NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal likes the progress of his team as it heads into the stretch run of the Atlantic Sun Conference portion of the regular season.
The Bisons have already clinched a berth in the A-Sun Tournament which will be held this season at Allen Arena. They enter this weekend with a 9-1 conference record, 17-8 overall.
“This group continues to drive harder and harder in practice,” Rosenthal said. “It’s exciting to watch them compete in the matches.”
The senior leadership of tri-captains Jewell Dobson, Brittnay Estes and Molly Spitznagle anchors the team. But the play of freshmen Carly Nusbaum and Lauren Anderson, as well as setter Kayla Ostrom and libero Brittany Thomas, is also making a difference.
“Many think that when we talk about practice s that we are strictly speaking of volleyball skills,” Rosenthal said. “A good deal of our success is directly related to the growth of the individual and team leadership that we continue to work through.
“We have always put a good amount of emphasis on team dynamics and that takes time. We have discovered it is not something that can be rushed. In some regards it’s one of the hardest things we strive for.”
RPI climb: The Bisons continued to climb in the RPI ranking 67th this week after finishing at 74th last week.
Florida Gulf Coast is ranked 88th.
They are the only A-Sun teams in the top 100.
National rankings: The Bisons are seventh in both assists per set (13.68) and total assists (1,313) nationally.
They are 14th in total kills (1,374) and 16th in kills per set (14.30).
Ostrom is third in the nation in total assists (1,157) and fifth in assists per set (12.05).
A-Sun numbers: Overall in the conference Spitznagle is tied for second in hitting percentage (.331) with Dobson.
Ostrom leads in both total assists and assists per set.
Nusbaum is third overall in kills per set with 3.66.
Dobson and Estes are tied for fifth in kills per set with 3.14 each.
Lauren Anderson is ninth with .26 service aces per set.