Bruins Ready for First Meeting with Rival Lipscomb
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont returns home from a weekend tournament to face rival Lipscomb in an early 5 p.m. match on Tuesday, Sept. 14, in the Curb Event Center.
The meeting between Belmont and Lipscomb is the 32nd all-time between the two programs. The Bruins lead the all-time series 25-6 and own an 11-2 mark at home. Belmont dominated the rivalry until last season, when Lipscomb took all three meetings en route to a spotless Atlantic Sun conference season and conference tournament crown. The Lady Bisons were picked to finish first by the conference coaches in the annual preseason poll and boast the two top players in the conference in Preseason Player of the Year Jake Pease and current Player of the Week Alex Kelly. At 8-2, Lipscomb leads the conference so far in 2010 and is coming off a 3-0 sweep of South Carolina in the Gamecock invitational last weekend, marking the program's first win against a Southeastern Conference opponent.
Belmont returns to the friendly confines of the Curb Event Center after a 1-2 outing at the Active Ankle Challenge hosted by Purdue University. The Bruins opened the tournament with a sweep of Connecticut before dropping a tough five set match to Duquesne. Belmont fell to the host Boilermakers in straight sets to close the tournament on Saturday. The Bruins were led once again by senior Kayla Albritton, who earned all-tournament honors for the fourth straight tournament.
Thanks to a new single-round-robin conference schedule, the Tuesday night meeting with Lipscomb will not count in the Atlantic Sun standings. The November 9 meeting in Allen Arena will be the conference match between the two teams. The last meeting between Belmont and Lipscomb was a 1-3 loss in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament semi-finals in Fort Myers, Fla.
Following the home match with the Lady Bison, the Bruins will head to Chattanooga for a second meeting with the Lady Mocs in the Country Inn and Suites Invitational in Chattanooga, Tenn. The first serve is set for 6:30 p.m. CDT. Belmont will then face James Madison in an early morning match on Saturday starting at 9 a.m., before finishing the Invitational with a match against Central Florida at 3:30 p.m.
The next home action for the Bruins is Saturday, Sept. 25, when they welcome Florida Gulf Coast to kick off the 2010 Atlantic Sun Conference season.