Sept. 14, 2006
The Lady Bisons are in the land where competitive volleyball got its start.
"Anytime you go to the birthplace of sport it is going to be different," said Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal. "There is no doubt that volleyball is huge in California, but over the last couple of years that there are more and more places that are bringing their levels up to the California standard."
Friday at 5:30 p.m. the Lady Bisons face host Cal State-Fullerton in the Fullerton Classic. Saturday they play San Diego State at 1 p.m. and Penn at 4:30.
"This is going to be a good opportunity to play three teams we wouldn't normally play," said Rosenthal. "The atmosphere in California should be a lot of fun.
"Some of these players haven't been out to California. It is something they have looked forward to and so have I. We are going to see some tough competition. We will have to perform extremely well to come out with some victories."
Three Lady Bisons _ Samantha Sullivan, Jessica Enderle and Cara Wilber _ are from California. Fullerton is located near Anaheim. The location will give their parents a chance to see them play in person.
Rosenthal expects competitive games as his players get a taste of the California brand of volleyball.
"The players on Cal State-Fullerton and San Diego State aren't any better than other player," said Rosenthal. "They have just been around the sport a lot longer. When you look at their rosters there is quite a bit of experience both the indoors and outdoors on the beach, but I don't know how that translates into wins and losses."
"The outside position is one place where we need to get more production," said Rosenthal. "We have been very up front and clear about that. They have the capability. It is just a matter of eliminating our errors."
One of the players moving into the forefront is outside hitter Ashley Cox who is back on the court after missing about 18 months due to an injury. She has led or tied for the lead twice this season.
"Ashley's skills are coming back," said Rosenthal. "Everyday in practice she gets better and better. I would imagine that in another month Ashley will be playing some good volleyball. It takes long time to get back into the swing of things."