For the third time in as many tries, the Lipscomb University's volleyball team was eliminated in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
The Lady Bisons fell to Ohio State 25-22, 25-8, 22-25, 25-23 in Dayton, Ohio on Friday and ended their season with a 24-7 record. They had not lost since Oct. 20.
The victory in the third set was the first in NCAA play for Lipscomb, which also traveled to Ohio in its two prior tournament appearances. That followed a second set in which it had a negative hitting percentage (-.191) and just four kills. The Lady Bisons hit .073 in the final set.
Seniors Alex Kelly and Meghan Hinemeyer each had a team-high 14 kills, and sophomore Kaycee Green added 10. Jake Pease, the Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year, had 37 of Lipscomb's 44 assists and a team-high 11 digs.
• MTSU bows out too: Middle Tennessee State season was swept 25-22, 22-21, 25-17 by Louisville in a first-round match at at West Lafayette, Ind.
It was the first time the Blue Raiders (29-6) lost since Oct. 15. They won the Sun Belt Conference regular-season and tournament titles, becoming just the second team in school history to accomplish the feat. They were playing in their fifth straight NCAA Tournament.
La Vergne native Stacy Oladinni had a season-high 13 kills for MTSU.
"I think we had a good game plan, but we just couldn't execute it," head coach Matt Peck said. "Stacy had an outstanding match. We needed to make more plays tonight, and we couldn't."
• Austin Peay ousted: Austin Peay lost 25-19, 25-19, 25-19 to the No. 8 seed, Illinois, in a first-round match at Champaign, Ill.
It was the first NCAA appearance ever for Austin Peay (26-8), the Ohio Valley Conference champion.
Ilyanna Hernandez had 10 kills and Paige Economos recorded 22 digs.