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Friday, September 11, 2009The Lipscomb Lady Bisons opened at home with a flourish, sweeping North Florida 3-0 Friday night at Allen Arena.
The Lady Bisons won 25-14, 25-17 and 25-14. It was the Atlantic Sun opener for North Florida.
“We are a very talented team,” said Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal. “When you look around the court and see what we’ve got we pose a lot of problems at a lot of positions.
“Our system seems to work for us. It is something we continue to preach. Our expectations and standards are higher because we have set them that way. And day in and day out we have to live up to them.”
Lipscomb outside hitter Meghan Hinemeyer led the Lady Bisons with 13 kills, also a match high. Middle hitter Alex Kelly added 11. Hinemeyer also had a team season-high .542 hitting percentage. Kelly’s hitting percentage was .444.
No player for North Florida finished in double figures in either kills or digs.
“Defense really sparked our offense,” said Rosenthal. “We out dug them and out blocked them. Most teams are maybe one-sided, good offensively or good defensively. And when you put pressure on team both offensively and defensively they just don’t get a break.”
The Lady Bisons are 5-3, 2-0 in the A-Sun. North Florida is 4-4, 0-1 in the conference.
“What you are seeing from our players right now is a comfort level,” said Rosenthal. “They know where everyone is on the court and knowing what plays everyone can make.”
The team is guided on the court by junior setter Stefine “Jake” Pease. She had 29 assists against North Florida.
“The best part about it is that Jake is picking and choosing where the ball goes,” said Rosenthal. “The bottom line is she is the quarterback of this team. It becomes one of those things where you can really manage the team and take it to another level.
“Jake has a pretty good idea of what is going on blocking-wise on the other side of the net. But I think most of all it is just the rhythm of the game. We talk a lot about how we want things to develop offensively. She knows exactly what we want. As a coach it is awesome to sit back and watch her.”
The Lady Bisons have used substitutions sparingly this season, but 11 players saw playing time against North Florida.
“We struggled a little bit in the serving positions and we were able to bring in one server,” said Rosenthal. “At the end, with a little bit of a lead, we were able to give some players an opportunity.
“These players work so hard day in and day out. I thought Elly Kaiser did a nice job. I think Kory Honel would like to have a couple of her swings back. Kelsey Neumann has worked so hard, and is really starting to come into her own. To let her block that final ball was exactly what we needed.”
Saturday afternoon at 2 the Lady Bisons are back in action at Allen Arena against A-Sun foe Jacksonville, 3-4, 0-1. Jacksonville lost 3-0 at Belmont Friday night.
“Jacksonville poses some problems,” said Rosenthal. “They are a taller team. They do a nice job blocking-wise.
“It is a matter of executing what we want to do. I feel strong that if we play defense it is going to be tough for any team to really go on runs against us. If a team scores, that’s fine, but we have to limit their runs.”