|September 24, 2011||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
REX - 1
STOUT - 1
FORD - 1
BEAN - 3
KENNESAW, Ga. – Falling behind in all three sets on Saturday afternoon in Kennesaw Ga., the Lipscomb volleyball team dug deep and found the will to rally and came back to sweep homestanding Atlantic Sun foe Kennesaw State 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-21).
A day after opening the 2011 A-Sun slate with a sweep over Mercer, the Lady Bisons found themselves behind in all three sets as Kennesaw State managed to reach the 20-point mark first in all three. Lipscomb however turned the defense up a notch each time and outscored the Owls 23-4 down the stretch in the three sets.
“When you put a stat up like that, it’s impressive with a young team and I’m excited to see that,” said Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal. “ I think we went through it early in the season learning how to win and take care of business. It’s neat to know that the tough competition and hard work really paid off.”
“This was a great win regardless of home or away. I think it shows something about our character and what we’re all about.”
The Lady Bisons (7-6, 2-0 A-Sun) finished with three players in double figures led by junior Kaycee Green, who notched 18 kills to go alongside a .333 hitting percentage. Freshman Lauren Ford added a baker’s dozen kills while hitting .400 on the afternoon. Senior Katie Rose also finished the afternoon in double figures with a 10-kill effort. Justine Young led the way for the Owls (5-12, 0-2 A-Sun) with a 15-kill day on the court.
“Caitlin Dotson played a tremendous match,” said Rosenthal “We’re working her in in different places and she did a phenomenal job with that and did a great job of setting. It was neat to see her step in and do things we’ve been working on that since the beginning of school. Sophie Kellerman was key as well. every big run we had came off her serve it seemed. We were limited on subs and couldn’t player herthe whole match but she sparked us in all three sets.”
Just like in Friday night’s win over Mercer, the Lipscomb defense was on top of their game most of the afternoon holding Kennesaw State to a .168. The offense on the other hand got the job done with a .291 hitting effort. The win pushes Lipscomb’s conference unbeaten streak to 37 games, the longest in the NCAA Division I volleyball. The Lady Bisons have also won 11 straight sets going back to the Sept. 11th contest against Portland.
The Lady Bisons step outside of A-Sun action on Tuesday night with a 7 p.m. contest at Evansville in Evansville, Ind.