Excitement in the air for A-Sun volleyball home opener
Thursday, October 1, 2015
By Mark McGee
Excitement in the air for A-Sun volleyball home opener

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It’s the first Atlantic Sun home volleyball match of the season for Lipscomb and coach Brandon Rosenthal expects there will be extra excitement in the air at Allen Arena.

The Bisons face Stetson Friday night at 6:30.

“It is fun to play in front of our crowds,” Rosenthal said. “We have been road warriors in some sense this season.

“Over the years we have played well at home. The excitement level is there for our girls to be playing a conference match at home.”

Rosenthal expects his players to rebound from their 3-0 loss to Western Kentucky Tuesday night.

“There is not a doubt in my mind that we are ready and I don’t think there is a doubt in their minds,” Rosenthal said. “In practice the intensity and focus has been there. They are ready to go hard.

“I think everybody understands what we have tried to do with our schedule to be ready for the conference season. For us, we have 14 conference matches and they all count the same. We have to take care of business no matter who we are playing.”

The match will be available live on ESPN3.

Series history: Lipscomb is 16-1 overall against Stetson. The only victory for Stetson in the series is a 3-0 decision in 2003 in DeLand, Florida.

Scouting report: Lipscomb is 1-0 in the Atlantic Sun, 8-7 overall.

Middle blocker Jewell Dobson has 175 kills for the Bisons, one of four players with more than 100 kills. She is averaging 3.12 kills per set.

Libero Brittany Thomas has 231 digs, leading a group of four players on the team with more than 100 digs.

The Bisons posted a 3-0 win on the road at NJIT to open the A-Sun portion of the season.

The Hatters enter the weekend with a 0-1 record in the A-Sun, 5-9 overall. They have played 11 games on the road.

Kayla Weller is eighth in assists per set in the A-Sun with 7.45. Madison Fitzsimmons is second in blocks per set with 1.08, 56 total.

Haley Tippett leads the team with 140 kills, 2.64 per set. Tippett also sets the pace in digs with 135, 2.55 per set.

Weller is third in the conference in service aces with .36 per set, 19 total.

They opened the conference portion of the season with a 3-1 home loss to Florida Gulf Coast. Last year Stetson also opened with a loss to FGCU but then went on a five-match winning streak. The Hatters have lost their last three matches.

National rankings: Lipscomb setter Kayla Ostrom is eighth in the nation in assists per set with 11.55. She is 19th in total assists with 670.

As a team Lipscomb is 58th in assists per set with 12.76.

A-Sun stats report: Middle blocker Molly Spitznagle leads the conference with a .355 hitting percentage. Dobson is ninth with a .289 hitting percentage.

Ostrom is on top of the A-Sun in both total assists and assists per set.

Dobson is eighth in kills per set with 3.12. Outside hitter Carly Nusbaum is ninth at 3.00.

Lauren Anderson is tied for fourth in service aces per set with .34. She is tied for fourth in total service aces with 20.

Thomas is seventh in digs per set with 3.98.

As a team Lipscomb leads in assists per set.

The Bisons are third in kills per set with 13.31.

Next:

The Bisons complete the weekend at Allen Arena Sunday at 2 p.m. when FGCU visits. FGCU will play at NJIT Friday night.