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Lipscomb (8-5, 2-1 A-Sun)
North Florida (4-10, 1-3 A-Sun)
9/28/2013 | Jacksonville, Fla. | Attendance: 220
Saturday, September 28, 2013
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It was a case of a little less conversation and a little more action for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons volleyball team.
After dropping a 3-1 match to Jacksonville Friday night there was a lot of postgame talk in the dressing room. Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal was happy to see his players, especially the seniors, talking about what went wrong and how to be better the next time out.
“I was intrigued,” Rosenthal said. “We have a senior-laden team. I just wanted to see what we were going to do.”
What the Lady Bisons did was rebound impressively with a match sweep of North Florida Saturday afternoon by set scores of 25-21, 25-22 and 29-27.
The third set kept both teams on edge as they traded points down the stretch.
“Some of it was not executing when we needed to,” Rosenthal said. “They turned up their defense and did a nice job with it.
“Ultimately, we have got to finish. I was excited to see what the girls did at the end. We did a couple of things here and there that we let get away from us and we dug ourselves a hole. But our girls did a great job of getting back into the game. ”
The Lady Bisons are 8-5, 2-1 in the conference. North Florida drops to 4-10, 1-2 in the A-Sun.
The loss of middle blocker Molly Spitznagle, sidelined with an ankle sprain for the past three matches, has forced Rosenthal to make adjustments.
“We are switching our lineup a little bit,” Rosenthal said. “We have to get some players more game experience.
“We got better against North Florida. I liked what I saw. It is good for the girls and it will be good for them down the road this season.”
Middle blocker Jewell Dobson posted a match-high 18 kills followed by outside hitter Lauren Ford with 17 for the Purple and Gold. It was the ninth time this season that Dobson has posted a match high.
“Jewell did a nice job,” Rosenthal said. “She is a dominant player. Dominant players take care of things and find a way to win a match.
“Lauren played well. I really liked what I saw from her.”
Rosenthal was also pleased with the play of right side Brittnay Estes and middle blocker Claire Peterson.
“Brittnay had a huge swing from the right side at the end of the match,” Rosenthal said. “It didn’t score for us, but it definitely put North Florida in a bad position.
“I like it. We have to continue to build her confidence and make sure she builds on each and every opportunity.”
Peterson finished with six kills and a .462 hitting percentage, the best on the team.
“We have to find ways to get her the ball,” Rosenthal said. “She did a nice job blocking the ball at key points.
“It is going to take everybody. Jordan Huston came in and served some. She served a couple of tough balls. It was nice to get her in where she could help the team.”
Libero Bri McCombs was credited with a match high 19 digs. Setter Caitlin “Dot” Dotson finished in double figures in digs for the second match in a row with 13 and made 42 assists. Defensive specialist Stephanie Rex added 10 digs.
“I was really pleased with our defense and our passing, especially down the stretch of the match,” Rosenthal said. “We had a couple of errors that gave them the lead, but ultimately we settled in.
“That is what good teams do. They take the challenges and rise above them.”
Anna Budinski earned a double-double for North Florida with 12 kills and 10 digs. Cari Whitmire was the team leader in digs with 16 followed by Abby Fesl with 13.
The Lady Bisons return home Oct. 4 to face USC Upstate in the first of five straight matches at Allen Arena.