|September 28, 2012||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
STRACHAN - 1
KENNESAW, Ga. - Any win on the road is a good one. A sweep on the road is even better.
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons did just that with a 3-0 match win over Kennesaw State at the KSU Convocation Center Friday night. It was the fourth straight win for the Lady Bisons and their second on the road in Atlantic Sun Conference play.
The Lady Bisons are 7-8 overall, 4-0 in the conference. Kennesaw State slipped to 12-6, 2-2 in the A-Sun.
"Ultimately, you have to find a way to win on the road," Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal said. "I'm really proud we were able to do that."
In the first set the Lady Bisons started slow with the scored tied at 11. LU then went on a 6-1 run at 17-12 and ended the set strong finishing with a 25-16 advantage.
The second set was extremely close with the score tied seven times. With the score even at 18, the Lady Bisons rallied to outscore Kennesaw State 7-4 from that point on to seal a 25-22 win.
It was more of the same in the third set. The Lady Bisons were forced to overcome a slow start before finally taking the lead for the first time at 10-9. The Lady Bisons would never trail again, but had to fight off a late rally by Kennesaw State for a 25-23 victory.
"In the first two sets I think we had a pretty good handle on it," Rosenthal said. "But in the last set Kennesaw State created some pressure.
"I go back to the idea that we have to make plays. We can't hope for plays to happen."
Outside hitter Kaycee Green made a match-high 15 kills and also posted a .429 hitting percentage. Middle blocker Jewell Dobson added 11 kills.
"I thought Kaycee had a really good match," Rosenthal said. "She was totally under control."
Lipscomb outside hitter Lauren Ford, who entered the match ranked second in the A-Sun in kills per set with 3.84, finished with eight in three sets.
"I don't think either Jewell or Lauren would say that this was their best match," Rosenthal said. "But that is why it is a team sport.
"We talked about this before the match. The quote I used was that `we give each other strength'. The idea is that collectively, as a whole, we have to continue to push each other. If Lauren doesn't have her best match then somebody else has to pick it up."
Libero Stephanie Rex was the only Lipscomb player in double figures in digs with 11.
Baylee Strachan paced Kennesaw State with 11 kills. Turea Jones made a match-high 12 digs and Camille Pedraza chipped in with 10.
The Lady Bisons were surprised before the match when several members of "The Stampede" student booster club made a raucous entrance into the Convocation Center. The Lady Bisons came over and saluted them after the win.
"That was absolutely amazing," Rosenthal said. "They got here probably about 15 or 20 minutes before match time. It was great to hear them come through the door. I can't say enough about all of them getting on the van and coming down here.
"Being on the road and knowing that you have a group of people that have your back is a cool thing, too. From the very first serve they made it happen. That meant the world to our girls and made a huge difference. I am going to do everything I can do to support the Stampede and move it forward."
The Lady Bisons continue their trip through Georgia Saturday with a 1 p.m. match against Mercer in Macon. Rosenthal expects another rugged match.
"Mercer is going to be tough," Rosenthal said. "They have some girls on their team from the Nashville area that are familiar with our girls.
"But more so than anything I think there is a rivalry between us. There always has been, and I think it always will be, a rivalry. They play in a smaller gym with people right on top of you. I think that the environment that they have created is really tough. A lot of it will be a matter of how well we handle it."
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.