play our best. That is on us.”
Lipscomb finished the tournament 2-1. The loss was the first of the season for the Lady Bisons who are 5-1. Florida Atlantic is 5-2 and finished 1-2 in the tournament.
Three Lipscomb players were named to the seven-person all-tournament team – setter Kayla Ostrom, middle blocker Molly Spitznagle and libero Brittany Thomas.
Lipscomb lost set one 26-24, set two 25-20 and set three 25-23. The Lady Bisons opened a 9-1 lead in set three but could not sustain the pace.
“We didn’t finish in the third set,” Rosenthal said. “There was some of that in the second set too. We worked hard to take a lead and missed some opportunities.
“We started playing outside of what we needed to do. We weren’t that far off when you look at the score. We were taking risks. We didn’t play our brand of volleyball.”
Lipscomb right side Brittnay Estes was the only player on the team to finish in double figures. She recorded her third double-double of the season with 10 kills and 10 digs. She tied for the match-high in kills.
Brittney Brown and Kristina Rankovic each made 10 kills for Florida Atlantic. Raveen Golston was credited with a match-high 18 digs.
Rosenthal was pleased with the crowd support, especially from Lipscomb students. Friday night approximately 500 fans were in attendance, including a large and boisterous student section. An estimated 320 fans were on hand Saturday afternoon.
“The crowd Friday night was awesome,” Rosenthal said. “It was probably the best student crowd I have seen in a long time. I really appreciate that.
“I want to make it a special thing for them. I think this is a special team. It is really kind of a cool thing to see them get after it as fans.”
- Lipscomb is 0-5 overall against Florida Atlantic. The Owls are a former Atlantic Sun team.
- Middle blocker Jewell Dobson sat out the third set against Florida Atlantic.
“Jewell was a little banged up this afternoon,” Rosenthal said. “It is early in the season. We made the decision not to push it. It was a tough decision, but part of coaching is managing players.”
- The 5-0 start for Lipscomb was the best opening to the season in program history.
“It is great to be 5-1 this early in the season,” Rosenthal said. “But you don’t want to lose any match. We wanted to end the weekend strong because the girls had worked so hard. We have to take every opportunity one step at a time.”
The Lady Bisons head to Omaha, Nebraska for the Bluejay Invitational hosted by Creighton. The Lady Bisons face Creighton on Sept. 11. They play Pacific and CSU-Bakersfield on Sept. 12.