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Northern Kentucky (6-12, 1-5 A-Sun)
Lipscomb (10-6, 4-2 A-Sun)
10/8/2013 | Nashville, Tenn. | Attendance: 211
Monday, October 07, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb Lady Bisons have a lot of ones on the NCAA national level, but coach Brandon Rosenthal is more concerned about the number two, as in the number of Atlantic Sun losses this season.
Heading into this week the Lady Bisons are No. 1 in the country in both assists per set (14.42) and kills per set (15.62).
Rosenthal is emphatic when he says he can’t enjoy the recognition when he puts it in perspective with the Lady Bisons 3-2 conference record. Those two losses overshadow many things.
“That’s a by-product of who we are as a program,” Rosenthal said. “Is it fair or not? At the end of the day that’s the way it is.
“It’s a number (the rankings). We will talk about it a little bit with our recruits. It is a great representation of the body of work that we are doing, but our players would give that all up for another win.”
Setter Caitlin “Dot” Dotson has moved up to the top spot in assists per set with 12.72.
“Dot has the ability to make the right decisions,” Rosenthal said. “She understands her hitters and the positions they need to be in.
“She has a good working knowledge of the offense. Some of it is the system and some of it is Dot understanding the system.”
Rosenthal compared Dotson to Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning in terms of a cerebral approach to the game.
“Peyton Manning has the great ability to read defenses and trust his reads,” Rosenthal said. “Dot understands what we are trying to do.
“Dot has a fire in her. She has won at every level and she wants to win here. That drives her.”
Middle blocker Jewell Dobson, the A-Sun Player of the Week for the second time this season, moved up the ladder in two categories. She went from eighth to fifth in kills per set with 4.9. She climbed from ninth to sixth in points per set with 5.4.
Tuesday the Lady Bisons are back in action when Northern Kentucky visits Allen Arena for a 6:30 p.m. A-Sun match. It is the second time this season that the Lady Bisons and Norse have met. The Lady Bisons opened the A-Sun portion of the schedule Sept. 18 at Northern Kentucky, winning 3-0 with set scores of 25-23, 25-19 and 25-22.
“It is a great opportunity for us coming off a tough loss (3-2 to ETSU) and get right back at it,” Rosenthal said of the quick turnaround. “A lot of it is how we present it. We have done a nice job of getting ready and also saving bodies.”
Middle blocker Molly Spitznagle worked out with the team Monday. She has not played since injuring her ankle Sept. 21 when warming up for the Kentucky match. Her last match was at Northern Kentucky.
“It will be a game time decision,” Rosenthal said. “We hope we can get her in a little bit here and there. I can’t imagine she would be playing the whole time.”
Northern Kentucky is led by outside hitter Jayden Julian with 169 kills. Anna Prickel is tops in digs with 259.
The Purple and Gold enter the match with a 9-6 record overall. Northern Kentucky is 6-11, 1-4 in the conference.