The Lady Bisons won set one 25-13 and set two 25-12, but fell 25-22 in set three before winning set four 25-17 in Spartanburg, S.C..
“Some people might look at it and say, `of my gosh, they lost a set’, but it didn’t matter,” Rosenthal said. “We did what we came here to do. Every win is a good one. Road wins are even better.
“The truth of the matter is that Upstate played really well in the third set. We didn’t play exceptionally well so that just made it a little bit harder. They did a nice job and we lost the set.”
It was the 29th consecutive regular season conference win in a row for the Lady Bisons and their sixth win in a row overall this season. USC Upstate ended the Lady Bisons string of match sweeps at five in a row.
“We didn’t play bad in the third set statistically,” Rosenthal said. “We let them get on a little bit of a run early.
“I waited too long to call time out in that situation. We were up 3-0 and the next thing you know we are down 9-3. I wanted to see our players work their way out of it. We did a nice job of closing the gap, but it was too large of a gap.”
Middle blocker Alex Kelly posted 16 kills and 17 digs, both match highs.
I thought Alex played really well,” Rosenthal said. “I thought Jake Pease played phenomenal. She did a nice job of controlling the game.”
Outside hitter Meghan Hinemeyer made 14 kills and added 13 digs. Opposite Charlyn Ursell made 10 kills and .600 hitting percentage.
“Char has been fantastic,” Rosenthal said. “We needed that from her.
“Meghan didn’t have her best passing game, but she did a nice job.”
Also in double figures in digs for the Lady Bisons were defensive specialist Caitlin “Dot” Dotson with 14 and middle blocker Katie Rose with 11.
Mindy Quimby and Morgan Thomas each had 10 kills for USC Upstate.
Megan Healey made 16 digs.
“As a team we hit .315 and held them to .109,” Rosenthal said. “I will take those numbers any day of the week.”
The Lady Bisons are 15-5, 4-0 in the A-Sun. USC Upstate fell to 6-12, 1-3 in the conference.
The Lady Bisons will be back in action Oct. 16 against Campbell, a game that will be played at Belmont’s Curb Center.
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.