|September 25, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
VUKOTIC - 5
TEETER - 1
ANDERSON - 1
TOSIC - 1
NEWARK, N.J. – Bright lights. Big city. Bigger win.
The Lipscomb volleyball team made its first trip to the Garden State to face the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Friday night and came away with a 3-0 sweep. It was the first time the two teams had met in volleyball. It was the Atlantic Sun Conference opener for both teams. NJIT is playing its first season in the A-Sun.
Newark is approximately eight miles from Manhattan and the Bisons spent Thursday night touring with stops that included Little Italy for dinner and the lights of Times Square and Rockefeller Center. It could have been easy to be overwhelmed, but Brittnay Estes, a tri-captain warned her teammates to remember why they were there.
“Brittnay stepped up and said we can’t just gallivant around New York City,” Rosenthal said. “She told the girls they had to take care of their end. I think there is a maturity with our girls.
“She pulled the girls aside and explained that not everybody gets to do what they have done on this trip. It is an awesome experience but it was their turn to take care of their end of the bargain.”
The Bisons dominated with a 25-15 win in set one followed by a 25-13 decision in set two and a 25-10 victory in set three.
“I thought our girls did a great job of executing the game plan,” Rosenthal said. “We kept the pressure on them the entire match.
“That is the game plan to dominate, but it is really hard to do. It is easier to say we expected it than it is to actually do it.”
The middle blockers were a force for Lipscomb with Molly Spitznagle leading the team with a match-high eight kills followed by Jewell Dobson with seven.
“We thought with the matchups that we had that we could exploit that angle,” Rosenthal said. “Getting it done was neat to see. Right out of the gate we put it on the other team to make quick decisions.”
Libero Brittany Thomas led the team in digs with seven.
“I was really impressed with what we did,” Rosenthal said. “I thought the focus of the girls was on point. I thought the mission of what we needed to get done was carried out and it was carried out throughout the entire match.
“That is hard to get done in a new environment. You aren’t sure about your opponent. The weekend as a whole has been amazing and the only thing that could have made it better was this win as the girls took care of what they needed to take care of.”
The Bisons have won three matches in a row and are 8-6 overall, 1-0 in the A-Sun. NJIT slipped to 4-10, 0-1 in the conference.
“We have to understand we are going to continue to have tough competition, but winning the match like we did will help,” Rosenthal said. “This is exactly what we expected and anticipated.
“It is not a surprise. It was just a matter of how quickly we were going to get it done. It is easy to put down on paper, but it is harder to see it at play.”
- Lipscomb has won its last eight A-Sun openers.
- Every healthy member of the team saw action against NJIT.
- The Bisons had previously lost three matches that were three sets in length. This was their first 3-0 win this season.
Lipscomb returns to Allen Arena Tuesday night for a 6:30 match with Western Kentucky.