Saturday, September 27, 2008
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons tied their school-record Atlantic Sun winning streak at six matches with a 3-2 win at Jacksonville Saturday evening at Swisher Gym in Jacksonville, Fla.
Dating back to last season's A-Sun Tournament the Lady Bisons have won nine straight conference matches. They have won seven matches in a row overall, one short of last season's record of eight.
The match was selected as the Atlantic Sun Game of the Week and it lived up to that billing. The two teams had not met since the finals of the A-Sun Tournament, a 3-0 win for the Lady Bisons. Heading into the match both the Lady Bisons and Jacksonville had won six straight matches. Jacksonville was undefeated in four matches at home.
The Lady Bisons won set one 26-24, lost set two 25-14, won set three 25-23, lost set four 25-20 and then roared back in set five to win 15-5.
“It was the two top teams in the conference,” said Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal. “Both sides knew it was going to be a battle.”
In pregame talks Rosenthal compared the match to the classic Ali-Frazier prize fights of old. The reference was lost on some of his players but they soon realized what Rosenthal was talking about.
“They were the big two prize fighters of their time,” Rosenthal said. “Even before the match it felt like that this was going to be a big match. When we went into the fifth set I told them it was like going into the 15th round.”
Middle blocker Alex Kelly finished with 14 kills and 13 digs, her second double-double in a row.
Katie Rose added 12 kills and Katie Bradley made 11.
But the leader was Amy Trykowski with 15 kills and a .448 hitting percentage.
“Amy played so well,” Rosenthal said. “She really stepped it up from the start. She kept us in the whole match.
“We knew this was something she was very capable of doing. It should help to build her confidence.”
Defensively, libero Jessica Turner kept her streak alive with double figures in digs. She made a team-high 32, her second time this season to make more than 30 digs in a match.
Opposite Erin Pierce made 14 digs and setter Jake Pease made 13.
Shelley Walroth made a match-high 38 digs for Jacksonville. Sara Bendforf had a match-high 22 kills.
The Lady Bisons are 8-6 overall, 6- 0 in the conference. Jacksonville is 8-5, 5-2 in the A-Sun.
“This was a tough trip,” said Rosenthal. “We came out with wins in two five-set matches. I am real excited with what this team has done.”