There were a lot of reasons to celebrate in Allen Arena today.
Along with it being senior day and honoring Erin Pierce, Amy Trykowski, and Kaley Mohr, the Lipscomb Volleyball team celebrated a 3-1 win over ETSU, giving them a perfect 20-0 conference record, making them the first team in Atlantic Sun history to ever go undefeated in double round robin play.
“The girls have worked hard all year,” said coach Brandon Rosenthal. “They took one match at a time, and had always had their sights set on this. But like we have said all year, this is just the beginning of the season.”
ETSU took Lipscomb into four sets, making it only the second time all year that the Lady Bisons dropped a set within a match.
Lispcomb held the advantage in the first two sets 25-15 and 25-18. ETSU won set three 25-15, despite a six point run the Lady Bisons used to tie the set 18-18. Lipscomb finally got their 20th straight conference 25-17 in the fourth set.
“In the third set, ETSU played well and we didn’t,” said Rosenthal. We didn’t really execute. We kind of got complacent in what we were trying to do. But these girls knew how to do it, it was just a matter of all the girls getting on the same page and it turned out well.”
Meghan Hinemeyer led the Lady Bisons with 14 kills, with Alex Kelly adding 12 and Kaycee Green with 11. Seniors Amy Trykowski led the Bisons with a .500 hitting percentage and senior Erin Pierce was 2nd with a .375 hitting percentage.
“The seniors did tremendous tonight,” said Rosenthal. “I thought Amy had a great match and Erin was her usual self, steady and got the job done. Kaley had some great serves in the first set.
“I can’t say enough about our seniors and what they have done for this program.”
Katie Rose contributed with 25 digs on the night. Jake Pease had 41 assists.
Lipscomb, now 20-0 and officially the best team in the conference, will travel to Ft. Myers, Fla. Wednesday morning to embark on another season goal: The conference tournament championship.
As the first seed, the Lady Bisons will have a bye in the first round and will look to start tournament play on Friday.
But as far as Rosenthal is concerned, nothing will be better than playing in Allen Arena in front of a home crowd.
“I can’t say enough about our crowd, all year long, they’ve been awesome. And as far as our fans, going out on a win for them, it’s a perfect way to end our home season.”