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Second Straight Sweep For The Lady Bisons

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Oct. 4, 2005

The Lady Bisons volleyball team extended their home-court winning streak to three straight matches with a 3-0 victory over Samford from the Ohio Valley Conference Tuesday night.

The match was the second straight sweep for the Lady Bisons who stopped fellow Atlantic Sun foe Mercer 3-0 Saturday night at Allen Arena.

"The women are starting to believe in each other, and believing in what we are doing as a team," said Lipscomb Coach Brandon Rosenthal. "That is really starting to show, especially late in games. I think we were in control for most of the match. The win streak is fun, but the bigger picture is what the girls are doing."

The Lady Bisons avenged a 3-2 loss at Samford on Sept. 3 in Birmingham, Ala. Scores were 30-25, 30-25 and 30-18.

"The biggest difference in the two matches is that we didn't execute down there," said Rosenthal. "We are taking care of the ball when it needs to be taken care of. Right now we are playing with a little bit more confidence. One, two or three-point leads aren't enough for our team. We're looking to get more."

In game one the two teams were tied seven times, the last at 22-22. Cara Wilber, Jessica Turner and Lindsey Rutherford set the pace in the first game. Samford jumped out to a 5-1 lead and never trailed until the Lady Bisons briefly led for the first time at 15-14, breaking the fifth tie in the game. The Lady Bisons led 20-17, but allowed Samford to stay close. The Lady Bisons took the lead for good at 23-22 and used a strong performance by Turner to take them to a 30-25 win.

In game two the Lady Bisons earned the first point and never trailed in the game.The Lady Bisons led by as many as six points down the stretch, taking a 30-25 decision.

Momentum had shifted in the match in game one when Samford setter Jackie Jaszcz left with an ankle injury.

"Jackie is from Nashville and she was on my club team," Rosenthal said. `She is a wonderful young lady. I hated to see her go down."

In game three the Lady Bisons never trailed. Samford tied the game at 5-5, but that was the last time they would be close as the Lady Bisons opened up a 13-point lead at 29-16.

"The third game was a great game for us and not just because of the score," Rosenthal said. "Over the past couple of years we have been in situations where we haven't put teams away. It takes a lot of work to gain that confidence and to put you over the edge. We talk about that all the time."

Turner posted a match-high 14 digs. Wilber finished with a double-double with 12 kills and 10 digs. Ann Mullins made a match-high 18 digs. Rutherford had a well-rounded match with nine kills and nine digs, a match-high three service aces and a .333 hitting percentage.

"Individuals aren't going to win games," Rosenthal said. "We have players who can step in and handle the load. I feel very confident that we are going to do the job no matter which six players I put out on the floor. The dynamics might be a little different, but we realize we aren't going to be the tallest team and we aren't going to have the heaviest hitters. But if we do all the little things well those other things take care of themselves."

Samford's Callaway Logan made 13 digs to lead her team. Courtney Kehn was credited with seven kills.

Next up for the Lady Bisons is their first Atlantic Sun road trip of the season, starting with Gardner-Webb Friday night and Campbell on Saturday.

"Right now we are focused on Gardner-Webb," Rosenthal said. "Both Gardner-Webb and Campbell are pretty tough places to play. We are going back to work. We won't stop working."