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Kennesaw State (12-14, 7-3 A-SUN)
Lipscomb (17-8, 10-1 A-SUN)
11/4/2011 | Nashville, TN | Attendance: 333
Friday, November 04, 2011
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb Lady Bisons held volleyball’s version of a “hit parade”.
Friday night against Kennesaw State at Allen Arena, the Lady Bisons had hitting percentages of .400 or more in each set to finish at .419 for the match en route to sweeping the Owls 3-0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-13). Four players finished the match over .400 in hitting percentage.
“This was a great example of what can happen when we do things the way we can,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “This was one of those nights when the girls were well-prepared. More than anything they believed in each other and in the game plan. Our girls were loose and that was by design.
“A lot of what you see offensively is dictated by our defense. We had 43 digs which is tremendous in a three-set match.”
With the win the Lady Bisons, 10-1 in the Atlantic Sun Conference, 17-8 overall, have earned a first round bye in the tournament. The Lady Bisons go on the road Friday night at ETSU in Johnson City and Saturday afternoon at USC Upstate in Spartanburg.
“The bigger issue for us is getting back to the way we know how to play,” Rosenthal said. “In the last two matches (Belmont and Tennessee State) the other teams played well and a lot of that had to do with us not being able to execute and be the aggressor.
“I would be lying if I didn’t say the last couple of weeks were a little bit frustrating. We knew what was happening and we had to address it. Attention to detail really comes into play.”
Wins next weekend would seal the Lady Bisons third-straight regular season championship, but no one is talking about that.
“All the stuff about championships will take care of itself,” Rosenthal said. “We have not addressed it.
“We definitely have talked about working hard to be in control and not have to look over shoulders. Our goal is the same every day. We want to go out and win.”
Setter Abby Fay, middle blocker Katie Rose and opposite Charlyn Ursell were honored as part of “Senior Night”. It will not be their last match in Allen Arena since the A-Sun Tournament will be held here Nov. 17-19.
Outside hitter Lauren Ford led the way for the Lady Bisons with 11 kills and a .478 hitting percentage. Fay recorded 32 assists and a .455 hitting percentage with five kills and six digs. Rose made 10 kills and finished with a .500 hitting percentage. Outside hitter Kaycee Green posted 10 kills and a .429 hitting percentage.
Kennesaw State was led by middle blocker Justine Young with a match high 14 kills. Alyssa Lang was credited with 10 digs. Kennesaw State slipped to 7-4 in the conference, 12-14 overall.
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.