Friday, September 19, 2008
Lady Bisons remain perfect in A-Sun competition
Four for four or 12 for 12.
Whichever numbers you want to read they equal one thing – perfection.
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons are undefeated in Atlantic Sun volleyball matches. With a 3-0 sweep of Campbell Friday night in Buies Creek, N.C., the Lady Bisons won their fourth A-Sun match and remain unbeaten in sets with 12 straight wins. Overall the Lady Bisons, 6-6, 4-0 in the A-Sun, have won five straight matches.
The four straight wins in A-Sun competition is a new record for the Lady Bisons.
“The start we have had is great,” said Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal. “It is not something that totally shocks me. I’m happy with the way we are playing.”
Campbell, 3-9, 1-2 in the A-Sun, lost 25-17 in set one, 25-14 in set two and 25-19 in set three.
“I thought we did a good job in sets one and two,” Rosenthal said. “In sets one and two we got out to early leads and never looked back. In set three we got a lead and kind of let them back in.”
The victory is even more impressive since this was the first athletic event played in Campbell’s new John W. Pope Convocation Center.
“All of their sports teams were there because it was the first time they had seen the inside of the arena,” Rosenthal said. “They had a great crowd. We talked about that beforehand. We had to take that energy that they had and use it for us.”
Sophomore middle blocker Alex Kelly led the Lady Bisons in kills with a match-high 16. Sophomore outside hitter Katie Bradley added 11 and also recorded a career-high .409 hitting percentage.
“Alex and Katie both did a nice job,” Rosenthal said. “I think a lot of it was set up by the work that Alex did early on. She really put on a show in the first two sets. The only to put it is she just crushed some balls. She really showed her prowess.”
Senior libero Jessica Turner kept her double figures streak alive with a match high 20 digs. Since moving to libero she has been in double figures in digs in all five matches. Freshman outside hitter Katie Rose added 11 digs.
“Jessica has done a great job,” Rosenthal said. “She goes about her business. She has really been a spark for our team.”
Sarah Hill recorded 17 digs for Campbell.
“I thought we did a great job at the net,” Rosenthal said. “And defensively, we were definitely on top of things.”
The Lady Bisons return home Saturday morning and will enjoy a couple of days off before beginning work Monday in preparation for a road trip to Florida to take on North Florida Friday and Jacksonville Saturday.
“We are going to comp against a real big challenge with both North Florida and Jacksonville,” Rosenthal said. “That will determine a lot for us.”