|October 02, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
ANDERSON - 11
THOMAS - 2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal told his players in his pregame talk he had no doubts they were ready to go.
His Bisons proved his observation to be correct with a 3-0 sweep of Stetson in the first Atlantic Sun Conference home match of the season Friday night at Allen Arena.
Lipscomb won set one 25-18, set two 25-19 and set three 25-11.
“The focus of our girls was fantastic from the very first point,” Rosenthal said. “We have seen it in practice. We saw it Tuesday night (in a loss to Western Kentucky.
“I think we frustrated Stetson early. From there, and really in set two, we did a fantastic job of picking up balls. Everything they threw our way we were on it. I told them to go out and play their game and they did.”
Right side Brittnay Estes and outside hitter Lauren Anderson tied for the match lead in kills with 11 apiece. They were both effective on the night with Estes posting a .526 hitting percentage and Anderson hitting .500. Estes also made two service aces.
“We have five or six girls who can put the ball away,” Estes said. “When you have that many girls who can put the ball away it is like, `who am I going to worry about the most?’ for the other team.
“Kayla (Ostrom) was spreading the floor really great against Stetson. We all had one-on-one blocks. It becomes easy for the hitters when you have hitters who can execute on the front side and Kayla who can work the middle and work the outside and pass it back to the right side.”
Lauren Anderson has shown signs of excellence in both her offensive and defensive efforts. Rosenthal points to the desire of the freshman to be better in all facets of the game.
“Lauren has really worked hard over the last two or three weeks on the mental part of the game,” Rosenthal said. “We had a great conversation after practice Thursday. She is just working on being the complete package.
“Some of it is getting into the next level and understanding everybody is a little bit better than the players you played against in high school and club. It isn’t a struggle. It is a realization. She is making some adjustments. You can see it is important to her.”
Middle blocker Jewell Dobson added 10 kills with a .500 hitting percentage. Dobson led the team with three total blocks.
Libero Brittnay Thomas made a match-high 16 digs and two service aces.
Ostrom finished with 33 assists, two kill, seven digs and one service ace.
Lipscomb is 2-0 in the conference, 9-7 overall. Stetson falls to 0-2 in the A-Sun, 5-10 overall.
“It was a good effort for our first home conference match,” Lauren Anderson said. “Everybody was scoring and putting the ball away. It was great.”
- Stetson has never beaten Lipscomb at Allen Arena. The Bisons hold a 17-1 edge in the series.
- Lauren Anderson’s hitting percentage was a season and career high. Estes set a season high for hitting percentage. It was the third time this season Dobson has posted a .500 or higher hitting percentage.
- The Bisons have won both of their A-Sun matches in straight sets. The .423 hitting percentage against Stetson marked the second time the Bisons have finished with a .400-plus hitting percentage in an A-Sun match this season. They hit a season-high .444 at NJIT, the highest hitting percentage for the team since hitting .475 against Samford in 2013.
Lipscomb returns to the court at Allen Arena Sunday to face Florida Gulf Coast in an A-Sun match. FGCU swept NJIT 3-0 Friday night in Newark, N.J. FGCU is 2-0 in the conference, 10-6 overall.