September 29, 20151st2nd3rdFinal
Western Kentucky2525253
Lipscomb2217180
WKUTeam StatsLIP
.394Hitting Pct..204
45Kills39
8Errors17
94Total Attacks108
42Assists36
2Aces2
42Digs36
5.0Blocks1.0
WKULeadersLIP
CAVANAUGH - 15
KillsDOBSON - 13
LUCAS - 39
AssistsOSTROM - 34
O'CONNELL - 1
ENGLE - 1
AcesSPITZNAGLE - 1
THOMAS - 1
ENGLE - 10
DigsTHOMAS - 13
ANDERSON - 3
BlocksDOBSON - 1
ESTES - 1
Rosenthal looking for his team to go all out
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
By Mark McGee
Rosenthal looking for his team to go all out

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb volleyball coach Brandon Rosenthal was happy with about two-thirds of what he saw from his team against Western Kentucky.

But when it was all done the Bisons lost 3-0 to one of the top 30 teams in the country Tuesday night at Allen Arena.

“It was a lot of back and forth,” Rosenthal said. “For us for two-thirds of the match we were right there.

“But we are not there for moral victories and the girls are not there for moral victories. We have to do a little bit more to make it just a victory.”

Rosenthal wants to see his players step up and play the gutsy style of volleyball he knows they are capable of playing.

“We want them to go for it and be willing to fail,” Rosenthal said. “We’ve got guts, but I don’t know if we are willing to go all in and lay it on the line.

“When you have the guts to go for something, and be willing to fail, that means you are giving everything you’ve got. I want to see the anticipation and the willingness to make plays at the very end.”

WKU won set one 25-22, set two 25-17 and set three 25-18.

“We have to have the belief that we can do it and it doesn’t matter what point we are in,” Rosenthal said. “The end of set one is kind of indicative of what I am talking about. It was a bad pass here and bad play here. It is like, `come on guys’.

“WKU is going to make good plays. We have to do our part. And I don’t think we did our part at the end.”

Middle blocker Jewell Dobson led Lipscomb in kills with 13. Right side Brittnay Estes added 10 and posted a team-leading .308 hitting percentage.

Libero Brittany Thomas made a match-high 13 digs.

“The play by Jewell and Brittnay was great,” Rosenthal said. “Our outsides have to do a better job with their hitting percentages. I don’t think that is anything earth-shattering. They know that.

“It is young hitters and trusting in your ability and in the information we give to them. It is a continual process for young hitters at this point. But the great thing about it is that young hitters become experienced hitters over time and they are getting that experience.”

The Bisons ended a three-match winning streak and are 8-7. WKU has won 10 matches in a row and is 16-2.

“We got exactly what we expected out of them,” Rosenthal said. “They are well-coached and well-disciplined.

“We will come back to work Wednesday and try to seal up some of those areas we struggled with. I love what our team is doing, but against the 26th-ranked team a couple of things got exposed and we have to work on that. There is room for us to improve.”

Rosenthal continually is telling his players he believes in what they are capable of doing. The challenge is getting them to believe.

“Now we have to start trusting and believing in each other,” Rosenthal said. “It is a tricky thing right now. We have to get them to buy in and really and truly get after it.

“I thought we did some really good stuff against WKU. We have to be able to respect the game and play it one way only and that is all out.”

Quick hits

  • Lipscomb is 1-8 overall in the series with WKU.
  • Outside hitter Lauren Anderson is only four kills away from being the fifth player on the roster to have 100 or more kills.

Next

The Bisons are home this weekend when they return to Atlantic Sun Conference play. Friday at 6:30 they face Stetson. Sunday at 2 they will host FGCU.