The Lady Bisons took the first two sets with scores of 25-20 and 25-11. The Dons then won set three 26-24, but the Lady Bisons pulled the fourth and final set out 25- 21 to secure the win.
The Lady Bisons 2-1 record earned them second place in the four-team tournament. Kansas was undefeated in three matches.
“I thought we were really impressive,” Lady Bisons coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “We really set the tone early and set out to really be the aggressor.”
“We’re obviously a little disappointed in set three and the way it went down. We just made way too many mental mistakes, but the lessons that we’re learning now will help us down the road.”
Middle hitter Alex Kelley again led the team in kills with 24, the match high, and had an impressive .476 hitting percentage. She also pulled double digits in digs with 15. Sophomore outside hitter Kaycee Green had 11 kills, and senior Meghan Hinemeyer had nine.
“Incredible play by Alex Kelly,” Rosenthal said. “You can’t say enough about what she brings to the table each week.
“I guess it’s to be expected from her and Jake. Jake really set the stage for us as well.”
Kelly and Pease both made the All-Tournament Team. Kelly also broke the tournament most kills record with 63.
Junior Kelsey Neumann stepped up as well with six blocks getting her first chance to play considerable points. The coaching staff continues to be impressed with her play overall.
The Lady Bison defense kept San Francisco’s Sarah Mandala’s kill count to only eight. No player in green-and-gold had kills in the double digits. The Lady Bisons had 13 total blocks against the Dons while Katie Rose and Meghan Hinemeyer picked up 11 digs. Senior Jake Pease had 15.
“When you come and you’re a part of Lipscomb volleyball, you know that anything less than all out defense is not going to be accepted,” Rosenthal said. “I expect each and every one of our players to play as hard as they can, and I think at the end of the day, they’ll appreciate it.
Rosenthal is very pleased with his team’s first showing this weekend and is preparing for another A-Sun Championship.
“Anything short of that is something the team is not going to accept,” he said. “They want it bad.”
They Lady Bisons will be concentrating on cleaner transitions and more aggressive serving this week going into the Blue and Gold Tournament next weekend hosted by Pitt.
The Lady Bison’s next match will be Sept. 3 against Purdue in Pittsburgh. Other opponents include Tulane and Pitt.
Written by Rachel Carden, student assistant in Lipscomb Athletics Media Relations.