Sept. 10, 2005
Lipscomb's Lady Bisons volleyball team started Friday morning against the Atlantic Coast Conference and ended with the Big 12, a challenging day for any sports team.
In the first day of the Magnolia Classic at the University of Mississippi in Oxford the Lady Bisons lost 3-0 (30-24, 30-21, 30-21) to North Carolina State and 3-0 (30-14, 30-17, 30-18) to Texas, the 17th-ranked team nationally.
"In the opening game with N.C. State we found ourselves in a pretty good match," said Lipscomb volleyball coach Brandon Rosenthal. "We were tied 20-20 in the first game, but our passing let us down a little toward the end of the game."
Rosenthal was pleased that this Lady Bisons stuck with their game plan, and never wavered against the challenge.
"They fought hard," Rosenthal said. "Our game plan was to limit their middle from getting a lot of offense and we did that.
"I'm happy that we went into the game with a scouting report and that we executed what we wanted to do. In each game it was just a matter for us of coming up with some easy plays."
Texas is the tallest team in the nation averaging 6-1/1/2 feet per player.
"We were able to execute some of our game plan against them," Rosenthal said. "Our hitting percentage in the first game was .276. Our service is an important part of our game. We could have done better than not having any aces and 12 service errors.
"We wanted to try make them change their tempo. But they are going to get their kills. It was a great sign as that we were playing better and better that Texas had to step up to another level."
Rosenthal was pleased with Lindsey Rutherford's .208 hitting percentage against North Carolina. She also had a pair of service aces and a block. She had a .250 hitting percentage against Texas.
Betsy Steele posted a .400 hitting percentage against Texas.
Jessica Enderle continues to be a consistent performer for the Lady Bisons. She had a .160 hitting percentage against N.C. State.
Rosenthal knows that the tournaments are a challenge for his team which plays three freshmen _ Jessica Turner, Steele and Erin Pierce _ in prominent roles. The goal is to become a better team with each match in time for Atlantic Sun Conference matches.
"It's a great testament to the program that we are not just able to play these types of teams, but that we can compete with them,' Rosenthal said. "We continued to fight in every game. We did not get down. We realize what the bigger picture is."