Sept. 11, 2007
Sometimes in a volleyball match a team will play well, but still not win.
Such was the case for the Lady Bisons who played their first five-game match of the season, losing 3-2 to Evansville Tuesday night at Allen Arena. The Lady Bisons won the first game 30-16, but lost game two 30-27. After rebounding to win game three 30-27 they lost game four 30-27 and game five 15-13.
It was the first five-game match of the season for the Lady Bisons. The loss ended a two-game win string for the Lady Bisons. Evansville has won five matches in a row.
"In game four I thought we had a real good chance to close it out," Lady Bisons coach Brandon Rosenthal said. "We made a couple of errors at the wrong time.
"Going into game five I felt good. When you have a game five it is usually a play here or a play there that makes the difference. In the fifth game we had some match-up problems, but once you start the game there is nothing you can do. We were down 13-11 and tied it at 13-13, but then momentum takes over."
The Lady Bisons held a 103-92 advantage in digs. They also had the edge in hitting percentage with a .179 compared with Evansville's .108. The Lady Bisons made 71 kills with Evansville credited with 63.
"I thought defensively we did an outstanding job," Rosenthal said. "We out hit them. It was kind of a weird match. They got points at key times. It is a game of momentum. When you are ahead by two points you have to do something with it.
"There is nothing wrong with the way we played. I'm pleased. There was good volleyball on both sides. Our players played hard point after point and that is what we ask. This will drive our team even harder."
Junior outside hitter Sarah Snider recorded a match-high 25 kills, her sixth match high of the season. Snider also made four service aces.
"Sarah did a nice job," Rosenthal said. "Early on she got a little wild with the things she was doing and tried to force a couple of balls, but she settled down. Her hitting percentage of .176 isn't indicative of how she played."
"It's one of those things where Ashley was chomping at the bit to get out there," Rosenthal said. "She got her opportunity and has made the most of it. I give a lot of credit to Ashley and what she has done."
Defensively, senior libero Ann Mullins was credited with a match high 37 digs, also a season high for her this season. Snider made 17 digs. Freshman setter Stefine "Jake" Pease had 13.
"We are trying to tweak the defense a little bit," Rosenthal said. "We still might be working with that. It is one of those things where we have to adjust and buy into it. That's what these pre-conference matches are all about."
Sally Kulupka made 20 kills for Evansville. Defensively, Julie Walroth led with 31 digs.
The Lady Bisons slipped t0 3-7. Evansville raised its record to 7-4.