Nov. 18, 2005
Lipscomb's Lady Bisons volleyball team advanced to the semi-finals in their first ever trip to the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.
Friday, in their second match of the day, the No. 4-seeded Lady Bisons fell 3-0 to top-seeded Florida Atlantic University by scores of 30-24, 30-24 and 30-19 at the Curb Event Center on the Belmont University campus.
The Lady Bisons ended the season 13-20. FAU heads into the championship game Saturday with a 28-2 record.
The Lady Bisons started the day with a 3-1 victory over No. 5-seeded Mercer.
"When I took over the program three years ago I wanted us to be in the conference tournament in the third year," said Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal. "We not only made the tournament, we got a first round win. All of this adds validity to what we have been talking about with this program."
Cara Wilber, a member of the A-Sun All-Freshman Team, finished with 11 kills and 11 digs for the Lady Bisons against FAU. She had kills and digs for the tournament, with double-doubles in both matches. She finished the day with 37 kills and 30 digs..
Also capping off a strong day was Lady Bisons libero Ann Mullins with 20 digs against FAU to go with her 33 against Mercer. Mullins was "Libero of the Year" in the A-Sun and a second team selection for the All-Conference Team.
Freshman Betsy Steele posted 10 digs for the Lady Bisons against FAU. She was called on to play all three games of the FAU match after setter Samantha Sullivan sustained an injury in the match with Mercer.
Kelly Paiva posted a match-high 21 digs for FAU with 51 total attacks and 15 digs. Makra Condill had 12 digs for FAU.
"Kelly Paiva is a great player, but this was about the small points of the game and a little bit of our lack of experience," said Rosenthal who had three freshmen play all three games in the FAU match (Wilber, Steele and Jessica Turner) and one play two games (Erin Pierce). "We are a young team. This is a team where everyone supported each other."
Rosenthal loses only one senior, Kelly Houff. He will be looking for an impact player, but more importantly, he will be trying to find a player who fits into the Lady Bisons concept.
"We want players who want to be a part of a team," said Rosenthal. "We look for role players who can be part of a team atmosphere."