The Lady Bisons made six service aces Saturday morning in a 3-0 match sweep of the host University of Pittsburgh in the Pittsburgh Invitational. Pitt did not have service ace.
“We have always said we are going to be a top serving team,” Rosenthal said. “but we are not going to have a ton of aces.
“It is always a good thing to have more aces than errors, but it can be a little misleading. What the stat sheet doesn’t tell is how many bad passes were caused by our top servers.”
The Lady Bisons won by set scores of 25-15, 25-17 and 25-13.
As a team the Lady Bisons, 4-2, posted a .418 hitting percentage. Pitt, 0-6, hit .136.
“It all starts with the serve,” Rosenthal said. “We have a solid defense around us.
“I don’t want to say it is a snowball effect, but you are dictating the tempo and the style of play. Defense is one of our strengths. We work extremely hard at being able to put ourselves in good positions. When we do that to teams it is tough to beat us.”
It was the second match sweep in a row for the Lady Bisons who beat Tulane 3-0 Friday. The Lady Bisons finished the tournament with a 2-1 record, losing 3-0 to Purdue in the first match.
Middle blocker Alex Kelly and outside hitter Kaycee Green were named to the All-Tournament team.
“The girls came out from the first point with something to prove,” Rosenthal said. “It showed something about the team that they weren’t satisfied with getting one win.
“I liked the fact they came out and dictated the match. They did a nice job serving. They put a lot of pressure on the other team as far as pushing them into some bad positions.”
Kelly had 13 kills and 15 digs, both match highs. It was the first match of the tournament that she finished in double figures in kills. Kelly also had a .393 hitting percentage.
“We took the middle away from Pittsburgh,” Rosenthal said. “By doing that we limited their options.”
Green finished with 12 kills, her second match in a row to finish with double figures in kills. She also had a .476 hitting percentage.
Setter Stefine “Jake” Pease made 42 assists and had a .375 hitting percentage.
Outside hitter Meghan Hinemeyer was credited with 12 digs.
“On the defensive end I thought Stephanie Rex and Dot Dotson did nice jobs as well,” Rosenthal said. “I thought Charlyn Ursell did a great job serving. She put Pitt into tough spots with her jump serve. Jake and Rex also did well serving.”
The Lady Bisons are home for the first time this season Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. when Tennessee State visits.
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.