|October 02, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
ANDERSON - 11
THOMAS - 2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Right side Brittnay Estes can earn a point with a powerful kill shot. She can dig a volleyball with an equal level of skill. But on the court she is also known for her supercharged enthusiasm and that has made a major difference for her Lipscomb teammates.
“It doesn’t matter what I get as long as we win and as long as we are playing as hard as we can with energy and enthusiasm,” Estes, one of three team captains, said. “Honestly, it comes down to winning a ring. In games and in practices I don’t care about anything except getting a championship ring.
“You have to feed confidence to your own teammates. You tell them, `that’s a good job’ and `that’s awesome’. You encourage them and encourage them. That is the only thing you can do as a leader and a teammate.”
The Bisons are back in action Sunday afternoon at 2 in Allen Arena when Florida Gulf Coast visits for an Atlantic Sun match.
“It starts with the focus of the players and having everybody on the same page from the first ball in the match,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “When that is happening no one is looking over their shoulder asking how do we make this up or how do we do this or that. Everybody is just dialed in.
“Brittnay is doing a fantastic job of keeping everybody going. And it is not just Brittnay. Everybody is on. There is constant communication and that is great to see.”
Lipscomb holds a 12-4 overall series record against FGCU. At Allen Arena the Bisons are 6-2 against the Eagles.
The last time FGCU beat Lipscomb was in the 2012 season, winning both matches 3-0.
Both teams enter the match with 2-0 A-Sun records. Both of those wins for both teams have been at NJIT and against Stetson.
Last season Lipscomb finished first in the conference followed by FGCU.
Lipscomb, 9-7 overall, has won four of its last five matches.
Jewell Dobson leads the Bisons in kills with 195 followed by Estes with 156, Molly Spitznagle with 131, Laura Anderson with 107 and Carly Nusbaum with 105.
Brittany Thomas has 247 digs. Estes is second with 142. Lauren Anderson has 139 digs and Kayla Ostrom has made 116.
Spitznagle has been credited with 48 blocks, 11 solo. Dobson has 41 blocks, nine solo.
FGCU is 10-6 overall. The Eagles are 5-1 in road games, 3-3 at home and 2-2 at neutral sites.
Freshman Amanda Carroll is the leader for FGCU. She has doubles figures in kills in 14 of 16 matches. She has 209 kills for the season, 3.54 per set.
Eleonora Kazarian has made 146 kills followed by Marlene Moeller with 116.
Vanessa Benke sets the pace in digs with 234, 4.03 per set. Carroll has 126 digs and Courtney Stephens has made 116.
Kazarian has 45 total blocks and Moeller has 35.
“If we continue to play at this level great things are going to happen,” Rosenthal said. “There is a lot happening on our side (of the net). It is frustrating for other teams and hard to compete with. And that is by design.”
- Lauren Anderson is the fifth Lipscomb player to break 100 kills for the season.
- The Bisons practiced Saturday morning. Under a new schedule plan for the conference teams primarily will play on Fridays and Sundays.
“This is different,” Rosenthal said. “We started talking about this back in the summer. We have a plan for it and we will see if it works.
“It gives us some extra time to watch video. It is a little bit of a different rhythm so we will see.”
Lipscomb heads to Jacksonville, Florida to face UNF Friday, Oct. 9, and Jacksonville Saturday, Oct. 10, in back-to-back A-Sun matches. This is an exception to the Friday-Sunday schedule.