Tuesday night at Allen Arena the Lady Bisons won their eighth straight match of the season and extended their sets win streak to 24 with a 3-0 win over Evansville from the Missouri Valley Conference.
The Lady Bisons won set one 25-17, set two 25-19 and set three 25-9.
In set two the Lady Bisons came close to ending their consecutive set record. Evansville took over the lead early in the match at 2-1 and maintained it until the Lady Bisons came back to tie the set at 16-16. The Lady Bisons outscored Evansville 9-3 the rest of the way with senior opposite Erin Pierce making the serves on the final four points.
“There was a difference in the beginning of the set and the end of the set,” said Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal. “We were playing in two gears. I thought we did a great job, especially at the end of the second set.
“When we play like we did at the end of set two we are tough to beat. It is all about discipline. We are not gambling, but we are playing percentages. We understand the game and we understand what we want to do. There are times we are going to get beat, but more times than not we should be in the right place.”
Rosenthal was surprised at the gap in the third set win. The last two times Lipscomb and Evansville the matches were 3-2 decisions with each team winning one match.
Freshman outside hitter Kaycee Green made a career-high 18 kills. She also posted a .548 hitting percentage.
“Kaycee is understanding what she needs to do,” said Rosenthal. “If she just does what we ask her to do and doesn’t try to do any extra stuff she is going to be fine.
“I think she has a six-foot wing span. For her, right now, it is a matter of her getting comfortable and understanding how hard she has to play. At this level you can’t just rely on your natural ability. You have to work at it.”
Rosenthal thought that Green had the capability to step in and make a place for herself quickly.
“When we recruited her I thought she could be a dominant player,” said Rosenthal. “Kaycee has really worked hard over the last three or four weeks. I appreciate that all of our freshmen take our cues and take what we say and try to get better.”
Junior middle hitter Alex Kelly collected a double-double with 13 kills and 12 digs.
Also in double figures in digs for the Lady Bisons were sophomore libero Katie Rose with 13 and junior outside hitter Meghan Hinemeyer with 12.
“I thought we did a tremendous job on defense,” said Rosenthal. “I thought we got outplayed at the beginning of the second set. I told them we had to do this with defense. I also thought our passing was very good as well.
“We have three or four people gathering double figures in digs. We have a team full of good defensive players. When we do that, good things are going to happen.”
The Lady Bisons are 11-3 overall. Evansville slipped to 8-7.
This weekend the Lady Bisons are back on the Atlantic Sun trail, stopping at ETSU in Johnson City on Friday night and visiting Campbell in Buies Creek, N.C., Sunday.