|September 11, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
ESTES - 1
ANDERSON - 1
SPITZNAGLE - 2
OMAHA, Neb. – If you don’t have anything good to say sometimes it is best not to say anything.
Such was the case for Lipscomb volleyball coach Brandon Rosenthal after watching his team fall 3-0 to host Creighton Friday night in the Bluejay Invitational at D.J. Sokol Arena.
“I don’t think I have ever walked out of a locker room that fast after a game,” Rosenthal said. “There was not a whole lot to say.
“I am at a loss for words about the way we played and the style we played. A lot of it probably has to come from the girls. We will talk later and maybe they will work through some answers themselves.”
In the first set Lipscomb fell 25-19 followed by a 25-8 loss in set two and a 25-18 setback in set three.
“We started slow in the first set, but we fought back,” Rosenthal said. “I thought for all intents and purposes we did an O.K. job in the first set minus the mental errors.
“As we switched over to the second set we wanted to jump out earlier and add pressure earlier. It never happened. This is not a match in my 14 years as a coach that I am real proud of.”
“It was a bit surprising to see the lack of fight from us,” Rosenthal said. “We have accustomed to a group that is gritty and ready to fight.
It wasn’t so much the scores of the matches as the way the Lady Bisons performed in the three sets.
“Creighton did a nice job of applying pressure early and often,” Rosenthal said. “It is not the effort or the style of play we have all become accustomed to and that we expect.
“It is on me, the rest of the coaching staff and the team itself. Saturday morning can’t come soon enough as far as I am concerned.”
Middle blocker Jewell Dobson made seven kills and right side Brittnay Estes added six.
Libero Brittany Thomas led Lipscomb with a match-high 11 digs.
Creighton outside hitter Jaali Winters made a match-high 10 kills.
“It was a bit surprising to see the lack of fight from us,” Rosenthal said. “We have become accustomed to a group that is gritty and ready to fight.
Lipscomb is 5-2 for the season. Creighton is 3-4.
“We have to get back to our style,” Rosenthal said. “In the next 15 hours that is what we have to do. I think that is what makes us successful. Hopefully, it is a wakeup call.
“We’ve gotten into some matches where teams are fighting back pretty hard. It is still early in the season. We have to find a way to overcome some of that.”
- After starting the season 5-0 the Lady Bisons have lost their last two matches in straight sets.
- Thomas has 103 digs for the season.
- The Lady Bisons are 2-2 all-time with Creighton, having lost the last two matches.
The Lady Bisons have an early wake-up call Saturday as they face Pacific at 10 a.m. followed by CSU Bakersfield at 5:30 p.m.
Pacific, 6-1, swept CSU Bakersfield to open the tournament Friday.
“We are facing another good team,” Rosenthal said. “I look at it as an awesome opportunity to get our girls prepared.
“The Creighton match is done. Pacific is on our mind now.”