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Lady Bisons back home to play FGCU
Katie Rose
Katie Rose

Friday, September 24, 2010

White T-shirts and black shorts have been the practice attire for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons volleyball team this week.

Monday they took the “back to basics” approach on the practice court and beat Austin Peay Tuesday night by a 3-0 match score. That win ended a three-game losing streak.

That "back to basics" approach has continued this week as the Lady Bisons, 10-5, prepare to face Florida Gulf Coast, 2-10, Sunday at 1 p.m. at Allen Arena.

“That was for the week,” Lady Bisons coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “That is going to take more than one practice.

“Everybody is in a good mood. We kind of got back on track. What we are talking about is having the opportunity to work on the basics day in and day out.”

Florida Gulf Coast is an Atlantic Sun Conference team, but this match will not count as an official conference match. That match will be played Nov. 5 in Fort Myers, Fla. Florida Gulf Coast is playing Belmont Saturday.

“All three coaches understand what we need to be doing,” Rosenthal said. “Florida Gulf Coast can come up here and get in two good matches.

“This will give us an idea of what we are going to be up against way down the road. When you look at Gulf Coast’s record you can see they have played a lot of big name teams. They are well-coached and they are going to be a dangerous team.”

Rosenthal has stressed to his players that the “back to basics” approach is not a punishment. They have not been allowed to wear one of the many hues of T-shirts they have for practice. Music, which once provided a back drop to the drills, has been silenced.

“This is not a situation where they have to earn the right to wear something that says Lipscomb on it,” Rosenthal said. “It is more a symbol of let’s forget all of this other stuff and really focus on what is important which is the way we practice determines the way we play.”

It all centers on the work ethic which has been a trademark of Rosenthal’s teams.

“In this day and age everyone wants the quick dollar and wants everything handed to them,” Rosenthal said. “People say they want to be rich like Oprah. Let’s face it. Oprah worked for it and she still works for it.

“But people don’t believe that. They only want what she has. It is a case of not talking about it, but doing it.”

The Lady Bisons lead the conference in hitting percentage (.237), opponent hitting percentage (.150), assists (12.65 per set), kills (13.49 per set) and are second in digs (16.22 per set).

Middle blocker Alex Kelly is first in the conference in kills (4.16 per set) and points (4.87 per set). Middle blocker Katie Rose‘s .338 hitting percentage is tops in the conference. Stefine “Jake” Pease leads in assists with 11.22 per set.

Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.