In Friday afternoon’s 3-0 win against Tulane Green led the way with a match-high 12 kills and a .333 hitting percentage.
“Kaycee has been willing to work hard offensively and defensively,” Lady Bisons coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “When she is willing to work hard offensively and defensively she can be one of the top players in the conference.
“When things slow down for her, and she doesn’t work as hard, she becomes an average player. We have been working hard since last year to get her to understand that.”
Green was a member of the Atlantic Sun All-Freshman Team last season.
“The game becomes very easy to her in some regards,” Rosenthal said. “At this level you have to work every day and for every point. I am real pleased with what she did in both the Purdue and Tulane matches.”
Earlier in the day the Lady Bisons had opened with a 3-0 loss to Purdue.
The Tulane win was the first match sweep of the season for the Lady Bisons, 3-2. Tulane fell to 0-4.
“We have to be able to take some of the lessons we have learned and move forward,” Rosenthal said. “We talked about the San Francisco win last week when we let them back in the match and had to go to four sets with them.
“We did some really nice stuff to put a lot of pressure on Tulane. They hit a negative .03. If we don’t learn from these tournaments we are missing the bigger picture.”
The Lady Bisons won the sets with Tulane by scores of 25-18, 25-18 and 25-13.
“I thought we did a great job,” Rosenthal said. “From the first point we had a lead and we really didn’t let up the whole time. We did a nice job serving. We were able to do a lot of things offensively. I thought most of it was because our defensive effort was really strong.
“Tulane is a quality program that went to the NCAA Tournament last year. They are a top 100 team.”
Middle blocker Alex Kelly added nine kills and 10 digs, a match high.
“Our numbers were pretty well distributed,” Rosenthal said. “I thought Alex played well. Even on days when she isn’t having her best offensive game she can bring so much to the table defensively.
“It is just another aspect of her game that sets her apart. Most of it is because of the passion she plays with.”
Lady Bisons’ setter Stefine “Jake” Pease had 27 assists and a .333 hitting percentage.
Izabela Grot led Tulane with 10 kills.
The Lady Bisons face tournament host Pitt Saturday at 10 a.m. to close out the trip.
“I expect a pretty hard-fought battle from Pitt,” Rosenthal said. “I think our teams are very similar.
“We both have strong play out of our middles. It is going to be one of those matches where the team that can limit errors and build on momentum is going to win. If we get a lead we can’t let Pitt back in.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.