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Lady Bisons defeat Evansville 3-2 extending win streak to four matches

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Lipscomb Lady Bisons ended their consecutive set wins streak at 11, but still came away with a 3-2 match win over Evansville Tuesday night in Evansville, Ind.

It was the fourth straight match win for the Lady Bisons.

After winning set one 25-21 and set two 25-19 the Lady Bisons lost set three 25-19 and set four 25-18. The Lady Bisons held off a late charge by Evansville in set five to prevail 3-2.

"This is what it is all about," said Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal. "We came to play. We left it all out there.

"It was a good match. Evansville is a very good team. But in the third and fourth sets we created more problems for ourselves with hitting errors. In both sets we had leads in the middle and lost them.

Sophomore middle blocker Alex Kelly led with a match high 18 kills. Freshman outside hitter Katie Rose added 16 kills and 15 digs for her second double-double of the season. She also posted a .375 hitting percentage.

Sophomore outside hitter Katie Bradley added 10 kills.

"Alex got off to a slow start, but had a great match," Rosenthal said. "Katie Rose and Katie Bradley both did a good, steady job on the outside."

Senior libero Jessica Turner set a new career and season team record for digs with 31. It was her fourth straight match with double figures in digs since making the move to libero.

Sophomore setter Jake Pease also was in double figures in digs with 11.

"We have really talked about defense," Rosenthal said. "Evansville was a great defensive team. We were two digs ahead after two sets and we never looked back.

"Jessica Turner did a wonderful, wonderful job. Jake Pease also did a great job of running our offense."

Brooke Maher had a double-double for Evansville with 14 kills and 16 digs.

Sally Kulupka added 13 kills and Emily Wandersee chipped in with 10.

Julie Sylvester led Evansville in digs with 23. April Lubrecht added 10.

The Lady Bisons raised their record to 5-6 overall. Evansville slipped to 6-7.

"Evansville has a smaller gym than us," Rosenthal said. "They had a really great crowd. They were right on top of us.

"We stressed that it wasn't going to be one player or one play that would make the difference. It had to be a team effort and it was."