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Friday, October 16, 2009The Atlantic Sun web site reported that the Lady Bisons had lost at Kennesaw State Friday night.
Lady Bisons coach Brandon Rosenthal got more than few phone calls from conference coaches wanting to know more.
“I heard from a couple of coaches that everyone was texting about it,” said Rosenthal. “You can tell everybody is kind of watching us.
“It gets tougher and tougher with each match. There is more pressure. The girls have answered the bell.”
What they found out was the Lady Bisons swept Kennesaw State at the Convocation Center in Kennesaw, Ga., Friday night with set scores of 25-23, 25-12 and 25-17.
“I don’t think Kennesaw State had a lead the whole match,” said Rosenthal. “In the first set we got out to a four or five point lead and let them back into the set. The girls did a nice job of finishing the set and in sets two and three we really jumped out to a lead and never looked back.”
It was the 12th straight Atlantic Sun match win and the 14th consecutive match win overall for the Lady Bisons.
“I thought defensively we did a really nice job,” said Rosenthal. “I think we really put the pressure on them and kind of frustrated them.
“The girls did a nice job of playing disciplined defense. There were a lot of plays where we were everywhere the ball was.”
Junior outside hitter Meghan Hinemeyer led the Lady Bisons with 14 kills. She also posted a .444 hitting percentage.
Freshman outside hitter Kaycee Green added 13 kills.
“Meghan really mixed it up well for us,” said Rosenthal. “Kaycee had a point in the second set where she kind of got blocked. She got frustrated. I challenged her to take her game to another level. She finished set two with four or five kills. I was pleased with how she responded to that and carried over to set three. It was the Kaycee Green show at the end.”
Junior middle hitter Alex Kelly posted a double-double with 11 kills and 10 digs.
Sophomore libero Katie Rose posted 19 digs, her second season high in a row.
“Katie is taking more control of the back row and that is awesome,” said Rosenthal. “She is playing with a ton of confidence and the other players can tell.
“She is communicating a little bit more. She is taking more control of the ball. Instead of letting someone else take it she is jumping out there and doing it.”
The Lady Bisons are 17-3 overall, 12-0 in the conference. Kennesaw State slipped to 10-9, 5-7 in the A-Sun.
The Lady Bisons are in Macon, Ga., to face Mercer Saturday afternoon at 2. Mercer swept Belmont 3-0 Friday to raise its record to 6-14, 4-8 in the A-Sun.
“Mercer beat Belmont so they are probably playing pretty good volleyball right now,” said Rosenthal. “I expect it to be a good battle.”