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Louisville (15-5, 7-0 Big East)
Lipscomb (14-6, 7-0 A-Sun)
10/18/2011 | Nashville, TN | Attendance: 492
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- There is no fear factor for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons volleyball team.
Tuesday night they handed Louisville, a Big East Conference power only their fifth match loss of the season taking a 3-1 decision in front of approximately 500 fans at Allen Arena. It was the 12th match win in a row for the Lady Bisons.
The Lady Bisons won set one 25-22, lost set two 25-18 and then rallied to win set three 25-23 and set four 25-21. Louisville is ranked 29th in the country this week.
“The message for the last month-and-a-half for our players is that I am not going to hold them back,” coach Brandon Rosenthal said as he checked the 16 messages he received from coaches around the country. “If they want to get something done, then let’s go get it done.
“It was fun to play a team like that in front of a great crowd. It’s a great win for the program. This is by far the highest ranked team we have beaten. This solidifies what we are trying to do here, not just regionally or in the Atlantic Sun Conference, but nationally.”
“I thought we played a good second set,” Rosenthal said. “The only thing that I was disappointed with is that in the last five points we lost our swagger.
“That was my big thing between sets. I told them not to back down. I told them to be pests and worry the crap out of the opponent. I thought defensively we did that.”
The Lady Bisons held a 58-46 advantage in digs.
Libero Stephanie Rex was credited with a match-high 17 for the Lady Bisons. Setter Caitlin Dotson added 11.
Louisville defensive specialist Caitlin Welch made 14 digs.
“I thought our defense was tremendous and really created a lot of problems for them,” Rosenthal said. “Louisville preaches defense and hard-nosed play.
“I thought Stephanie Rex was outstanding. It was a tough match for her and she really had to work through it. In the third and fourth sets she was huge. It was a total team effort.”
Offensively, the Lady Bisons also dominated with four players in double figures in kills. Outside hitter Lauren Ford led the way with 15 followed by outside hitter Kaycee Green with 14, middle blocker Jewell Dobson with 13 and middle blocker Katie Rose with 12.
Outside hitter Lola Arslanbekova was the only Louisville player in double figures in kills with a match-high 16. She entered the match ranked second in the nation in kills per set.
“We had four players in double figures against a top 30 team,” Rosenthal said.
The Lady Bisons posted a .253 hitting percentage. The only opponent of Louisville to have a higher hitting percentage was Illinois at .258. Illinois is rated as the No.1 team in the country.
“It was one of the more tactical matches that we have had to play,” Rosenthal said. “There was a lot of back-and-forth.
“I knew they scouted us well. We tried to give them a different look. It is a credit to our girls that they really stuck to the game plan and executed it well.”
Louisville slipped to 17-5 overall. The Lady Bisons, 14-6 overall, put their 7-0 Atlantic Sun record on the line this weekend when Stetson and Florida Gulf Coast visit.
“We’ve got to handle this win the right way and move towards the task at hand,” Rosenthal said. “As coaching staff that is something we will be working on. We have to address what is important and now what is most important to us is Stetson.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.