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Friday, November 14, 2008
A victorious season for the Lady Bisons continued on Friday in Allen Arena.
In a quick three sets, the Lady Bisons defeated the Kennesaw State Owls, increasing their ranking to 19-10 overall, and 16-3 in the Atlantic Sun. The three set scores were 25-11, 25-23, and 25-16.
“For us it was a key win that secured us the number one seed. It is something that is helpful more this year than any year, said Head Coach Brandon Rosenthal.
Rosenthal is proud to have seen his team grow from the ground up.
“Six years ago, it was at the ground floor. Now we’re working from the ground up, said Rosenthal.
“It’s a lot of fun to hit milestones we’ve never hit before. It’s just real exciting and I’m proud of the girls.”
“Wild card” of the team, Erin Pierce had a great night. Pierce led the Lady Bisons against Kennesaw in 14 digs. Pierce also had 3 kills for the evening.
“Erin is kind of one of those x-factors. When she plays well and does the little things, it makes it so much easier for our team, said Rosenthal.
“Erin’s hitting percentage wasn’t where she wanted it to be, but she really picked it up in a lot of different errors. She continues to work hard everyday and it shows in the way she plays.”
Sophomore Alex Kelly has been a dominant player for the Lady Bisons this season, earning three player of the week awards this season.
Kelly had a scare on the first play of the game, tweaking her ankle, but quickly returned after being replaced by Kelsey Neumann.
Kelly was named the Collegiate Volleyball Update for the week of November 3rd-9th. She leads the Atlantic Sun in kills and kills per set with 446 kills, an average of 4.05 per set.
Kelly led the Lady Bisons in kills against Kennesaw; with 14 total. Katie Rose followed behind her with 13 total.
“We had a little scare with Alex Kelly in the first play; tweaking her ankle. I think she’ll be alright. Katie Rose had a fantastic night. We’ve been working very hard with her,” said Rosenthal.
The Lady Bisons are looking forward to earning their second consecutive Atlantic Sun Championship in just a week.
“In years past there has been a week in between the final regular season match and the tournament. This year, we go straight into the tournament next week,” said Rosenthal.
The Lady Bisons will play their final regular season game Saturday against Mercer. It will be Senior Day; and the Lady Bisons will be honoring Senior libero/defensive specialist, Jessica Turner.
This story was written by Caroline Price, a student assistant in the athletics media relations department.