The Lipscomb Lady Bisons have consistently tried to do one thing this season _ take care of their side of the court.
That is what they did Friday night at Allen Arena in a 3-0 sweep of North Florida in Atlantic Sun competition.
The Lady Bisons won by scores of 25-11, 25-19 and 25-17.
“I thought our girls did a great job of executing our game plan,” Lady Bisons’ coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “UNF is a dangerous team. Coming out in the first set we really set the tone. Moving into the second set there was a little bit of a letdown.
“I thought at the beginning of the second set we did a nice job, but we kind of limped in at the end. That’s what we talked about between sets two and three. We have to dictate the match all the way through.”
It was the 31st straight conference regular season win for the Lady Bisons and the 24th win in a row at home.
As part of "Dig for the Cure" in connection with "Breast Cancer Awareness" Month the Lady Bisons wore pink shorts and Rosenthal dressed in a pink jacket, shirt and tie.
The Lady Bisons held a 37-26 advantage in digs. Four Lady Bisons had six digs in the match.
“Defensively, I thought we did a great job,” Rosenthal said. “We did a lot of little things really well and put a lot of pressure on UNF. You don’t necessarily see it on the stat page but there were errors they had to make because we played a pretty solid defense.
“We always preach team defense. More than ever now you look at the stat sheet and no one person really stands out. Alex Kelly and Jake Pease lead the way there, but we also have Katie Rose, Meghan Hinemeyer, Dot Dotson and Stephanie Rex. That’s what makes our defense tough because it is not just one person.”
The Lady Bisons are 17-6 overall, 6-0 in the conference. North Florida slipped to 5-19 overall, 2-5 in the conference, extending its losing streak to four matches.
Kelly led the way with a match-high 14 kills. She also had 16.5 points, a .400 hitting percentage and six digs.
Opposite Charlyn Ursell posted a .500 hitting percentage with six kills, five assists and four block assists.
“The biggest thing about the assists for Char is not forcing the issue,” Rosenthal said. “At the beginning of the year she was trying to force it.
“We have very talented players around her. She can make the smart play and let her teammates play the ball around her. One of our keys this week was to not make errors that we don’t need to make.” Hinemeyer had nine kills, two service aces and six digs.
Pease had 34 assists, two kills and six digs.
“You look down the line and Katie Rose hit .625 and Char hit .500,” Rosenthal said. “It is like that all the way down the stat sheet. When we do that we are going to win games.”
The Lady Bisons are back in action Saturday at 2 p.m. when Jacksonville visits Allen Arena. Jacksonville lost 3-0 at Belmont Friday night, falling to 12-13 overall, 3-4 in the A-Sun.
“The challenge we have is that Jacksonville has height and speed,” Rosenthal said. “Jacksonville is playing for its tournament life. It is going to be a challenge for us to match their intensity.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.