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Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Oct. 23, 2007
Senior libero Ann Mullins broke the all-time Atlantic Sun Conference career record for digs, but the Lady Bisons couldn't take a home a win against Belmont.
"I think it was bittersweet for Ann," said Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal. "It was a great moment.
"Obviously, we knew this was within her sight. I imagine she is a little relieved to get it done and move on. The first thing Ann will say is only the wins matter."
Tuesday night at the Curb Center in the volleyball version of the "Battle of the Boulevard" the Lady Bisons won game one of their match 31-29 before falling 30-21, 30-21 and 30-20.
"This is a perfect example of us not playing to our capabilities," Rosenthal said. "Unfortunately, it came on the wrong night. This was a little bit of a hiccup.
"I thought Belmont did a great job getting to us early. We didn't play well at all in the first came but we came out with a win. I thought that might spark us a little bit, but we just continued to struggle."
The loss ended a school record eight-match winning streak for the Lady Bisons.
"Ball control has been one of our keys throughout the year and we got burned by it," Rosenthal said. "There is nothing to hang our heads about.
"I told the players this is one of those things. We lost a good match. This will fuel us into the next match for sure and for the next several matches without a doubt."
Senior middle blocker Alex Scruggs paced the Lady Bisons offensively with a team-high 14 kills.
"I thought Alex did a great job," Rosenthal said. "Our players in the middle did a fantastic job. Unfortunately, it was one of those things where I didn't think we controlled the ball well enough to get it to them enough. And on the outside we came up short."
Senior outside hitter Ashley Cox added 10.
"I was proud of Ashley coming off the bench and really doing a nice job," Rosenthal said. "She played her heart out. That's what I ask for all the time."
Mullins broke the record for digs of 1,843 formerly held by Liz Kane of Mercer. Mullins, who transfered to Lipscomb after her freshman season at the University of Tennessee, surpassed the mark in only three seasons. She entered the match needing only four digs to break the record. She finished with a team-high 15 for the match. Belmont stopped the match to make the announcement of the milestone.
"Belmont was very classy in recognizing her the way they did," Rosenthal said. "That takes a lot to do that."
Belmont's Cat Mundy made a match-high 24 kills. Megan Clements recorded a match-high 21 digs.
Both Lipscomb and Belmont are already qualified for the Atlantic Sun Tournament.
"There is some comfort in the fact that we are going to get to see Belmont again," Rosenthal said. "There is a lot for us to learn right here. We were riding an eight-match winning streak, but we didn't play consistently in this match."
The Lady Bisons are 14-10, 6-3 in the A-Sun. Belmont is 18-7, 7-2 in the conference.