|October 25, 2011||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
DOBSON - 1
ROSE - 1
GREEN - 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Playing the fourth game in a seven-day span, Lipscomb came out of the gate flat and fell 3-1 (15-25, 29-27, 16-25, 24-26) to homestanding Belmont in an Atlantic Sun Conference match at the Curb Event Center in Nashville.
Things went south from the get go for the Lady Bisons (16-7, 9-1 A-Sun) as Belmont (17-8, 8-2 A-Sun) jumped out an 11-2 lead to start the contest. Lipscomb refused to give in however in the opening stanza and used an 8-2 run to cut the lead to three at 13-10. Belmont then went on a 12-5 run to close the set in which Lipscomb hit a season low -.029 thanks to a dozen errors.
“It’s tough, it’s tough losing,” said Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal. “Some of these girls haven’t lost in conference ever. It’s part of it. Part of what we have to be able to do is fight through tough times and we’ve done a great job of that all year. Give credit to Belmont. They came out and executed their gameplan and played really well.”
The second set was a battle from the start as the Lipscomb attack awoke. The Lady Bisons held a late 23-21 leads but a Belmont rally forced extra points with Lipscomb eventually taking the set 29-27.
“I have to give our girls credit for fighting through set two,” said Rosenthal.
Lipscomb’s offense again went stagnant in the third set. Trailing 4-3 in the set, Lipscomb committed four straight errors to push Belmont out to a 8-3 advantage and the Bruins would eventually take the frame 25-16.
Things looked like the Lady Bisons would push the game to a fifth set as Lipscomb led 23-21 in the stanza but a Belmont kill and an error pushed the score even at 23. A kill from Kaycee Green pushed things to a set point for Lipscomb but Belmont rattled off three unanswered points to seal the win.
“Game four is exactly what Belmont-Lipscomb is all about, a battle,” said Rosenthal. “I thought we were in a good spot and one too many errors down the stretch (cost us).
“It’s a loss and teams lose all the time. So it’s not necessarily one of those things that we’re going to have to reinvent ourselves. We didn’t bring the effort we needed to tonight. As I’ve always said when we deserve to win we will and tonight we didn’t deserve to win. Being at the top is tough.”
Freshman Lauren Ford led the Lady Bisons with 15 kills on the night. Senior Katie Rose, the reigning A-Sun Player of the Week, finished the night just behind Ford with 14 and collected a double-double with a dozen digs. Belmont’s Maggie Johnson led all players with 21 kills on the night. Lipscomb senior Abby Fay and sophomore Caitlin Dotson both finished with a double-double with both notching double digits in assists and digs. Sophomore Stephanie Rex had a match high 24 digs.
Belmont finished the match with a .215-.138 edge in hitting. The loss snaps a 14-game winning streak this season for Lipscomb and a 44-game Atlantic Sun winning streak that dated back to 2008 when the last conference opponent to beat Lipscomb was Belmont also at the Curb Event Center.
The Lady Bisons are idle this weekend before returning to action next Tuesday, Nov. 1 at Tennessee State.