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Lady Bisons beat McNeese State in Jaguar Classic

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Sept. 15, 2007

Final Stats

This past weekend the Lady Bisons weren't stuck outside of Mobile with the Memphis blues again.

In the Jaguar Classic hosted by the University of South Alabama the Lady Bisons closed out Saturday afternoon with a 3-1 match win over McNeese State. Friday night they beat the host team, South Alabama, 3-2.

"They didn't tell us anything when we left, but we are calling this our first tournament championship," Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. "I'm fine with looking at like that."

Whether or not they are an official champion, there is no doubt the Lady Bisons are back on track. They have won four of their last five games and finished as runner-up in the IPFW Invitational last week.

Senior libero Ann Mullins and junior outside hitter Sarah Snider each were named to the All-Tournament team in the Jaguar Classic,

"I don't think there was ever any doubt that we have talent," Rosenthal said. "It was just a matter of everybody getting into a rhythm. It took us about a week longer than we expected, but that is just college athletics."

After losing the first game of the match against McNeese 30-25, the Lady Bisons bounced back to sweep the final three games by scores of 30-23, 30-22 and 30-18.

"In the first game we came out and made a couple of mental mistakes," Rosenthal said. "Then we became more comfortable with what we were doing. We played extremely well as a team moving around defensively."

The strength was in the middle for the Lady Bisons with senior Alex Scruggs and freshman Alex Kelly attacking throughout the match. Scruggs finished with a season-high and match-high 20 kills and a match-high .457 hitting percentage. Kelly added 14 kills and a .440 hitting percentage.

"We really attacked from the middle," Rosenthal said.

Snider continued her solid play with 19 kills and 21 digs.

"Sarah is really developing a complete game," Rosenthal said.

Mullins made 37 digs, tying her season high made in a five-game match with Evansville. Senior defensive specialist Grace Gilmore chipped in with 14 digs and three service aces. Freshman setter Stefine "Jake" Pease and junior defensive specialist Jessica Turner each added 10 digs.

Lindsey Petzold was the only McNeese State player in double figures in kills with 12. Jessica Strama was credited with 22 digs. Chanel Tyler added 20.

The Lady Bisons play their first Atlantic Sun Conference match of the season Saturday at Mercer in Macon, Ga.

"We are coming together at the right time," Rosenthal said. "We are going to take a couple of days off and then get back to work. The main thing on our mind right now is Mercer."

The win lifted the Lady Bisons to 5-7. McNeese State is also 5-7.