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Lady Bisons sweep North Florida 3-0
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Stefine "Jake" Pease

Saturday, October 25, 2008

The Lady Bisons swept their weekend home series at Allen Arena with a 3-0 win Saturday afternoon over North Florida in Atlantic Sun competition.

The Lady Bisons won set one 25-16, set two 27-25 and set three 25-17.

“When we got leads we did a nice job of keeping them,” said Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal. “I would like to be able to extend our leads a little more.

“We let up a little on defense in the second set. We talked about that at the break.”

The Lady Bisons committed only eight errors, one of the most impressive statistics from the match. Middle blocker Amy Trykowski did not make an error with 11 kills in 19 total attacks. Her .579 hitting percentage is a season high for the Lady Bisons and a career-high for Trykowski.

“Friday night against Jacksonville we gave away too many points on hitting errors and service errors,” said Rosenthal. “We had some great transition plays against North Florida. We had a great offensive match.”

Trykowski, a junior, has really made great strides this season as a player. Against both Jacksonville and North Florida she put together strong performances, especially late in sets where points were crucial.

“When we recruited Amy we knew she had a world of talent,” said Rosenthal. “We knew we would need to refine her skills. But she is so athletic that we knew she would develop. She had a solid weekend.

“She has learned how to deal with on-the-court pressure. She has seen the way she has dealt with it. She has gained confidence and she is carrying that from match to match.”

Middle blocker Alex Kelly led the Lady Bisons with 12 kills. She also led the team in digs with 13. Libero Jessica Turner made 12 digs. Middle blocker Katie Rose posted a .350 hitting percentage with eight kills.

“They were all outstanding,” said Rosenthal. “Jessica had a pretty solid match. Our serve-receive was the key for us.”

Setter Stefine “Jake” Pease made 31 sets and added 10 defensive digs.

“Jake did a great job of distributing the ball,” Rosenthal said. “If she didn’t make the right plays we wouldn’t be leading the conference in kills and assists.”

Kaley Reed had a match-high 20 kills and also added 11 digs for a double-double. Chelsea Rabe made a match-high 17 digs. Lizzy Manno added 10.

The Lady Bisons are 15-9, 12-2 in the A-Sun. North Florida is 8-12, 6-7 in the conference.

There is little time to rest for the Lady Bisons. Tuesday night at 6:30 they take the short trip down the boulevard to play Belmont in the Curb Center in the volleyball version of the “Battle of the Boulevard”.

The two teams have not met since Sept. 9, a 3-0 decision for the Lady Bisons in the A-Sun opener for both teams. The Lady Bisons have won the last two meetings.

“It has been a little while since we have played them,” said Rosenthal. “But we crossed paths with them 15 of 16 times on the road, in airplanes and when they have used our gym this season.

“We’re not going to make this match bigger than it is. We expect a great match. We just have to play our type of match and leave everything out on the court. The rivalry will take care of itself.”