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Friday, August 21, 2009Lipscomb’s “Purple and White” intra-squad volleyball match was truly a case of it not mattering who won or lost, but how the match was played.
The Lady Bisons closed out the preseason portion of the schedule with a four-set scrimmage Friday evening at Allen Arena. Saturday at 2 p.m. the Lady Bisons will face former members of the team in the annual “Alumni” game. Coach Brandon Rosenthal will give his team the day off Sunday as they prepare for the opening of classes for the fall semester Monday.
Overall, Rosenthal was happy with what he saw from his players. But he also saw the effects of two weeks of extensive preseason works.
“It was a good start for us, but we definitely saw a little bit of fatigue, especially toward the end,” said Rosenthal. “We have been practicing pretty hard. When you get into game situations the intensity and adrenalin go up a notch. We played four long sets.”
Rosenthal stresses the importance of defense to his players. Based on how they performed in the scrimmage they appear to be listening.
“Overall, I loved the effort,” said Rosenthal. “I thought defensively we did a great job with a lot of second chance points. We have talked a lot this past week about defense leading to scores and we saw a lot of that. There was very good team play.”
“It was interesting to see what would happen if you put together two even teams. I thought they battled back and forth. In the first and last sets it was point-for-point.”
Rosenthal was disappointed in how his players served the ball, especially in crucial situations.
“We weren’t as consistent with our serves in crunch time,” said Rosenthal. “We kind of got away from our game plan and the way we serve. “I can’t say enough about how hard they have worked. The little things, the mistakes, are what we need to be seeing right now. I would be worried if I wasn’t seeing mistakes right now.”
Senior Erin Pierce and juniors Alex Kelly and Stefine “Jake’ Pease all were commended for their play.
“I thought Erin did a nice job, especially toward the end,” said Rosenthal. “Jake and Alex had pretty good moments. I thought defensively Alex did a tremendous job. I thought Jake was very offensive-minded.”
Rosenthal also was impressed with the work of senior middle hitter Amy Trykowski.
“Amy really had a consistent day,” said Rosenthal. “It was nothing flashy. She just kind of chipped away and did a lot of little things right.”
The lady Bisons, picked as the preseason No. 1 team in the Atlantic Sun Conference, open the regular season Aug. 29 in Knoxville against Western Kentucky at the University of Tennessee.