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Lady Bisons Face Tough Volleyball Schedule Starting With UT

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Aug. 23, 2005

Lipscomb University's Lady Bisons volleyball team will have little time to ease into the 2005 schedule.

After opening on the road Aug. 26 at Austin Peay, they make their home debut Aug. 27 against the University of Tennessee Lady Vols.

The Lady Vols are one of two Southeastern Conference teams on the Lady Bisons schedule. They will face Ole Miss in Oxford Sept.10 as part of the Magnolia Invitational. The Lady Bisons will also face the University of Texas from the Big 12 Conference and North Carolina State from the Atlantic Coast Conference as part of the Magnolia Invitational from Sept. 9 through 11.

"This is definitely our most difficult schedule," said Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal who is entering his third season. "To get a chance to play Tennessee at home is great. They are a top 10 team, finishing 10th in the country last season."

The Lady Bisons are facing four teams that went to the NCAA Tournament _ the Lady Vols; Texas, which was ranked 11th last season; Eastern Kentucky and Jacksonville.

"These games are going to prepare us for conference play," Rosenthal said.

Local teams on the schedule include Tennessee Tech, a foe on Sept. 17 as part of the Evansville Tournament sponsored by the University of Evansville.

The Lady Bisons will play Tennessee State on the road Sept. 20 and at Allen Arena on Nov. 1.

Tennessee Tech will visit Allen Arena Oct. 28. Austin Peay visits on Oct. 18.

The Lady Bisons will be on the road Oct. 25 at Middle Tennessee State University.

The volleyball version of the "Battle of the Boulevard" will take place Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at Belmont.

"We played Belmont twice last season and lost both times, but both matches were tightly played," Rosenthal said.

The Lady Bisons will be looking to qualify for one of the six berths in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.

"Our conference games are going to be a great challenge because the conference is going to be wide open," Rosenthal said. "Florida Atlantic is one of the bigger schools in the conference. They are always a strong team, and this year will be no different. Belmont is going to be extremely tough. They return most of their players. Jacksonville won the conference last season. They will be extremely tough again. After that, it is anybody's ballgame. It is going to be a dogfight."