Strong service day leads volleyball to split
Senior Kobi Stephens added seven aces in the win against Rust.
Strong service day leads volleyball to split
Saturday, September 5, 2015
McMurry (2-1)
Centenary (1-1)
9/4/2015 | Mason Complex | Attendance: 72
McMurry25252725 --
Centenary10102912 --
Stats at a GlanceMCMCENT
Hitting Pct..336-.020
Total Attacks116152
Statistical LeadersMCMCENT
KillsBethany Holub - 13
Hailey Lawson - 8
AssistsMorgan Thomas - 26
Allison Lazewski - 16
AcesKaty Headrick - 1
Megan Denison - 1
Jessics Cory - 1
Hailey Lawson - 3
DigsJessics Cory - 24
Hailey Lawson - 11
BlocksAudrey Sanders - 7

SHERMAN, Texas - The 2015 season is only three matches old, but a strong service pattern is already starting to develop for the Centenary College volleyball team.

On the first day of the Austin College Classic, the Ladies hit 29 service aces in seven sets of play (4.1 per set) as Centenary College (2-1) lost in four sets to McMurry (2-1) 25-10, 25-10, 27-29, 25-12 before rebounding with a straight-set win against Rust (0-2) 25-9, 25-13, 25-12 on Friday afternoon, September 4th.

With the 29 aces on the day, including 22 against Rust, the Maroon and White easily more than double up any Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference foe in that category for 2015. The Ladies claim the top-5 individuals in the conference, including senior Kobi Stephen (1.75) and freshman Hailey Lawson (1.13) averaging more than an ace per set.

After the loss to McMurry in its first match of the day, Centenary rebounded for a balanced win against Rust. Leading 5-3 in set one, a Rust service error served as a catalyst for a big service rally for the freshman Shannon Orlopp. A kill each by sophomore Desiree Frey, senior Lindsey Long and freshman Ashley Brown forced a Bearcats timeout. That did not stop Orlopp, who wrapped a pair of service aces around a Rust error.

Still holding a 17-7 lead, it was Frey’s turn to go on a seven-point service run – including two aces. The Bearcats repelled two set points, but a service error closed out the set. Centenary hit .350 in the frame, including five kills and one error on six points (.667 percentage) early in the frame.

The final two sets saw the Ladies get off to slow starts, but Stephens his four aces in set two and three in set three to help Centenary claim the match win. With the Ladies up 19-13 in set two, Stephens went on a six-point service run (put to an end simply because the set had to end) thanks to three aces and two freshman Shyann Pisano kills. Pisano led the Ladies with seven kills.

Pisano, who had five aces of her own in the match, added a pair of aces to close out the match. Sophomore Allison Lazewski, for the second match of the young season, recorded more assists individually (16) than the other team totaled (11). Orlopp had a match-best eight digs.

Joey Chapman led Rust with four kills, as Rust managed a .040 hitting percentage with 13 kills and 11 errors in 50 swings.

The first match of the day saw the Maroon and White hit negative, but after a pair of set losses 25-10, Centenary fought back and took a thrilling third set. A freshman Michaela Brantley kill put the Ladies on set point 24-20, but McMurry fought back to be on match point at 27-26. The Ladies did not go quietly, as a Lawson kill put herself on the service line, which led to an ace and another set point. A kill on an overpass from Pisano extended the match.

McMurry raced out to a 15-10 lead in set four before scoring 10-of-12 points to end the match. An attack error put the War Hawks on serve, and a kill and two Centenary errors extended McMurry’s lead to 19-10. Bethany Holub, who recorded a match-best 13 kills, hit a pair of successful attacks to put McMurry up 11. A kill by Taylor London and an error by Centenary ended the match.

The War Hawks took the match by outhitting the Ladies .336 to negative .020, 52-35 in kills, and 13-0 in blocks.

Centenary College wraps up the weekend Saturday against Macalester and Sul Ross State.