Lady Bisons Beat First SEC Foe, Sweeping Gamecocks

Sunday, September 12, 2010

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Lipscomb Lady Bisons take each match in stride, but even they recognized that a sweep of South Carolina was something special.

The Lady Bisons beat host South Carolina 3-0 by set scores of 25-18, 25-21 and 25-21 Saturday morning in the Gamecock Invitational. It marked the first time the Lady Bisons have beaten a team from the Southeastern Conference.

“We had beaten Southeastern Conference teams in the spring, but that is different than the fall,” Lady Bisons coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “I think this is a signature win for us. Any time you go up against a conference that is in your region and is well-respected and you beat one of its teams is a big win.”

It was the sixth match sweep in a row for the Lady Bisons who won the tournament championship.

“I thought our girls played exceptional,” Rosenthal said. “Everyone looks at the stat leaders, but I thought everybody played well. Amanda Rhein came in and served tough. Kelsey Neumann came in and served tuff and stopped some balls. Caitlin Dotson played a tremendous game.”

Middle blocker Alex Kelly was named the tournament’s most valuable player. Outside hitter Kaycee Green and setter Stefine “Jake” Pease were named to the all-tournament team.

“Alex works harder and harder each day,” Rosenthal said.

Green and Kelly tied for the match high in kills with 13 each.

Green posted a .478 hitting percentage. Kelly had a .344 hitting percentage.