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Volleyball squad hopes to bounce back Saturday

Friday, August 29, 2008

The outcomes of the first matches of the season were not what the Lady Bisons volleyball team wanted, but tomorrow is another day.

The Lady Bisons will be out to bounce back Saturday at 2 p.m. when they face Morehead State the host of the Comfort Inn and Suites Classic in Morehead, Ky.

The Lady Bisons lost 3-2 to Western Illinois in the opening match of the season and 3-2 to Indiana State in the second match.

"It's a long season," said Lady Bisons coach Brandon Rosenthal. "Those teams were hungry to prove themselves. We will take some of this stuff and learn from it.

"We didn't execute. We had some good production out of some people and we had some areas we need to work on. I'm not sure that we deserved to win. We didn't put forth the effort that we needed to and we will learn from that."

Both matches went to set five for a tie-breaker with the Lady Bisons losing to Western Illinois 15-11 and 16-14 to Indiana State.

"In game five anything can happen," Rosenthal said. "We struggled in putting a consistent six, seven or eight players on the court. Unfortunately, in game five that came back and bit us a little bit."

Sarah Snider, one of the top outside hitters in the Atlantic Sun last season, played the libero role in both matches. It is a position she will hold until her shoulder allows her to have the power she needs as an outside hitter.

"It is tough to take your best offensive player and put her in a non-offensive role," Rosenthal said.

Snider, a senior, put up strong numbers at the position with a team-leading 17 digs against Western Illinois and a match-high 26 digs against Indiana State.

Sophomore middle blocker Alex Kelly also was at the top of her game with 19 kills each against Western Illinois and Indiana State, both match highs.

"Alex did a tremendous job offensively," Rosenthal said. "I would like to see her take it up another level defensively. All-in-all she played pretty well."

Junior opposite Erin Pierce played two outstanding matches as well, posting a double-double against Indiana State with 12 kills and 15 digs. She also added 14 digs and nine kills against Western Illinois.

"I was real pleased with Erin," said Rosenthal. "She played hard throughout. There were a couple of mental errors in the middle games, but she didn't let it get her down and affect her overall. She really gutted it out."

Western Illinois and Indiana State were somewhat unknown opponents for the Lady Bisons. They had a chance to get a long look at Morehead State, one of the top teams in the Ohio Valley Conference.

"The challenge Morehead State offers is that they just execute," Rosenthal said. "They are not going to give you many free points. They are a very good match for us personnel-wise."