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Ursell adjusting to the freedom of Lady Bisons volleyball
Charlyn Ursell
Charlyn Ursell

Friday, October 15, 2010

With freedom comes great responsibility.

Lipscomb Lady Bisons volleyball coach Brandon Rosenthal has consistently been able to supplement his recruiting efforts with talented transfers. Three members of the 2010 team started their collegiate careers somewhere else. Outside hitter Meghan Hinemeyer made the move from Clemson. Opposite Charlyn Ursell chose to leave Arkansas State. Senior defensive specialist Elly Kaiser started out at Illinois State.

Ursell is the latest player to transfer. She started attending classes in the spring semester. Like most newcomers to the team she has needed time to completely wrap her mind around the idea that oftentimes she literally is calling her own shots on the court.

Heading into Saturday afternoon’s 2 p.m. Atlantic Sun match with Campbell Ursell is becoming one of the strongest players on the team operating as the opposite. The game with Campbell will be played at the Curb Center on the Belmont campus.

“At some programs they might be told to do this and this, but don’t worry about anything outside of that,’ Rosenthal said. “I want my players to play instead of looking over at me and expecting me to always tell them what to do.

“I think in the end it makes us a better team. I want the players to have that freedom and really understand our system. I think I give them enough information.”

Rosenthal is never surprised at the length of the adjustment period.

“Char came here in the spring and automatically you think spring is the time when they are going to get it,” Rosenthal said. “They get some of it, but they don’t get all of it. That’s the hard part of transitioning.

“I think Char is really just now starting to understand our brand of volleyball. Some might think that is kind of crazy, but you have to get into enough situations when you are playing other teams to understand what I am looking for.”

Ursell, 5-foot-11, is known for her powerful shot as well as for her quickness.

“Char jumps so well,” Rosenthal said. “She hits with a lot of power. The thing she is really good at is blocking. We are trying to give her some tips and keys to help her get better.

“It is a matter of how do we put that into our system. The hard part for her is instead of just hitting one set, which is what she has done in the past, we are giving her a little bit more to do.”

Riding the streak : The Lady Bisons have won 29 straight conference matches, the longest active streak in the nation. They have also won 22 consecutive home matches, fourth best in the country in NCAA Division I.

The Lady Bisons have won six straight matches with five of the six ending in 3-0 sweeps. They have swept 11 matches this season.

NCAA rankings : The Lady Bisons are rated 37th in NCAA Division I in kills per set (13.85). They are 39th nationally in both assists per set (12.93) and hitting percentage (.250).

Individually, setter Stefine “Jake” Pease is 15th nationally in assists per set with 11.43.

Middle blocker Alex Kelly is 16th in points per set (5.02) and 23rd in kills per set (4.3).

Conference leaders: As a team the Lady Bisons lead the A-Sun overall in hitting percentage (.250), opponent hitting percentage (.139), assists (12.93 per set), kills (13.84 per set) and digs (16.39).

Individually, Kelly is first overall in kills (4.30 per set) and points (5.02 per set). Pease leads in assists overall with 11.43 per set. Middle blocker Katie Rose is second in hitting percentage overall (.341) and Kelly is fourth (.321).

Outside hitter Kaycee Green is ninth in kills overall (2.73 per set). Kelly is seventh in kills (3.70 per set).

In conference matches only the Lady Bisons are first in hitting percentage (.269), opponent hitting percentage (.090), assists (13.31 per set) and kills (14.46 per set).

Ursell leads in hitting percentage (.535). Rose is third (.388) followed by Kelly in eighth (.307) and outside hitter Meghan Hinemeyer in 10th (.277).

Kelly leads in kills with 4.77 per set and points with 5.46 per set. Pease leads in assists with 11.92 per set. Kelly is 10th in digs with 4.0 per set.

Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.