Sept. 13, 2005
As a one-time aspiring actor, Lipscomb volleyball coach Brandon Rosenthal knows all about scripts. And while Tuesday night's volleyball match at the University of Tennessee-Martin didn't follow his script he liked the ending, a 3-1 victory.
"It was not a pretty win," Rosenthal said. "I'm proud of the girls for fighting and getting the job done."
It was the second match victory of the season for the Lady Bisons who are 2-6, winning two of their last three matches. UT-Martin fell to 1-12.
The Lady Bisons started off losing the opener 30-17. They came back to take the second game by a score of 35-33, the most points scored in a game this season. The Lady Bisons won game three 30-27 and game four 30-26.
Game one was especially frustrating for the Lady Bisons.
"We had to make a run just to get 17 points," Rosenthal said.
In game two the Lady Bisons lost a 28-23 lead only to come back and win.
"We almost gave it away," Rosenthal said.
But the way the Lady Bisons maintained their poise after two games filled with frustrations is another indication for Rosenthal that this team has the right attitude.
"We don't win that match the previous two years," said Rosenthal. "These girls have a lot more fight and a lot more determination. Even when they are down five or 10 points they don't get rattled."
Lindsey Rutherford made 21 kills, a season and career high and her third straight match with double figures in kills.
"Lindsey is just coming into her own," Rosenthal said. "She is the most athletic girl on the team. I'm excited about the way she is playing."
"We talked a lot about making sure the team is doing everything it can even in losses," Rosenthal said. "This was definitely a team victory."