Coach Brandon Rosenthal predicted that the Billiken Invitational would be the toughest tournament of the preconference portion of the season for his Lipscomb Lady Bisons.
Unfortunately for the Lady Bisons Rosenthal was correct. Saturday afternoon the Lady Bisons lost 3-1 to Marshall. It was the third match loss of the tournament for the Lady Bisons who fell 3-1 to host St. Louis Friday and 3-0 to Western Kentucky Saturday.
“We didn’t come to play,” Rosenthal said. “We didn’t play our brand of volleyball.
“They were three good teams. At the end of the season maybe we will look at this as just being an off weekend. We can’t panic. We have to get back to Lipscomb volleyball, doing the little things that make us so good and being more disciplined. We will be better.”
The Lady Bisons won set one 25-15 and lost set two 25-19. They fell 25-22 in set three and 25-18 in set four.
“We have to get back in the gym and practice,” Rosenthal said. “We have to find our way. We have to have more fight.
“We have had a great year up to this point beating quality opponents. At the end of the day this is our doing. We have to understand that we have to take the good with the bad.”
It was the third match loss in a row for the Lady Bisons who lost 3-1 to St. Louis, the tournament host, and 3-0 to Western Kentucky. It marked the first time since Sept. 5 and 6 of 2008 that the Lady Bisons have lost three matches in a row. In that stretch they dropped matches to Middle Tennessee State, Loyola-Marymount and Florida International in the MTSU Tournament.
Freshman Claire Peterson was named to the All-Tournament team. Rosenthal called her one of the few bright spots in the weekend.
“Claire was tremendous,” Rosenthal said. “We are extremely proud of her and what she did. She is a bright spot for our future.
“It was not only what she did, but how she did it. That was the best part about it. She has really worked hard in practice. She deserves every bit of it. When Claire was in a game this weekend she was doing everything possible to get a stop, a kill or a dig regardless of the score. That is the mark of her character.”
Middle blocker Alex Kelly led the Lady Bisons with 12 kills and 10 digs. Outside hitter Meghan Hinemeyer made 11 kills and added a match-high 18 digs. Outside hitter Kaycee Green had 10 kills.
Stephanie Rex was credited with 14 digs and Caitlin Dotson added 11.
Setter Stefine “Jake” Pease made 44 assists.
The Lady Bisons, 9-5, will travel to Austin Peay in Clarksville Tuesday night at 7. It will be the last match before the Lady Bisons start Atlantic Sun Conference play.
“It hurts right now, but we are going to learn from this,” Rosenthal said. “This is the worst it has been over the past couple of years, but this is something we are going to learn from.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.