NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The first NCAA Division I RPI ranking is out and the Lipscomb volleyball team is ranked 102.
That is the highest ranking for an Atlantic Sun team this week. Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal expects his team to improve its status before the season ends.
“It is what it is,” Rosenthal said. “I would love to be higher. It is really easy to get caught up in it and I would be lying if I didn’t say I was one of those.
“Looking ahead we will let the formula work itself out. Our focus is on the next match and the things we can control.”
Looking back at the non-conference portion of the season the ranking could have been higher if more matches had ended in the favor of the Bisons.
“There were a couple of variables we could have controlled that didn’t go our way,” Rosenthal said. “There were a couple of variables we can’t control that haven’t gone our way. We have to accept the fact this is our number at this point.”
While the RPI generates a level of interest both the Lipscomb coaches and the players have one major goal in mind and that is the A-Sun Tournament championship.
“For us there is way more focus on the conference championship because we have lost it for the past two years,” Rosenthal said. “I think it is one of those things where we have to understand the task at hand. Right now, they have really bought in to just being ready for the next match and I think that is all that matters.
“We have to keep our focus and keep moving forward. We can’t get caught up in sets and points. We have to play our game. We can’t control how another team plays on its side of the net, but we can on our side.”
National numbers: Setter Kayla Ostrom has moved up to fourth in the nation in assists per set in NCAA Division I with 11.73. She is 10th in total assists with 751.
The Bisons are 32nd as a team with 13.09 assists per set. They are 33rd in team assists with 838.
Lipscomb is 46th in team kills with 876. The Bisons are 54th in kills per set with 13.69.
Conference numbers: The Bisons dominate the top 10 in hitting percentage in A-Sun matches only.
Middle blocker Jewell Dobson leads the way with a .543. Outside hitter Lauren Anderson is second at .478. Middle blocker Molly Spitznagle is third at .457.
Right side Brittnay Estes is fifth with a .393. Outside hitter Chloe Rogers is seventh at .354.
Overall, Spitznagle is first in the conference (.358) and Dobson is sixth (.309).
Estes is 11th in kills in conference matches only (29, 3.22 per set) and Dobson is tied for 12th (28, 3.11 per set).
Dobson is fifth overall in kills (196, 3.16 per set) and Estes is ninth (169, 2.64 per set).
Libero Brittany Thomas is third overall in digs with 263, 4.11 per set. She is seventh in A-Sun matches only with 39, 4.33 per set.
Ostrom is first overall in the conference in assists and third in A-Sun matches only with 109.
She is first in assists per set overall and first in assists per set in the conference (12.11).