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Lady Bisons earn "best of" mention
Brandon Rosenthal
Brandon Rosenthal

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

RPI ratings are one of the many ways for teams to keep score on where they stand on a national level, but the players and coaches have very little control over how they fare with the formula.

This week the Lady Bisons volleyball team made the jump from 102 to 83 in the RPI thanks to victories at ETSU and USC Upstate. They are sandwiched between Notre Dame and Colorado.

“To be honest before last year we never watched it that close,” Lady Bisons coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “We are resolved to let it take care of itself.

“Our season is already set. We can’t go out and pick up extra matches to improve our RPI. The only way we can raise our RPI is to continue to win.”

The Lady Bisons have one game this week, a Saturday afternoon match at 2 p.m. with Atlantic Sun foe Campbell. Due to the Nashville Symphony using Allen Arena this weekend the match has been moved to the Curb Center on the Belmont campus.

The Lady Bisons have won 29 straight regular season conference matches, the longest streak in the nation. Penn State's streak ended at 65 matches and North Dakota State's ended at 42. Ironically, the streak started in 2008 with a 3-0 win over Campell.

”Best” Overlooked Team

p Right underneath a brief discussion of whether Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz is better than Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher or vice versa in the Nashville Scene’s “Best of Nashville” edition is a blurb written by sportswriter David Boclair that calls the Lady Bisons volleyball team the “Best Team You’ve Overlooked”. The paragraph cites the success of last season and the promise that remains for this season as the team works to return to the NCAA Tournament.

“I think it is great especially since we weren’t paying for or asking for it,” Rosenthal said. “It is nice that a sport for females that doesn’t get a lot of television time in a city with the Tennessee Titans and Nashville Predators is included.”

Rosenthal also likes that the program is mentioned in a volume that talks about the “best” in Nashville.

“I think it is a credit to our girls,” Rosenthal said. “It is neat for our program to be associated with the best. It is a good mark for the university.

“We go about our business and do things our way. We have been overlooked in some regards. Anytime in a city where so much is going on it is nice to be recognized.”

Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.