|October 01, 2011||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
FORD - 2
DOBSON - 2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Middle blocker Katie Rose posted a double-double and outside hitter Kaycee Green finished in double figures for the eighth straight match as the Lipscomb Lady Bisons swept ETSU’s Lady Bucs 3-0 Saturday afternoon in Atlantic Sun volleyball at Allen Arena.
The Lady Bisons won by set scores of 25-15, 25-22 and 25-16. It was the first time the two teams have met since the Lady Bisons won 3-2 in the finals of the 2010 A-Sun Tournament in Fort Myers, Fla.
“We addressed last year from the standpoint that we have a good amount of respect for them as an opponent,” Lady Bisons’ coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “There are teams that play you tougher than other teams and ETSU has always been one of those teams for us. You have to go into it expecting a battle.”
The Lady Bisons, 4-0 in conference play and 10-6 overall, have won their last eight matches. It was the 39th conference win in a row for the Lady Bisons. ETSU fell to 1-2, 7-10 overall.
In set one the Lady Bisons and the Lady Bucs were never separated by more than two points. With an 11-10 lead the Lady Bisons scored nine unanswered points to lead 20-10 with Caitlin Dotson serving on eight of the points.
Set two went down to the wire. The Lady Bisons held three-point advantages at 5-2, 15-12 and 25-22, the biggest leads in the set. The score was tied eight times.
“The thing that was most disappointing was that we had an early lead and we didn’t look to extend it,” Rosenthal said. “We got comfortable with it. Good teams make runs and that is what ETSU did.
“We found ourselves in a situation where we were down. We had to fight back. ETSU really did a nice job against us.”
The Lady Bisons jumped out to an 8-1 lead in set three, but allowed ETSU to close the gap at 11-8. The Lady Bisons outscored ETSU 14-8 to finish the set and the match.
“The simple fact is you can’t let good teams back in,” Rosenthal said. “When you are up 2-0 the first 10 points of the third set are crucial. We have to set a tone. We have to make it uncomfortable for the other team.”
Rose led with 13 kills and a .458 hitting percentage, both match highs. She also added a team-high 14 digs. Green made 10 kills and outside hitter Lauren Ford added nine. Middle blocker Jewell Dobson had a .308 hitting percentage.
“We are really well-rounded,” Rosenthal said. “I think that is where a lot of the pressure comes from for other teams. It’s nice to have that luxury of players.
“When the scouting report says you have to stop player X you are simplifying the game for the opposition. When you also have players Y and Z then the other team has to really worry.”
Outside hitter Megan Devine was the only ETSU player in double figures in kills with 11. Libero Kiley Tamblyn was credited with a match-high 15 digs.
The Lady Bisons are back in action against top rival Belmont (13-6, 4-0 A-Sun) on Thursday night at 6:30 at Allen Arena. Both teams are unbeaten in the A-Sun this season.
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.