Wednesday, October 19, 2011
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- There is no fear factor for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons volleyball team.
Tuesday night they handed Louisville, a Big East Conference power only their fifth match loss of the season taking a 3-1 decision in front of approximately 500 fans at Allen Arena. It was the 12th match win in a row for the Lady Bisons.
The Lady Bisons won set one 25-22, lost set two 25-18 and then rallied to win set three 25-23 and set four 25-21. Louisville is ranked 29th in the country this week.
“The message for the last month-and-a-half for our players is that I am not going to hold them back,” coach Brandon Rosenthal said as he checked the 16 messages he received from coaches around the country. “If they want to get something done, then let’s go get it done.
“It was fun to play a team like that in front of a great crowd. It’s a great win for the program. This is by far the highest ranked team we have beaten. This solidifies what we are trying to do here, not just regionally or in the Atlantic Sun Conference, but nationally.” Rosenthal stressed to his players between sets two and three the need to keep the pressure up, especially on defense.
“I thought we played a good second set,” Rosenthal said. “The only thing that I was disappointed with is that in the last five points we lost our swagger.
“That was my big thing between sets. I told them not to back down. I told them to be pests and worry the crap out of the opponent. I thought defensively we did that.”
The Lady Bisons held a 58-46 advantage in digs.
Libero Stephanie Rex was credited with a match-high 17 for the Lady Bisons. Setter Caitlin Dotson added 11.
Louisville defensive specialist Caitlin Welch made 14 digs.
“I thought our defense was tremendous and really created a lot of problems for them,” Rosenthal said. “Louisville preaches defense and hard-nosed play.