Lipscomb volleyball suffers another first-round NCAA tournament defeat

Friday, December 2, 2011 at 12:02am
Staff reports

That elusive first NCAA Tournament win will have to wait at least another year for Lipscomb.

The Bisons fell short for the third straight year and the fourth time in five seasons, falling to No. 16 seed Texas A&M in four sets (16-25, 16-25, 25-12, 22-25) in first-round action Thursday at College Station, Texas.

Lipscomb, the Atlantic Sun Conference regular-season and tournament champion, failed to get into an offensive rhythm. The Bisons (20-11) committed 26 errors and finished with a hitting percentage of just .122.

Texas A&M (23-7) didn’t hit much better (.162) but was able to thwart many of the Bisons’ chances with 18 blocks.

Jewell Dobson led Lipscomb with 13 kills and Lauren Ford added 10. Caitlin Dotson had 23 assists and 17 digs.

Middle Tennessee State also was eliminated when it lost in four games (23-25, 27-25, 21-25, 18-25) to Ohio State in Knoxville. The Blue Raiders (21-12) were playing in their sixth straight NCAA Tournament after receiving an at-large bid. They went 14-2 in the Sun Belt Conference.

The Buckeyes (19-13), however, were too much, pulling away in the last two sets. Lindsay Cheatham and Maria Szivos each had 11 kills while Morgan Peterson finished with 14 digs.