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Lady Bisons win 22nd straight match
Erin Pierce
Erin Pierce

Friday, November 13, 2009

The Lipscomb Lady Bisons won their 22nd straight match Friday night, sweeping Campbell 3-0 at Allen Arena.

The Lady Bisons won set one 25-18, set two 25-15 and set three 25-11 to remain unbeaten in the conference with a 19-0 record.

They are 11-0 at home this season. The Lady Bisons are 16-0 at Allen Arena dating back to last season. Their last home loss was a 3-2 match with Tennessee State Oct. 14.

“I thought Campbell did a nice job of coming out early and putting a little bit of pressure on us with their serve,” said Lady Bisons coach Brandon Rosenthal. “It kind of took us out of rhythm for the first 10 points. The message to our girls was to maintain. Once we took a two-point lead we extended it to three and then to five.

“In the second set we didn’t close it out like we should have, but I wanted to get some players in and get some time for everybody. Set two was a little skewed, but I like what we did in set three. We were clicking.”

It was "Dig for a Cure" night for the Lady Bisons. They wore pink shorts in the match to call attention to the fight against breast cancer.

Junior outside hitter led the way for the Lady Bisons with a match-high 13 kills. She completed the double-double with 14 digs,

Junior middle hitter Alex Kelly added 12. Freshman outside hitter Kaycee Green finished with 10.

Defensively, senior opposite Erin Pierce led the way with a match-high tying 17 digs. Sophomore libero Katie Rose was credited with 16. As a team the Lady Bisons had 16 digs in the first set and finished the match with 71.

Junior defensive specialist Elly Kaiser was credited with a kill in set one, her first of the season.

No Campbell player finished in double figures in kills. Lauren Garza tied Pierce for the match-high in digs with 17.

“Our girls want this,” said Rosenthal. “They know what is at the end of the road.”

Saturday afternoon at 2 the Lady Bisons close out the regular season when ETSU, 11-17, 9-10, visits Allen Arena. ETSU lost 3-0 to Belmont Friday afternoon. ETSU is the only team in the A-Sun to win two sets against the Lady Bisons this season.

“We always battle against ETSU,” said Rosenthal. “I expect the same thing Saturday.”

Opposite Erin Pierce, opposite Kaley Mohr and middle hitter Amy Trykowski will be honored as part of “Senior Day” activities.

“It’s hard to believe,” said Rosenthal. “These girls have meant so much to this program. Each one of them has played a role in our winning.

“These girls have endured a lot. Each year they have been expected to raise their games and it has been fun to see that."

Mohr has played mostly in a reserve role. But she truly was the star with her serving when the Lady Bisons beat Jacksonville in 2007 for the A-Sun Tournament Championship.

“We don’t win the championship without Kaley,” said Rosenthal. "I've said that many times."

Trykowski has been a starter for two seasons.

“We told Amy she had to stay the course and she has done some tremendous stuff,” said Rosenthal.

Pierce has also been a starter for the past two seasons.

“There is definitely some sadness,” said Rosenthal. “We wouldn’t be here without them.

“But the season is just beginning in some ways. It is a little shorter season, but we have to work even harder now. And a lot of that has to do with senior leadership. I can’t say enough about the fortitude of all three of them.”

The Lady Bisons are 25-3 overall.

Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Media Relations Director