Oct. 10, 2006
The Lady Bisons volleyball players found themselves in an unusual situation.
They were coming off a loss to Atlantic Sun rival Belmont Saturday, preparing to face a non-conference opponent in Tennessee-Chattanooga Tuesday night at Lipscomb's Allen Arena. The Lady Bisons had played well against Belmont, but came up short.
"We had never been in that situation before where we had played a really good team tight and came up a little bit short," said Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal. "I thought this would be a true test to see what would happen after a good match that was a loss. I walked away very pleased from the Chattanooga match."
Rosenthal wondered how his team would react. It didn't take him long to get his answer. The Lady Bisons quickly took control of game one against UTC , twice opening up 16-point leads at 26-11 and 29-13 on the way to a 30-15 win.
In game two the Lady Bisons fell behind 8-2 and trailed 10-3 before rallying to score eight unanswered points to take an 11-10 lead. UTC would tie the game at 11-11 but they would never again have the lead as the Lady Bisons won 30-19.
The Lady Bisons closed out the match in three games, winning game three 30-21. Rosenthal thought the sweep was especially important for Catherine Johnson and Lindsey Rutherford who have been here for four years.
"We out-blocked them, out-served them and out-hit them," said Rosenthal. "For us to have the opportunity to control a match is gratifying for our players, especially the two that have been here four years. They work hard and have been through so much over the years. And we played some big teams this season and got dominated early."
Rosenthal likes to see a balanced attack and he got what he wanted against UTC. Four Lady Bisons finished in double figure in kills and three recorded double figures in digs.
"We had great balance," said Rosenthal. "I wish we had limited our errors. We hit in the .200 range and that was great. The one thing that stands out for me is that we held UTC to a negative seven in hitting. It says something about what we were doing. This is one of those matches where I thought we should come out and be aggressive and we were."
Rutherford was credited with a double-double with 10 kills and 11 digs.
"Alex always steps up against UTC," said Rosenthal, :They kind of recruited her at the last minute. They didn't have an answer for Alex."
Scruggs added three service aces and Turner served two aces.
"Jessica Turner played a phenomenal match," said Rosenthal. "She served tremendously. She had 17 digs. She passed well She did everything she needed to do.
"Ashley stepped up and had a great night as well. She is doing a great job. Lindsey, in typical fashion, made some plays and kept the rallies going."
Tennessee-Chattanooga was led Kelsey Amundson with 22 digs and Lara Newberry with 19. No members of the team finished in double figures in kills.
The Lady Bisons raised their record to 7-12. Tennessee-Chattanooga slipped to 7-12.-
The Lady Bisons return to A-Sun play Friday night at 7 against Campbell and play Gardner-Webb Saturday at 3 p.m. Both matches will be played in Allen Arena.