NASHVILLE, Tenn. – When the Lipscomb Bisons play follow the leader on the volleyball court the player in the lead often is a different one each time around.
Six different players have led the team in kills in matches this season as the Bisons have posted a 15-8 record.
Middle blocker Jewell Dobson is leading the way with 270. Right side Brittnay Estes has 264 followed by middle blocker Molly Spitznagle with 182, outside hitter Lauren Anderson with 162, outside hitter Carly Nusbaum with 160 and outside hitter Chloe Rogers with 123.
Dobson has posted the team high six times, the match high three times and has tied for the team high twice. Estes has led the team in four matches, tied for the team lead in three, tied for the match lead in five and posted one match high. Nusbaum has led the team four times and has one match high. Rogers has led the team three times and tied for one match high and one team high. Lauren Anderson has tied for both the match lead and team lead twice. Spitznagle has led the team once, recorded one match high and tied for the lead.
Setter Kayla Ostrom is the leader in the conference and in the top 10 nationally in assists as she decides which targets to get the ball to in each match.
“What you have seen throughout the year is that Estes hasn’t been the leader statistically like she has been for the past couple of weeks,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “We needed that and it was awesome to see.
“But this team has found ways to win no matter which one of them has been the leader. I think what is unique about it is all of them have been leaders.”
The challenge for Rosenthal is to get all of his players on the same level.
“We have done that in a couple of matches,” Rosenthal said. “We have done it where we have four people really clicking and one is a little off.
“It is hard to do … no doubt about it. You come back and look at the stats and say you wish this person or that person had been better. But then you look and see that your team hit .355. I think we are doing some great stuff.”
RPI jump: The Bisons are 74th in this week’s NCAA RPI, a jump of eight spots from last week. Florida Gulf Coast is 85th. They are the only two Atlantic Sun teams in the top 100.
Lipscomb and FGCU are tied for the conference lead with 7-1 records.
National numbers: Setter Kayla Ostrom continues to be in the top 10 in assists. She is sixth nationally in assists per set (11.77) and ninth in total assists (1,035).
As a team the Bisons are 12th in assists per set (13.44) and 15th in team assists (1,183). They are 24th in team kills with 1,240. They are 33rd in kills per set with 14.09.
A-Sun rankings: Overall in the conference Spitznagle leads with a .346 hitting percentage followed by Dobson in third at .329. Estes is ninth at .269.
Ostrom is the overall leader in both assists per set and total assists.
Three Bisons are in the top 10 in kills per set. Dobson is fourth (3.21), Nusbaum is fifth (3.20) and Estes is ninth (3.0). Dobson is fourth overall in total kills at 270.
Libero Brittany Thomas is sixth in digs per set with 4.06. She is fourth in total digs with 357.
Overall as a team Lipscomb leads the conference in hitting percentage (.241), assists, kills and kills per set.
In A-Sun matches only Dobson leads in hitting percentage (.465). Spitznagle is fourth (.336) and Estes is sixth (.320).
Ostrom leads in assists per set (12.11) and is second in total assists with 339.
Estes is second in kills per set (3.71) and is third in total kills (104). Dobson is fourth in kills per set with 3.42. She has 89 total.
Ostrom is tied for ninth in service aces per set (0.25).
Thomas is tied for sixth in digs per set with 4.0. She is sixth in total digs with 112.
As a team Lipscomb leads in hitting percentage (.310), opponent hitting percentage (.127), assists (414), assists per set (14.79) and kills per set 15.68. The Bisons are second in total kills with 439.
Next: This week the Bisons are on the road stopping at USC Upstate Friday at 5 p.m. and celebrating Halloween at Kennesaw State Saturday at 6 p.m.