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Lady Bisons beat Tennessee Tech 3-1

Friday, October 28, 2005

Oct. 28, 2005

Box Score

It's always nice to win, but it is even nicer to beat someone twice in the same season.

Such was the case for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons volleyball team which beat visiting Tennessee Tech University 3-1 Friday night at Allen Arena. The Lady Bisons also beat Tennessee Tech 3-1 Sept.17 at the Evansville Tournament in Evansville, Ind.

The Lady Bisons won game one 30-22, but fell 30-15 in game two. They came back to dominate the last two games winning 30-19 in game three and 30-18 in game four.

"We talked between games two and three about how hard we had worked," said Lipscomb Coach Brandon Rosenthal. "Letting a team back in after we have a lead is not a route we want to be taking. Our players responded in games three and four."

The Lady Bisons led from the start in game one, posting leads of seven points on several occasions. The final score was the biggest lead.

In game two the Lady Bisons quickly found themselves down 9-1. They never challenged. The closest they were able to get to Tennessee Tech was seven points at 21-14.

"We struggled at points, mostly in the second game," Rosenthal said.

Game three started out close with Tennessee Tech trailing by two points at 8-6. That was as close as Tennessee Tech would get. The Lady Bisons scored four straight points to take a 12-6 lead and continued to build on their lead.

In game four it was more of the same for the Lady Bisons who took control quickly. The biggest lead for the Lady Bisons was 15 points at 25-11.

"I'm very proud of the way we responded," Rosenthal said. "We were able to play everybody and not just for a couple of minutes or a couple of points.

"Erin Pierce, one of our freshman, showed everybody what she can do. She has really developed well. Betsy Steele also showed here ability. And Kelly Houff, who has been here four years, also played well. I'm proud of Kelly."

Rosenthal credited the team's serving as one of the main reasons for their win. Led by Alex Scruggs with five aces, the Lady Bisons finished with 14.

"Our serving was great," Rosenthal said. "We put a lot of pressure on them service-wise."

Scruggs finished with 11 kills and posted a .429 hitting percentage. Cara Wilber added a match-high 17 digs. Lindsey Rutherford had a double-double with 14 kills and 15 digs.

"Alex got off to a slow start in game one, but she did a great job," Rosenthal said.

Ann Mullins recorded a match-high 26 digs.

"It's great to know you can count on a player for 26 to 30 digs a night," Rosenthal said.

Tennessee Tech did not have a player in double figures in kills, but had three players with nine. Laura Tyburski led the team with 13 digs. Veronica Whittington and Nancy Meyer each made 10 digs.

The Lady Bisons are 11-16 overall, an all-time record for victories. Tennessee Tech fell to 6-18.

The Lady Bisons play their last home game of the season Tuesday night at 7 against Tennessee State University. This is a rematch. TSU prevailed 3-2 Sept. 20.