Solid hitting, Service Success Leads to Ladies Volleyball Split at Austin College Tournament
Solid hitting, Service Success Leads to Ladies Volleyball Split at Austin College Tournament
Friday, September 2, 2016
Mary Hardin-Baylor (1-0)
Centenary (La.) (0-1)
9/2/2016 | Sherman, TX | Attendance: 46
Mary Hardin-Baylor252525 -- --
Centenary (La.)131116 -- --
Stats at a GlanceUMHB-VBCENT
Hitting Pct..468.044
Total Attacks7791
Statistical LeadersUMHB-VBCENT
KillsSarah Paolini - 11
Maddie Frerich - 11
Ashley Brown - 5
Desiree Frey - 5
AssistsNatasha Evans - 29
Allison Lazewski - 14
AcesSarah Paolini - 2
Laryssa Wills - 2
Makenzie Shaw - 1
Desiree Frey - 1
DigsJordan Yates - 11
Marissa Sandoval - 12
BlocksMaddie Frerich - 6
Michaela Brantley - 1
Ashley Brown - 1

SHERMAN, Texas – After losing in straight sets of match one and dropping the first set of match two, the Ladies turned used a balance attack and a solid day from the service line and 16 aces as Centenary (1-1) knocked off Sul Ross State (0-4) 23-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-23 on day one of the Austin College Tournament on Sept. 2.

Centenary lost the first match of the day to Mary-Hardin Baylor, 25-13, 25-11, 25-16.

“We were able to keep our unforced errors to the bare minimum against Sul Ross State, which we didn’t do in our first match against Mary Hardin-Baylor,” explained head coach Caley Carter. “We also did a much better job of being aggressive in offense and serving, which made us earn our points. We spread out our offense so all hitters were ready and in position to win points.”

After a pair of heartbreaking five-set losses to Sul Ross State each of the last two seasons, it looked as if the Ladies and Lobos might go the distance again. Tied at 23 in the fourth with Sul Ross State serving, sophomore Ashley Brown put away the kill for the sideout and put the Ladies on match point. Brown, who went 4-for-8 with no errors in the fourth set alone, managed a career-best 11 kills and only four errors on 22 swings for a .318 hitting percentage in the match.

On set point, Centenary repelled an overpass attack attempt by Sul Ross State that junior Desiree Frey dug out. With a match-best in both digs (15) and kills (13), Frey notched her fifth double-double.

 Frey’s dig found classmate Allison Lazewski – who managed a career-high of her own in assists with 47. Lazewski set sophomore Makenzie Shaw, who put ball away to close out the match. The exclamation closed out a solid set and match for Shaw, who went 5-for-6 in the final frame (.833 percent) and exactly identical attack numbers as Brown for her collegiate-best 11 kills.

Sophomore Hailey Lawson turned in a solid all-around match with 11 kills, a match-best five aces and six digs.

Centenary bested Sul Ross State, 54-44, in kills and .265-.250 in hitting percentage. After the Ladies dropped the first, they hit a match-best .444 and converted on 70 percent (14-for-20) of side-out chances in the second set.

Up 9-7 in the second after losing the first set, Brown etched a kill to put Lazewski on serve. A pair of Lawson kills around an ace put the Maroon and White up 13-7 and forced the Lobos to burn a timeout. Centenary ended up claiming the frame by five.

Now tied a set apiece, Centenary used a 6-2 run to open up a four-point lead in the third. Lawson put herself on serve with a kill and promptly recorded an ace. A miscue by Sul Ross State put the Ladies up three. The Lobos scored the next two, but two Frey kills and Brown’s second ace of the match pushed the lead to four. Centenary claimed the set by four to take a 2-1 lead and eventual Centenary four-set win.

“We definitely grew our confidence as a group from the win against Sul Ross State since it has been a tough, five-set loss to them the past two years. We stuck to the game plan in the win,” said Cater.

Sul Ross State’s Brittany Serano scored her own double-double with 12 kills and 13 digs. Katie Reeves added her own double-dip with 19 assists and 12 digs. The Lobos out-blocked the Ladies 9-6.

In the first match, American Southwest Conference West Division-favorite Mary Hardin-Baylor held Centenary to negative attacking numbers en route to the sweep. The Crusaders managed 40 kills on 77 swings and only four errors (.468 hitting percentage). Sarah Paolini and Maddie French combined for 22 kills on 30 attack and no errors to hit better than .700.

Brown and Frey paced Centenary with five kills each.

“Overall, it was a good first day because we saw what we have been working on in practice both mentally and physically come in to play on the court. We are definitely moving in the right direction,” added Carter.

Centenary returns to action tomorrow, Sept. 4, to conclude the opening weekend of play. The Ladies battle McMurry at 9 a.m. before closing the day against rival LeTourneau at 3 p.m.