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Saturday, October 20, 2007
Oct. 20, 2007
The Lady Bisons guaranteed themselves at least a .500 regular season record with a 3-0 Atlantic Sun win Saturday afternoon against Kennesaw State at Allen Arena.
The Lady Bisons have won eight straight matches. They have only five regular season matches left.
"We are really playing well," Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. "It is exciting to see this team understanding and playing the system we have set forth. "
Senior libero Ann Mullins posted a match-high 23 digs, but fell four short of breaking the Atlantic Sun Conference all-time digs record of 1,843 set by Liz Kane of Mercer.
"Coming in and trying to get 27 is tough," Rosenthal said. "Getting 23 in a three-game match is outstanding.
"Ann hasn't talked about it with me. I haven't talked about it with her. When it happens it happens."
Junior outside hitter Sarah Snider finished with a match-high 14 kills. She has posted the match-high in kills 17 times this season and finished in double figures in kills 20 times.
Freshman middle blocker Alex Kelly added 12 kills. She also finished with a .526 hitting percentage, her highest of the season.
Snider and junior defensive specialist Jessica Turner both added 11 digs.
The Lady Bisons hit .286 for the match. They held Kennesaw State to a negative .025 hitting percentage. No Kennesaw State player made more than seven kills. There were three players in double figures in digs for Kennesaw State with Asjia Stokes leading her team with 14.
"I'm very pleased with our defensive work," Rosenthal said. "To hold a conference team to negative numbers is always good. Offensively, to have only 13 errors and hit .286 was tremendous."
The Lady Bisons have spent a great deal of practice working on cutting down the errors.
"We were focused on what we had to do on each and every play," Rosenthal said. "We can't worry about the last play or the next play. We have to take care of the ball.
"Kennesaw can be a dangerous team. They have some big players out there that jump well. The setter does a nice job. I think we were well-prepared for her attacks."
Rosenthal praised freshman setter Stefine Pease for the way she distributed the ball.
"It was probably one of the most evenly-distributed matches that we have had," Rosenthal said. "That was good, especially against a team that has offensive weapons.
"I also thought we did a great job at the net. They are a pretty good blocking team. I am always impressed when we go against a good blocking team and we match or better them."
The Lady Bisons are 14-9 overall, 6-2 in the A-Sun. Kennesaw State slipped to 4-20, 2-5 in the conference.
Tuesday night the Lady Bisons make the short trip down the boulevard to face Belmont at 7.
"There is still a lot to be determined," Rosenthal said. "When we looked at what part of the season we were going to play Belmont we thought we had a good chance to be playing well.
"Belmont is going to be ready to go. They are as tough as they ever have been. They are model of consistency year-in and year-out."