|November 14, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
DELAND, Fla. – The Lipscomb volleyball team had already claimed the Atlantic Sun regular season championship, the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament and a 20-win season, but that didn’t mean anyone was going to take their feet off the gas pedal.
Saturday afternoon the Bisons closed out the regular season with a 3-0 sweep of Stetson. The Bisons won set one 25-13, set two 25-16 and set three 25-22. It is the eighth win in a row for Lipscomb.
“I thought we came out and did a nice job of setting the tone in sets one and two,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “In set three we were just fine-tuning some things.
“I am proud of them finishing what they started as far as the regular season. When you are not playing for a whole lot as far as seedings or anything like that you can get lost. I was proud of the focus and drive of our girls.”
The team arrived in DeLand around 2 a.m. Eastern Saturday after a bus ride from Fort Myers after a 3-2 win at Florida Gulf Coast. They were able to get eight hours sleep, but after a long match Rosenthal would have liked to have them sleep a little bit more. They welcomed the morning with a high level of energy which did not surprise Rosenthal.
“I think we have a pretty driven group,” Rosenthal said. “They knew what was at stake. It was tough travel. It was a matter of getting them in the right frame of mind.
“Everybody was in good spirits. Everyone was laughing. Our serve-and-pass drill was high-spirited. From there I knew we were ready to go.”
Right side Brittnay Estes made a team-leading 11 kills. Middle blocker Molly Spitznagle added 10.
Middle blocker Jewell Dobson posted a .778 hitting percentage. Estes posted a .524 hitting percentage with 21 attacks and no errors.
Libero Brittany Thomas was credited with a match-high 11 digs.
Setter Kayla Ostrom made a match-high 31 assists.
“I thought everyone did a nice job,” Rosenthal said. “Kayla had a really good match. Our defense put a lot of pressure on them. “
The Bisons, 21-8, 13-1 in the A-Sun. Stetson falls to 10-17, 4-9 in the A-Sun.
- Thirteen players, everyone in the travel roster, received playing time.
- Thomas has been the match leader in digs in 18 matches this season.
- Dobson’s .778 hitting percentage is a career high. It is the third time this season she has hit .600 or higher in a match.
The tournament begins Thursday at Allen Arena. The Bisons have a first round bye and will not play until the semifinals Friday. Florida Gulf Coast beat NJIT Saturday night and also received a first round bye as the No.1 seed.
Kennesaw State is No. 3 followed byJacksonville (No.4), North Florida (No. 5) and Stetson (No.6).
“We are waiting to find out the possible teams we will play,” Rosenthal said. “More than anything we will focus on some things for us and try to sharpen our skills.
“We want to get them to recognize what they are capable of. They are there, but we want them to go into the tournament with the right amount of confidence and the right amount of focus.”