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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Middle blocker Jewell Dobson is the only Lipscomb player who had played on Belmont’s home court and she had not been in a volleyball match at the Curb Event Center since 2011.
It took her four seasons to make her final trip there and it was a victorious return as the Lipscomb volleyball team roared back to beat Belmont 3-2 in the “Battle of the Boulevard”.
“I think we knew because of the rivalry that they were going to give us their best match,” Dobson said. “That is something we are seeing. People are giving us their very best play.
“I wouldn’t say it was unexpected. We need to realize we have to come ready to play from every point and that people are going to give us their best match. We can’t become complacent in matches. When we have a lead we need to keep going and put the pressure on the gas.”
Dobson was one of five Lipscomb players to finish in double figures in kills. It was the first time this season they have accomplished that feat.
Outside hitter Chloe Rogers led the way with 15. Dobson and Molly Spitznagle, also a middle blocker, each had 14. Right side Brittnay Estes added 12 and outside hitter Lauren Anderson closed with 10.
“We do have a really deep offense,” Dobson said. “We have so many options. If one thing isn’t working we have other options we can go to.
“I really like it. I am all about the team effort. We are all doing it. It is not just one person. I think it is great”
One of the standouts for Lipscomb was Spitznagle who led the team with a .433 hitting percentage eight blocks.
“Molly has been doing a fantastic job this season but the big difference in this match was her scoring,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “We have wanted to get her the ball. We think we can and we think she can score. It was good to see her get on track.”
After winning set one 25-21 the Bisons dropped set two 25-19 and set three 28-26. Lipscomb came back to tie the match with a 25-20 victory in set four. They closed out the match with a 15-13 decision.
“Late in sets we let some things get away from us,” Rosenthal said. “I thought we were completely out-worked in set two.
“At the end of set three we led most of the match and we let off of the gas and Belmont out-worked us. I was really pleased how our girls responded in sets four and five. We made a lot of the small plays. And that adds up. There was good stuff from us.”
Libero Brittany Thomas made a career high 29 digs. Estes completed the double-double with 16 digs.
“Brittany played really well,” Rosenthal said. “She came up with some key plays, especially in the fourth and fifth sets.
“It is not the number I noticed. It was the discipline she played with especially in sets four and five. That was huge.”
Setter Kayla Ostrom was credited with 12 digs. She also made a season-high and career-high 63 assists.
Lipscomb is 7-6. Belmont falls to 3-8.
“What I said to the girls at the end was that this was a good win,” Rosenthal said. “Anytime you get in a rivalry game like that some unexpected things are going to happen. We have been saying for the past couple of weeks we have to find a way to win and we did that.”
“Belmont played really good defense and blocked extremely well. You definitely have to tip your cap to them. Both coaches have some pretty good things to talk about but we get to talk about the `W’. That is important right now for this team to grow and build on. We will take it.”
- Lipscomb leads the series 12-12 and has won the last two meetings overall. The Bisons are 3-8 against Belmont at the Curb Event Center. The last time Lipscomb visited was Oct. 25, 2011, a 3-1 loss.
- Thomas has made more than 20 digs in a match three times this season. Her 29 digs were also the match high.
- It is the fourth double-double of the season for Estes.
- Estes tied her career and season highs in digs. She made 16 against CSU Bakersfield Sept. 12.
- Rogers has double figures in her last three matches.
- Ostrom’s previous high in assists was 61 against Kennesaw State Nov. 15 of last season.
Lipscomb heads to Newark, New Jersey Friday night to play the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the newest member of the Atlantic Sun Conference. This will be the conference season opener for both teams and the first time they have faced each other in volleyball.