|September 19, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
EVANSTON, Ill. – The weight of the season just got a little lighter for the Lipscomb volleyball team.
The Bisons got back in the win column Saturday afternoon with a 3-1 win over Milwaukee in the Wildcat Classic at Northwestern University.
“This win gives us a lot of confidence,” Lipscomb right side Brittnay Estes said. “It is kind of a weight lifted off of our shoulders. “
The Bisons opened with a 25-17 win in set one and lost set two 25-17. They came back after the match break to take set three 25-23 and set four 25-18 at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
Estes set the pace offensively with a match-high 20 kills. She was one dig short of a double-double with nine. Her .425 hitting percentage led the team.
“I realized we want to win and order for us to win we have to give it everything we’ve got,” Estes said. “This past week I was playing angry, but I know I have to do my part in order for us to win.”
Estes and middle blockers Jewell Dobson and Molly Spitznagle serve as the tri-captains. Estes says all three of them have to elevate their play, but they can’t do it alone.
“When Molly, Jewell and I aren’t playing so hot we need the other girls to step up,” Estes said. “We have been focusing on playing together as a team and holding each other accountable.
“It is about staying positive and having fun. We have to realize this is a game we love to play.”
Also in double figures in kills were Dobson with 13 and outside hitter Chloe Rogers with 12.
Libero Brittany Thomas made 14 digs. Outside hitter Lauren Anderson added 13.
Anderson also made two service aces.
“The girls did a good job of dictating the action early and putting pressure on Milwaukee,” “I liked the tone we started with. We just continued to add more and more pressure as the match went on.
“I think some of our execution was a little bit cleaner. There was more of a sense of urgency. I thought our serving was great. We did a nice job of following the scouting report. We switched some people around and gave Milwaukee some different looks.”
Rosenthal talks often about the Bisons having a target on their back and teams are aiming everything they have at them this season.
“Unfortunately for us teams are playing very good defense against us,” Rosenthal said. “It is hard for us. It seems like teams, for whatever reason, are playing lights out against us. That is pressure we don’t need. It has been a little bit tougher to put balls away.
“We are going to get everybody set and stay the course. We need to push a little bit harder offensively. We have to take care of our side of the ball. We can’t just settle for what opponents give us.”
- This was the first time in her career Estes had made 20 kills in a match. She broke her career high of 19 set Sept. 6 last season against Illinois State.
- The victory ended a six-game losing streak for Lipscomb and evened the season record at 6-6. It was the ninth straight loss for Milwaukee, 2-9, from the Horizon League. It was the first volleyball match between the two schools.
- Rogers has double figures in kills in back-to-back matches and has three matches this season in double figures.
Lipscomb is on the road again for the next match, but the Bisons will only have to go down the street to face Belmont in volleyball’s version of the “Battle of the Boulevard” at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Dobson is the only Lipscomb player who has played Belmont on its home court. The two teams will have a rematch Oct. 20 at Allen Arena.
“We are excited about Tuesday,” Rosenthal said. “I am sure they are excited to play us. We are not going to get an easy match by any means. We are going to get their best and we are going to give our best.”