Wednesday night at 6 the Lady Bisons will be on the road to play Louisville from the Big East Conference. Louisville. 11-5, 6-1, is fresh from a 3-2 upset win over No. 21-ranked Cincinnati Saturday. Louisville has won its last five matches. The Lady Bisons, 16-5, 5-0, beat Campbell 3-1 Saturday, the seventh straight match win.
This is the first time the two schools have met to play a volleyball match. Louisville will visit Nashville next season.
“We’ve always thought that playing tough competition is the way to go,” Lady Bisons coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “This is an opportunity for us to play somebody new. Louisville has a great program.”
“Louisville is a team we have wanted to get on the schedule for obvious reasons _ the proximity and the recruiting base.”
Rosenthal also wanted to schedule a team during the week since the Lady Bisons are off this weekend, which is also fall break for Lipscomb. They only played the one match last week.
“It was going to be essentially two weeks between matches if we did not have this match,” Rosenthal said. “That would have been too long.
“They will be off for fall break, which is the first time that has happened in the eight years since I’ve been head coach. I don’t think we had it the two years before that. They will be off from Thursday after classes through Sunday.”
Defensive specialist-setter Caitlin “Dot” Dotson and middle blocker Sarah Ulinski are from Louisville. Middle blocker Katie Rose is from Lexington.
Dotson and Ulinksi played in club volleyball with outside hitter Emily Juhl and libero-defensive specialist Caitlin Welch. Dotson and Welch are both from Sacred Heart Academy. Middle hitter Gwen Rucker played at Henry Clay High School, a rival for Rose’s Paul L. Dunbar High School.
“I think the girls are excited to play this match,” Rosenthal said. “We should have a great crowd.
“It should be good match. Louisville is coming off a huge win.”
The Lady Bisons will return to conference action Oct. 20 and Oct. 30 at home at Allen Arena with visits from North Florida and Jacksonville. They have five regular season conference games left.
“Our last five matches are obviously very big going into the conference tournament,” Rosenthal said. “We have had two days of rest here and there, but hopefully they will come back rejuvenated.
“We sit at the top now, but that could easily change, especially with Kennesaw State and ETSU right behind us.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.