Aug. 29, 2006
The Lady Bisons volleyball team is setting a record with each new victory.
After opening the season with back-to-back wins for the first time in the history of the program they stretched the season-opening string to 3-0 for the first time ever with a 3-0 match win over Austin Peay Tuesday in Clarksville, Tenn. All three wins have been on the road.
"This is something we have been working towards," said Lipscomb Coach Brandon Rosenthal of the historic start. "This is something I thought we could do all along. You can see what happens with another year of experience for this team. This team has really meshed together."
The Lady Bisons won 30-27, 30-22 and 30-21. It was the fourth loss in as many outings for Austin Peay.
"We beat them in every aspect of the game...blocking, digs, aces and kills," said Rosenthal. "I'm very proud of our players. We put a challenge to them to put teams away. Now that we are in a position to do that it is important that take care of that opportunity."
"Ann is playing tremendous volleyball," said Rosenthal. "Averaging nine digs per game is hard to do."
Turner also led the Lady Bisons with a .417 hitting percentage.
"Jessica Turner played in place of Cara Wilber and did a great job," said Rosenthal. "She had no hitting errors and her .417 hitting percentage is her career high. And there is Catherine Johnson with seven kills on nine attempts with no errors and .778 hitting percentage."
The Lady Bisons made only one error in the first game of the match, and an all-time low 11 for the match. A costly error for the Lady Govs occurred late in the game when they served out of order, helping the Lady Bisons increase their lead from two-to-four points.
"We are capitalizing on other team's mistakes, and we are forcing other teams to make those mistakes," said Rosenthal. "We struggled a little bit in the first game, but we finally got our rhythm,."
The Lady Bisons used a pair of four-point runs in the second game to seal the win.
In game three both teams battled, with the game tied at 13-13. But runs of four and five points by the Lady Bisons sealed the outcome.
"That's what it is about," said Rosenthal. "They work hard."
The Lady Bisons travel to Manhattan, Kansas this weekend for the Kansas State Invitational this Friday and Saturday. They face host Kansas State on Friday at noon and then play Montana State at 5 p.m. Saturday they close out the tournament against Wichita State.
"To match yourself up against some of the top teams in the country is why you play Division I volleyball," said Rosenthal. "Wichita State and Kansas State are two of the top 30 programs in the country.
"Having played Tennessee and Texas set the bar for us. Each team we play is just another team. Obviously, Wichita State and Kansas State are tremendous teams with tremendous talent. But to this team it is about going to work and executing the game plan."