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Volleyball Ready to Swing Away at New Season
Volleyball Ready to Swing Away at New Season
Monday, August 31, 2015
Jarvis Christian (0-1)
at
Centenary (1-0)
9/1/2015 | Centenary, La. | Attendance: 176
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Jarvis Christian20172520 --
Centenary25252325 --
Stats at a GlanceJCCCENT
Hitting Pct..086.178
Kills2947
Errors2124
Total Attacks93129
Assists2845
Aces713
Digs5138
Blocks5.08.0
Statistical LeadersJCCCENT
KillsTalicia Lang - 9
Desiree Frey - 12
AssistsAveris Johnson - 14
Allison Lazewski - 25
AcesTalicia Lang - 4
Hailey Lawson - 6
DigsAveris Johnson - 12
Hailey Lawson - 14
BlocksTalicia Lang - 3
Lindsey Long - 6

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There will be plenty of upperclassmen guidance as the 2015 Centenary College volleyball team will feature five seniors, but with no junior class, a group of three sophomores and seven freshmen look to figure prominently and add support for the upperclassmen for third-year head coach Caley Carter.

The Ladies are coming off an improvement in victories the past two seasons after the Ladies only managed two wins the year before coach Carter’s arrival.

“This season, our team goal is to continue to get more wins as we rebuild the program.  Ultimately, we would love to make it to our conference tournament,” said Carter. “As long as we continue to work hard and stay disciplined, those are very attainable goals for this team.”

Senior leadership will be crucial, as two-thirds of the team is underclassman. Returning for the Ladies for their final season include 2014 leading hitter Rachel Perkins (250 kills, 2.40 per set), who also finished third on the team with 215 digs (2.17 per set). Lindsey Long ended the season third on the team with 141 kills (1.37 per set) and fourth with 196 digs (1.90 per set).

Long and classmate Christina NeSmith both led the team with 35 blocks for 2015.

“We are taking advantage of the fact that we have five seniors this year, using their leadership skills in all aspects of our program,” explained Carter. “Individually, they take charge of the team academics, communication, punctuality, attire, and even dietary needs.  They are a responsible and mature group, and I am proud of the progress they have made since I have taken over the program just two years ago.”

“They give our very large group of freshmen a great example to follow which puts them on the right path as we look to the success of the future of the program,” added Carter.

In the sophomore class, Haley Cubberly is the team’s 2014 leading back row player (294 digs, 3.13 per set) while classmate Allison Lazewski paced the Ladies with 589 assists (5.40 per set). Desiree Frey added 221 kills (2.12 per set) to rank second on the team in that category in 2014.

However, the freshmen will play a vital role for the Ladies in 2015 as they make up nearly half the team.

“The freshmen this year are a very competitive group. They have had a challenging pre-season because of their participation in our very demanding Centenary in Paris class while also participating in our demanding team practices before and after their class,” said Carter. Their dedication to both volleyball and academics has led to 14-hour days for them.  They have worked so hard this summer, which has helped them tremendously as they are in great physical shape and can handle the demands of their tough schedule.  They have had an immediate impact on the program because of the work they have done in the off-season and their desire to be here at Centenary. 

“Because of them, there is competition at every position, which makes the entire team step up their game every day at practice,” added Carter.

After two non-conference tournaments to begin the season, the Ladies will be tested by competing in one of the best NCAA Division III volleyball conferences in the country, the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Centenary begins the conference slate September 19-20 with a cross-divisional right in the Gold Dome against Austin, Dallas and Colorado College.

“As always, our toughest competition is our conference opponents. We are so grateful to be in such a competitive conference with 2-3 teams ranked nationally every season,” Carter said. “I think that this year we will be able to compete with any team we face. Regardless of the opponent or the outcome of the match, I expect this group to always compete.”

The volleyball team begins the 2015 season September 1 when they host Jarvis Christian at the Gold Dome at 7 p.m.