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Lady Bisons open A-Sun play with victory at Mercer

Friday, September 29, 2006

Sept. 29, 2006

Final Stats

MACON , Ga. _ The Lady Bisons road to the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament got a nice push with a victory in the conference opener at Mercer University

"Any win in our conference is big and winning on the road is bigger," said Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal. "Conference matches are what we play for. As great as this win is we have more work to do. I can't say enough good things about them, but they understand what is ahead of us."

The Lady Bisons won game one 30-24, lost game two 30-24 and then won game three 30-24. They closed out the match with a 30-26 win Friday night.

"In the first game we were in control," said Rosenthal. "In the second game we were in control with a five or six point lead. Then we made a couple of errors back-to-back and let them regain the momentum. It wasn't anything they did. It was us. In the third game we remained in control."

In game four the Lady Bisons fell behind 10-3, and then scrambled to make up the deficit. The Lady Bisons took the lead at 12-11 and both teams traded points until almost the end of the game.

"In the fourth game we got down a little bit," said Rosenthal. "We called a time out at 10-3, and I told them to focus. We took the momentum at the end and ran with it."

The Lady Bisons, 5-11, 1-0 in the A-Sun have won two matches in a row. They have very little time to celebrate as they play their second conference match in as many days Saturday at Stetson in Deland, Fla. at 3 p.m.

Mercer slipped to 6-11, 0-1 in the A-Sun.

"There is no easy way to cut this trip up," said Rosenthal. "Our players are used to playing matches back-to-back. We can't make any excuses. There is no room for that. We have to go there and get it done."

Cara Wilber completed a double-double for the second straight match with a match-high 18 kills and 14 digs and a .289 hitting percentage.

Also in double figures in kills were Alex Scruggs with 17 kills and a .282 hitting percentage and Lindsey Rutherford with 12 kills.

"Alex had a good percentage," said Rosenthal. "I thought she did a fantastic job. They really didn't have an answer for her."

Ann Mullins posted a match high 26 digs. Samantha Sullivan was credited with 12 digs.

Sullivan and Gilmore each made three service aces. Rosenthal also praised Sullivan for her 56 attacks and four blocks. The Lady Bisons had 20 blocks overall.

"I was extremely proud of our players," said Rosenthal. "We executed our game plan exactly like we wanted.

"Our serving was right on. We distributed the ball extremely well. The defense was tremendous blocking-wise. We out-blocked them by quite a bit. Blocking is not one of our strengths so when we get this type of match blocking-wise we are going to be hard to beat."