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Saturday, November 06, 2010The Lipscomb Lady Bisons earned their second Atlantic Sun Conference regular season championship in a row when they closed out their final road trip of the regular season with a 3-0 sweep of Stetson Saturday afternoon in DeLand, Fla.
“It means a lot to me to win the regular season championship again,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “It’s hard not to get a little bit emotional about it when you look at all of the time and effort we put in and little things that we do.
“We want to not only be not only a championship program, but a team that does it every year. The girls are excited. We are all excited.”
The Lady Bisons won 25-13, 25-19 and 25-10.
The win guarantees the Lady Bisons, 9-0 in the A-Sun, the top seed in the conference tournament Nov. 18-20 in Fort Myers, Fla. The Lady Bisons are 20-6 overall, marking the fourth season in a row they have won 20 or more matches.
“Stetson had been playing well as of late,” Rosenthal said. “We didn’t want to take them lightly. We had to go about our business and do the things we know how to do.
“In the first set we did a nice job of that. In the second set we kind of got out of rhythm. In the third set we found our way back.” Middle blocker Alex Kelly led the Lady Bisons in kills with 13 and digs with 15, both match highs.
Right side Charlyn Ursell made 11 kills and finished with a .556 hitting percentage.
“Char is playing well and that is huge for us,” Rosenthal said. “She has turned her game up to another level in conference play. It is good to see.”
Outside hitters Kaycee Green and Meghan Hinemeyer each made 10 kills.
“When put our middles and right side into play it opened up the outside,” Rosenthal said. “Stetson did a nice job against us defensively to start the match. We could have gotten frustrated, but our girls stuck with it and ultimately did what we needed to do.
“We could get wrapped up in numbers. But we played to matches in about 13 of 14 hours. I appreciate what our girls did.”
Setter Stefine “Jake” Pease was credited with 41 assists.
Defensive specialist Caitlin “Dot” Dotson added 11 digs.
“Dot has made the most of her playing time as a freshman,” Rosenthal said. “She continues to learn and make plays for us.”
The loss dropped Stetson to 1-24, 0-9 in the conference.
The Lady Bisons final regular season game is Tuesday at 6:30 at Allen Arena when Belmont visits for the second edition of the “Battle of the Boulevard” this season. The Lady Bisons beat Belmont 3-1 Sept. 14 at the Curb Center in a match that only counted in the overall standings for both teams.
“Twenty wins is a big number for us but, obviously, we have one more huge match,” Rosenthal said. “Our girls want to finish it the way they started it.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.