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9/2/2011 | Nashville, TN | Attendance: 289
Friday, September 02, 2011
No team wants to depend on just one player.
The Lipscomb Lady Bison volleyball program is working hard to develop a balance on both offense and defense. Friday night the Lady Bisons (2-3) closed out the first day of the Lipscomb Invitational at Allen Arena with a 3-0 sweep of Charlotte (2-3) from the Atlantic 10 Conference.
“We got real comfortable and kind of fell into this groove,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “For a young team to be able to do that is special.
“I’m not saying we have figured it all out. But this was definitely one of those steps in that direction. I’m very excited.”
The Lady Bisons close out the Invitational Saturday at 2:30 against Arkansas State from the Sun Belt Conference. Neither team has a loss in the Invitational. Arkansas State beat Tennessee Tech 3-0 to open the second session of the Invitational.
With the win, the Lady Bisons have won 29 consecutive home matches. A win Saturday would tie them with Cincinnati for the second longest home winning streak in the nation.
The Lady Bisons won the first two sets against Charlotte by identical 25-19 scores and closed out the match 25-23.
Rosenthal credited the defensive effort by his players for the victory. Sophomore libero Stephanie Rex led with a match high 13 digs. Rosenthal also praised freshman defensive specialist Megan Stout, senior middle blocker Katie Rose and senior right side Abby Fay for their performances.
“I thought defensively we really stepped it up and put a lot of pressure on them,” Rosenthal said. “They made some hitting errors and we forced them into some things. The defense led to some great attacks and kind of got us back to the way we do things.
“The unsung hero stat-wise is Stephanie Rex. She did a fantastic job and made huge plays. Megan Stout came off of the bench in her first official start and did a great job. Everybody came up with some big plays. Claire Peterson only had one dig but she did so many little things out there.”
The Lady Bisons placed three players in double figures in kills led by Rose with a match-high 11 followed closely by senior opposite Charlyn Ursell and freshman outside hitter Lauren Ford with 10 each.
“Katie Rose hit .588 and Char hit .400 which was huge,” Rosenthal said. “Ford hit .348 and I think that would help her confidence in playing a good level team.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.