MACON, Ga. - Junior libero Emily Rochefort booked a team-high 21 digs, but her effort wasn't enough to stop Lipscomb from claiming a 3-1 (25-19, 25-17, 18-25, 25-23) victory in Saturday afternoon's Atlantic Sun volleyball match at Hawkins Arena.
Mercer slipped to 6-9 (2-3 A-Sun) on the season while Lipscomb pulled even at 8-8 (5-0 A-Sun) on the year.
Rochefort's 21 digs pushed her season total to 308, helping her maintain her lead among the A-Sun's dig per set leaders. Freshman Molly Locke and senior Jamie Duffy both had double-digit dig totals on Saturday, notching 18 and 12, respectively.
Duffy added a team-high 10 kills to her 12 digs, marking her fourth double-double of the year. Senior Monica Sanchez was Mercer's most efficient attacker, collecting a season-high five kills on 12 attacking attempts. Her five kills came in conjunction with 33 assists and nine digs.
In the first set, Lipscomb showed why it was the overwhelming preseason favorite to win the Atlantic Sun, taking an early 2-1 lead and holding the advantage for the remainder of the frame. In the second set, Lipscomb held a slim 17-16 edge before ripping off six-straight points to take control.
After the intermission between sets two and three, Mercer came out reenergized and built a quick 5-0 lead. The Bears converted that early edge into a 25-18 set victory, setting the stage for a hotly contested fourth stanza.
The final set was a back-and-forth battle featuring 12 tie scores and four lead changes. Ultimately, Lipscomb was able to break away from a 23-23 tie with back-to-back kills by Kaycee Green and Molly Spitznagle.
Senior Jennifer Katona finished the match with six kills and one error on 14 attempts while adding three block assists.
Mercer returns to Atlantic Sun play next weekend in Jacksonville, Florida. The Bears are slated to play North Florida on October 5 at 7 p.m. and Jacksonville on October 6 at 3 p.m.