Thursday, October 06, 2011
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- All of the puzzle pieces for a drama were there on the Allen Arena floor: two teams unbeaten in the Atlantic Sun Conference, an intense rivalry and a conference win streak on the line.
Thursday night at Allen Arena the first meeting of the season between the Lipscomb Lady Bisons and the Belmont Lady Bruins volleyball teams provided every bit of the drama that was expected. Adding to the atmosphere was a boisterous crowd of 1,053 fans on hand to watch the Lady Bisons 3-2 match win.
“I can’t say enough about the atmosphere,” Lady Bisons’ coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “I can’t tell you how much that means to me. I was ecstatic about our fans and their fans.
“People have to really take notice that both teams are tremendous teams. Both teams deserve that type of atmosphere, not just for this match but for every match. “
The Lady Bisons prevailed in this edition of the “Battle of the Boulevard”, but it was a come-from-behind effort. Belmont won the first set 25-20 and the Lady Bisons evened the match at 1-1 with a 25-23 second set. Belmont bounced back to win set three 25-20. But the Lady Bisons came back in a big way in set four with a 25-13 decision. In set five the Lady Bisons held a 10-5 lead but had to hold on at the end for a 15-13 decision.
The Lady Bisons are 11-6 overall, 5-0 in the A-Sun. Belmont is 13-7, 4-1. It was the 40th straight conference win for the Lady Bisons.
“We obviously knew that they were a good team,” Rosenthal said. “We obviously knew that they had a lot of weapons.
“They did a great job early on of creating problems for us. I thought we couldn’t get into a rhythm and that had a lot of to with what Belmont was doing. It wasn’t that we weren’t expecting it. Belmont just did things really well.”
In their two victorious sets the Lady Bruins posted hitting percentages of .429 and .464. The Lady Bisons best hitting percentage was .317 in their third set win.