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Friday, September 17, 2010Lipscomb Lady Bisons coach Brandon Rosenthal hesitated for a moment and then made a statement rarely heard when describing his team.
“I thought we got beat at our own game,” Rosenthal said. “I would hate to say St. Louis wanted it more, but they out worked us. And that doesn’t happen often to us.”
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons fell 3-1 to host St. Louis Friday night in the Billiken Invitational.
The Lady Bisons lost set one 25-19. They won set two 25-16 and then dropped set three 25-18. The fourth set was the closest of the match with the Lady Bisons falling 27-25.
“We never could really find that rhythm. At times I told the girls we looked like a bunch of individuals out there instead of a group or a team,
In set four the Lady Bisons trailed 24-18 before coming back to tie the set at 24-24.
“It’s nice to think what could have been, but when you come from behind like that you need to finish it,” Rosenthal said. “When things aren’t going right, or when there is play here or play there that doesn’t go our way, we have to get back to the basics. At the end of the day we didn’t execute the little things and that caught up to us.”
The loss marked the first time in four tournaments this season that the Lady Bisons have lost to the host team. The loss also ended a seven-match winning streak as the Lady Bisons slipped to 9-3. The Billikens are 4-6, but have won 22 straight matches on their home court.
“This is the type of team I knew was capable of doing this,” Rosenthal said. “We didn’t push back as hard as they pushed us. That is a credit to St. Louis. That is something we have to learn from.”
Saturday the Lady Bisons will face Western Kentucky, 8-4, at noon followed by Marshall, 5-5, at 4:30.
“This weekend everyone is a little tired,” Rosenthal said. “When they blow that whistle we have to go. I truly expect battles with both of those teams.
“Western lost in five after being down 2-0. I’m sure they are ready to get back on the court. Marshall got a good win and will also play St. Louis. Marshall will want to build on its success.”
Rosenthal is confident that the Lady Bisons will rally and execute the game the way they have been trained.
“It is going to be a grind the rest of the way,” Rosenthal said. “We have to find that extra gear or score a couple of extra points to grab a lead and then build on it. If you want to come and see some gutsy volleyball this is where it is.”
Middle blocker Alex Kelly led with a match-high 19 kills and added 11 digs. She finished with a .349 hitting percentage. Outside hitter Kaycee Green had 12 kills.
Setter Stefine “Jake” Pease had 36 assists, but also posted a team-high 14 digs. Outside hitter Meghan Hinemeyer barely missed a double-double with 11 digs and nine kills.
“I wouldn’t say the St. Louis match was particularly pretty,” Rosenthal said. “We had a tough time getting into our offensive flow. That had something to do with our passing for most of the evening.”
By Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.