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Volleyball knocks off Western Kentucky to open season
Brandon Rosenthal
Brandon Rosenthal

Saturday, August 29, 2009
by Katie Haab

The Lipscomb Volleyball Team started off their season strong this morning with a 3-0 win against Western Kentucky in the Lady Vol Classic Tournament at the University of Tennessee.

With set scores of 25-23, 25-17, and 27-25, the Lady Bisons quickly showed a glimpse of the season to come.

“We have been preaching about doing things right and working hard,” said coach Brandon Rosenthal, “To come out there against a quality team is reassuring. If the girls had an questions before, they are all gone now.”

In set 1, the Lady Bisons jumped on the board first with 3 points. After letting the toppers come back to lead 6-5, the Bisons took control of the game and eventually closed out the first game with kills by senior Erin Pierce and newcomer Kaycee Green.

Set 2 saw Lipscomb on the board first once again. After a close game though 9 points, the Bisons went on a scoring rampage, first scoring 4 to take the lead, then outscoring their opponents 13-9 to secure the set.

The final set went back and forth and for a moment looked to be in Western Kentucky’s favor as they led 10-5. But The Lady Bisons fought back hard to tie things up at 17. Lipscomb would eventually go on to win their first match of the season with a final set score of 27-25.

The Lady Bisons were led by Pierce with 10 kills and a .529 hitting percentage and junior Alex Kelly, the Atlantic Sun Preseason Player of the year, with 15 kills and a .433 hitting percentage.

“Alex and Erin played phenomenal, both offensively and defensively,” said Rosenthal. “Even when we were down, it was those girls who got us a couple points. We have always said that that if we are going to win, Erin has to be involved. She did a great job sticking with it.”

“The group as a whole did great,” said Rosenthal. “It takes all 13 players and this was a great example.”

The Lady Bisons next take on Tennessee Tech today at 4pm CT in the Atlanic Sun Game of the Week.

This story was written by Katie Haab, a student member of the athletics communications staff.