Oct. 7, 2006
It is hard to be proud of a loss, but Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal couldn't find many faults with the way his team played against arch-rival Belmont.
The Lady Bisons fell 30-26, 30-26 and 30-25 to Belmont Saturday evening at Allen Arena in Atlantic Sun competition.
"I thought we played extremely well," said Rosenthal. "I thought we executed our game plan well. This is by far the best we have played Belmont since I have been here. We gave a great effort.
"I wanted to play an aggressive match. I felt like that was the way to play against Belmont. I don't think I would change our game plan. They showed why they are the top team in the conference.
Cara Wilber recorded her fourth consecutive double-double for the Lady Bisons with a team-leading 12 kills and 12 digs and a .290 hitting percentage. Ashley Cox added 10 kills and posted a .308 hitting percentage.
Lipscomb libero Ann Mullins added a team-leading 14 digs.
Erin Janson and Katie Tobiasz each had 12 kills for Belmont. Jaye Shuler finished with 11. Ashley Collier finished with a match-high 22 digs.
Belmont recorded a .269 hitting percentage. The Lady Bisons finished with a .205 hitting percentage.
"This was a great example of two teams playing at a high level," said Rosenthal. "I hate to be on the short end of it, but it was a good battle and a great match."
Rosenthal watched as his team played Belmont tough until each game reached the mid-20s in points before falling behind at the end.
"We didn't make too many mistakes throughout the match," said Rosenthal. "We did a great job of limiting our errors. Our mistakes were in those last 10 points each game. We were a little bit off blocking-wise. . Their players in the middle were able to get ahead of us a little bit.
"I think with the well-balanced attack that Belmont has we were spread a little thin. We probably gambled a couple of times and came up short. And we didn't capitalize on some of their mistakes."
The Lady Bisons, who return to action at Allen Arena Tuesday at 6 p.m. in a non-conference match with Tennessee-Chattanooga, are 6-12 overall, 2-1 in the A-Sun. Belmont is 14-2, 3-0 in the conference.
"We played a real bad match against them last year," said Rosenthal. "Our players have a bad taste about that match. "