That is what Lipscomb Lady Bisons coach Brandon Rosenthal is trying to develop.
“We played 97 percent of the match really well with no complaints,” Rosenthal said. “We have to figure out how to make that other three percent happen.”
The Lady Bisons, playing Louisville for the first time ever in volleyball, lost 25-23, 25-21 and 25-23 Wednesday night in front of 601 fans at Cardinal Arena. The Lady Bisons are 16-6 overall. Louisville, from the Big East, is 12-5.
“I was really pleased with the way we played,” Rosenthal said. “Ultimately, we have to find ways to beat teams like this. There is no reason for me to think that we can’t do this with this program right now.
“We made a couple of adjustments between sets two and three. There were two or three opportunities on defense where if we had done what we had drawn up we would have been all right.”
Rosenthal has talked since preseason about his Lady Bisons finding a way to pick up an additional two or three points in a match in order to move up another level in competition.
“When we play these good teams we have to be able to execute when the score is in the 20s,” Rosenthal said. “We didn’t do that. We left three or four good opportunities out there.”
The Lady Bisons led 22-18 in set one, but could not hold on for the win. In set two they fought back from an 8-2 deficit pulling within three points of the lead at 24-21. Set three was a one or two point struggle until the end.
“We went to their home to play,” Rosenthal said. “I was excited about the way we came out and really made a statement from the start. We just didn’t execute at the end on a couple of key points.
“It’s hard to pinpoint what we are not doing right. I think what it comes down to is executing the game plan at key points down the stretch.”
Middle blocker Alex Kelly and outside hitter Meghan Hinemeyer each had 11 kills for the Lady Bisons. Hinemeyer posted a .409 hitting percentage.
Louisville's Lola Arslanbekova finished with a match-high 14 kills. Caitlin Welch led with a match-high 14 digs.
“I thought all our girls did a great job of not letting up,” Rosenthal said. “We talked about leaving it all on the floor. We did a nice job of that.
“Our errors were from freshmen to seniors. It’s hard to pinpoint one area. I thought our seniors, Alex, Meg and Jake Pease, did a great job of getting everybody to believe they could do it.”
The Lady Bisons are taking four days off. They will be back on the court Monday to prepare for Atlantic Sun games with North Florida and Jacksonville Oct. 29 and Oct. 30 at Allen Arena.
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.