The Lady Bisons swept the match 3-0, extending their streak of set wins to 21. They won 25-19, 25-18 and 25-18 against Kennesaw State.
“Kennesaw State did some nice stuff,” said Lady Bisons coach Brandon Rosenthal. “At certain points it was really hard for us to put away a ball.
“We are going to see everybody’s best every time. It’s a hard thing to handle. But the truth of the matter is we have put ourselves into that situation.”
One of the keys for the Lady Bisons is despite the number of points scored by Kennesaw State in each set they never were able to take the lead.
“We might have given up a couple of more points than we have in the past, but I think being in control is always the biggest thing,” said Rosenthal. “We had the lead and we held the lead in each set.”
Freshman outside hitter Kaycee Green made a match-high 13 kills and also added a match-high four service aces. She posted a .478 hitting percentage.
Junior outside hitter Alex Kelly made 10 kills, and also was credited with a match-high 13 digs.
“I thought Kaycee did well,” said Rosenthal. “Kaycee’s big thing is understanding what we need to get done. Sometimes a freshman will come in and try to do too much.
“We want them to play our brand of volleyball. We don’t want them to get caught up with trying to do too much. When you try to do too much all of a sudden you can play into the other team’s hands.”
Green set new personal season highs for kills and hitting percentage. She also set a new team high for service aces in a three-set match.
“Kaycee is one of those gamers,” said Rosenthal. “We have been trying to push her to bring that approach to practice every day,” said Rosenthal. “As the year goes on she is going to get stronger. She is always going to have those long arms but she is going to put on more muscle.
“She has a great attitude. Day-in and day-out she is trying to figure out where she fits in. There is a level they are expected to live up to every day as freshmen and this tough.”
Asjia Stokes led Kennesaw State with 11 kills. Chelsey Densha led the team in digs with 11.
The Lady Bisons are 10-3, 7-0 in the A-Sun. Kennesaw State is 7-6, 2-4 in the conference.
“It wasn’t our best weekend by any means, but we won,” said Rosenthal. “I told the players after the match that they have to walk out of here and be happy.
“Our hard work is definitely paying off. We can’t lose sight of that. Every conference win is a good win.”
The Lady Bisons are back home in Allen Arena to play Evansville in a non-conference match Tuesday night at 6:30.
“This is a new opponent we really don’t know a lot about it,” said Rosenthal. “It is a non-conference game where we can play a little looser. But it is tough because we have to turn around and go right back into conference play.”