Sept. 5, 2005
The slogan on their license plates says the "Stars fell on Alabama". There is no doubt that the sun, as in the Atlantic Sun Conference, didn't shine in Birmingham.
Friday night the Lady Bisons of Lipscomb fell 3-1 to the University of Alabama-Birmingham volleyball team. Earlier in the day, Stetson dropped three straight games to UAB, 2-0 on the season. Both Lipscomb and Stetson are members of the A-Sun.
"The girls are fighting hard and really showing a lot of character," Rosenthal said. "While it is disappointing to lose, things are coming together. We have a such a young team it is going to take time."
Lipscomb libero Ann Mullins recorded a match-high 17 digs, but the Lady Bisons were unable to break into the win column.
"We are still looking for Ann to take over a little bit more," Rosenthal said. "I think she is a difference maker. She has done a nice job, but at the same time I expect a little bit more out of her."
The Lady Bisons lost 30-25 and 30-17 in their first two games Friday night at the Bartow Arena. The Lady Bisons rallied in game three for a 32-30 victory, but fell 30-24 in game four.
In game three the Lady Bisons held a 29-27 edge, but let UAB come back to take a 30-29 advantage. The Lady Bisons, behind the serving of Jessica Enderle, scored three straight points to ice the victory.
"We really showed a lot of character to come back and win like that," Rosenthal said. "The tough serves put the pressure on UAB. Jess Enderle had a great game. A lot of the load is being put on her right now. We didn't expect her to be t he go-to person, but she has really stepped up>"
The Lady Bisons led the fourth game early. With the score knotted at 21-21 UAB started a push. Rosenthal called a timeout with UAB up 23-21.
"That was a hard-fought game," Rosenthal said. "We had some passing errors toward the end that really affected us. It was just a matter of a couple of points here and there."
This was the second time the Lady Bisons have taken a match to four games. They lost to Austin Peay 3-1 on the road in the season opener.
"They were playing whole games instead of just a couple of points," Rosenthal said. `The freshmen are to be commended on their efforts, but at the same time they are making freshmen mistakes. That is understandable. It is a matter of how fast we can make changes."
Another bright spot was serving, with the Lady Bisons recording seven service aces with two each by Samantha Sullivan and Mullins.
"I always thought serving was going to be one of our strong points, and it is starting to show," Rosenthal said.
All three teams had weekend plans altered by Hurricane Katrina Stetson and UAB had been scheduled to play in the University of South Alabama Tournament. The Lady Bisons had planned to participate in the New Orleans Tournament.
The Lady Bisons, 0-3, play Samford at 10 a.m. Saturday. Samford was also scheduled to be part of the New Orleans Tournament.