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Sunday, November 22, 2009The Lipscomb Lady Bisons, the Atlantic Sun tournament and regular season champions, are taking some time off.
Coach Brandon Rosenthal has sent them home for the next four days to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with their families. The players will regroup in Nashville Friday to start the next phase of the season – preparation for the Lady Bisons second NCAA Tournament appearance.
All students at Lipscomb are off this week for the Thanksgiving break.
“I think it is important,” said Rosenthal. “The Thanksgiving holiday is about family and that is what we are all about.
“It is a well-deserved break for them. Friday afternoon we will practice and then we will have our own Thanksgiving dinner as a team.”
The Lady Bisons will find out Sunday, Nov. 29, who their opponent will be in the first round. Lipscomb will host an NCAA Tournament Selection Show party in Shamblin Theater in the Bennett Campus Center starting at 1:30. Fans are invited to join Rosenthal and the Lady Bisons as they find out where they will be playing and who they will face. The volleyball selection show will begin at 2 on ESPN News.
“We want to invite everybody out for this party,” said Rosenthal. “We have had so much support over the past year from families and friends to administrators and people who are part of Lipscomb.”
This is the second time in three seasons that the Lady Bisons have won the Atlantic Sun Tournament title. They are the only program at Lipscomb to win two tournament championships. They are also the first program at Lipscomb to win both the regular season championship and the tournament championship since moving to NCAA Division I.
Taking some time off might not be all that easy for the Lady Bisons.
“We all love to play,” said junior setter Stefine “Jake” Pease, the Atlantic Sun Tournament Most Valuable Player for the second time in three years. “We love to go to practice. We go to school, but we all want to be at practice every day.
“We are all in this together. We all have the same mindset. I think that is the difference between this year and other years. We are one team.”
Rosenthal admits that having players so willing to work hard makes his job much easier.
“It is a coach’s dream,” said Rosenthal. “Don’t get me wrong. We have bad practices. But out of 10 practices I would say nine of them are great. And when I say great I mean we are really getting stuff done.
“The season gets long. Time after time they just come ready to practice. They work and work and work.
“They deserve all of the praise. They are the hardest working players around.”
By Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations