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Saturday, October 24, 2009The one-two punch of setter Stefine “Jake” Pease and middle hitter Alex Kelly once again proved to be too much for the opposition to handle.
Saturday afternoon in Allen Arena the Lady Bisons won their 17th straight match. They also extended their Atlantic Sun record to 15-0 with a 3-0 sweep of the Stetson Lady Hatters. The Lady Bisons beat Stetson 25-10, 25-12, and 25-11.
The Lady Bisons are 9-0 at home and have only lost one set at Allen Arena this season.
This is the third season in a row the Lady Bisons have won at least 20 matches.
Stetson was hampered by illness with several players missing both the Belmont and Lipscomb matches including freshman setter Kelli Carneal.
“We found out Friday night that their starting setter was out and they are a completely different team without her,” said Lady Bisons coach Brandon Rosenthal. “Stetson did a couple of nice things defensively to extend rallied.
“Any time you are playing in a conference match it is going to be a tough go. I thought our girls handled the challenge well. We really didn’t give them an opportunity to jump out to a lead. We want to be able to do that.”
Junior setter Stefine "Jake" Pease was credited with 32 assists. She has 3,518 for her career, breaking the old mark of 3,501 set by Emily Smith.
“It was neat for Jake to pass the all-time assist record as a junior,” said Rosenthal. “Between sets we joked with Jake about it. Jake works extremely hard. She deserves every accolade that she gets.”
The Lady Bisons were led by junior middle hitter Alex Kelly with 17 kills and 16 digs, both match highs. She also posted a .556 hitting percentage.
Junior outside hitter Meghan Hinemeyer added 10 kills.
“With Alex it doesn’t matter who we are playing,” said Rosenthal. “She is going to go about her business. That what makes her a special player along with Jake.
“In these last two matches you can see why both Jake and Alex are the best players in the conference. And I truly mean that. You can see what happens when they get going. They are a dangerous combination.”
Rosenthal had a chance to give all of his players significant playing time. Freshman outside hitter Kory Honel had five kills and a .500 hitting percentage.
No Stetson players were in double figures in kills. Anna Becker made 14 digs and Monique Russell added 10 for the Lady Hatters.
Stetson is 1-21 overall, 0-15 in the conference.
The Lady Bisons, 20-3, 15-0, are in Florida for Halloween weekend. They play at North Florida Friday night and then play Jacksonville Saturday afternoon.