Sept. 4, 2007
Errors are expected but are never welcomed by coaches.
Such was the case Tuesday night as the Lipscomb Lady Bisons fell 3-1 to Ohio Valley Conference foe Tennessee Tech at Allen Arena. Tennessee Tech won 30-25, 30-27 and 30-27. The Lady Bisons won game two by a score of 30-26.
"We were closely-matched teams," said Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal. "In a close match like this momentum is huge. A team can take a two-point swing and run with it and suddenly it is four. We played well in spurts, but we just didn't put it all together."
No team managed to lead by more than four points in any game except Tennessee Tech at the end of game one.
"We made 31 attack errors and Tennessee Tech made 14," said Rosenthal. "We also made 15 service errors.
"Errors were the difference. We knew Tennessee Tech was not going to make a lot of errors. We made silly errors at the wrong time. Sometimes ther are just games where stuff like this happens."
Junior outside hitter Sarah Snider made a match-high 32 kills for the Lady Bisons. She also finished with 12 digs, her second match in a row with a double-double.
"I thought Sarah was tremendous in attacking," Rosenthal said. "We had other players who were struggling and we had to go out there to her. She set up her game on offense and also played well on defense as well."
Lady Bisons senior libero Ann Mullins was credited with a match-high 26 digs, Also in double figures in digs were freshman setter Stefine "Jake" Pease with 15; senior defensive specialist Grace Gilmore with 14 and junior defensive specialist Jessica Turner with 10.
Leah Meffert led Tennessee Tech with both 24 kills and 22 digs. Also in double figures in kills were Amanda Lindgren with 17 and Caitlin Bullock with 11.
"Meffert was the difference-maker for Tennessee Tech," Rosenthal said. "I also have to give credit to Tennessee Tech's defense."
Katie Kenline added 21 digs for Tennessee Tech followed by Teresa Craig with 12, Kappy Lang with 11 and Lindgren with 10.
The Lady Bisons are 1-5. Tennessee Tech is 3-4.
The Lady Bisons travel to Fort Wayne, Ind., Friday and Saturday to play in a tournament at IPFW.
"We have addressed errors since day one," Rosenthal said. "This is something that we will address in practice Wednesday and the rest of the season.
"We have some younger players on the court playing crucial roles. Hopefully, over the next couple of weeks we will learn from this experience and build for the future."