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Volleyball overcomes slow start to defeat Kennesaw State
Brandon Rosenthal
Brandon Rosenthal

Saturday, October 11, 2008

The road doesn't get any easier for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons.

While their last two matches have been close, they have won them both. Saturday the Lady Bisons spotted Kennessaw State a 25-23 win in set one and then won the next three sets 25-23, 25-23 and 25-21 in Atlantic Sun action.

"Kennesaw State did a nice job," said Rosenthal. "They put some pressure on our defense. It took us some time to adjust to what they were doing.

"We didn't play our best match. We found ways at the end of each set to buckle down. We played our best at the end of each set. We had  because we gave up leads and had to fight back."

The Lady Bisons finished the first half of the conference round robin with a 9-1 record, tying them with Florida Gulf Coast for first place.

"We want to keep focused and keep moving forward," said Rosenthal. "That is what the regular season is all about.

"We faced some tough challenges in the first half of the round-robin, but we fought through them. I'm proud of our players and how they handled the ups and downs."

Middle blocker Alex Kelly once again was the centerpiece for the Lady Bisons with a team-leading 18 kills and 12 digs, her seventh straight match with a double-double performance. She also posted a .326 hitting percentage.

Outside hitter Katie Bradley and opposite Erin Pierce each made 10 kills.

Libero Jessica Turner made a match-high 20 digs, keeping her string of matches with double figures in digs alive at an even dozen.

Rosenthal also had praise for the work of his reserves.

"I am really proud of our bench tonight," said Rosenthal. " Both Elly and Kaley were brought into tough situations and did a great job for us. It speaks volume for those two and the rest of our bench that they can come in and perform like that. This team continues to impress me and while it might show on the stat sheet very much, the contribution of our bench is vital to our success."

Kennesaw State offered the Lady Bisons a balanced attack to deal with. Sabrita Gulley was credited with a double-double with 18 kills and 12 digs.

Chelsey Denisha made 11 kills and added 15 digs. Callie Churchwell also added 11 kills.

Defensively, Selina O'Leary made 16 digs and Eman Burns was credited with 11.

The Lady Bisons are 12-7 overall, 9-1 in the conference. Kennesaw State slipped to 2-16, 1-8 in the A-Sun.