Saturday, September 12, 2009“Greed is good.”
While that slogan didn’t do very much for characters in the movie Wall Street, it is a mantra that Lipscomb Lady Bisons coach Brandon Rosenthal is stressing to his volleyball players when it comes to accumulating points.
“When you look at our side-out percentages we sided out against North Florida at 75, 80 and 85 percent and against Jacksonville it was 75, 85 and 64 percent," said Rosenthal. "That means in the second set we were scoring 85 percent of the time off of Jacksonville’s serves.
“We have preached and talked about the momentum of the game. If we get one point, we want to get two or three. We have talked about flat-out getting greedy. When we get a four-point run we don’t want to be satisfied. We want to get that fifth point.”
The Lady Bisons swept Jacksonville 3-0 in an Atlantic Sun Conference game Saturday afternoon at Allen Arena. It was the third straight win for the Lady Bisons, all 3-0 decisions.
The Lady Bisons are 6-3, 3-0 in the A-Sun. Jacksonville slipped to 3-5, 0-2 in the conference.
They fought off an early challenge by Jacksonville in set one before winning 25-19. They won set two 25-14 and close out the match with a 25-19 decision.
“Set one was one of those set where I was a little displeased with our effort,” said Rosenthal. “I called a quick time out. There was no secret we had to do a better job of executing and going about our business.
“I thought Jacksonville did a great job of dictating the first 15 points of the first set. We can’t just sit back and let a team dictate the match.”
Senior opposite Erin Pierce made a career-high 28 digs in the match. It was the most digs in a three-set match for a Lady Bisons player since former libero Ann Mullins made 29 against Samford Aug. 25, 2007. It is the second highest mark for digs in a three-set match in program history, tying the 28 made by Mullins against Stetson Oct. 5, 2007.
“Defensively, Erin was everywhere,” said Rosenthal. “She just came out really focused and did a fantastic job all over the court. She really put away some balls at key times for us.”
The inside-outside combination of middle hitter Alex Kelly and outside hitter Meghan Hinemeyer once again paved the way offensively. Kelly, with a .500 hitting percentage, made a match-high 16 kills and Hinemeyer was credited with 15. Kelly also added 10 digs.
Setter Stefine “Jake” Pease directed the Lady Bisons attack with 39 assists. She also had eight digs, three kills and one service ace.
“It comes down to execution,” said Rosenthal.
Rosenthal stresses that one of the keys to the Lady Bisons early success is that several talented individuals have been willing to play as a team. He credits team captains Pease, Kelly and Pierce for setting the proper tone.
“Some of it has to do with our pre-conference schedule and some of it has to do with the leadership that we have in place,” said Rosenthal. “Our three captains want to win and they want to win badly.
“Our girls played extremely well this past week. Some of it has to do with what they want to do. We are very focused. We are all on the same page.”
Aidan Yeager led Jacksonville with 10 kills. Brooke Singleton added 10 digs.
The Lady Bisons are on the road next weekend for a pair of Atlantic Sun matches. They face Stetson Friday (Sept. 18) in DeLand, Fla., and play Florida Gulf Coast Saturday (Sept. 19).
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