Record Broken as Ladies Volleyball Aces Way to Three-Game Winning Streak
Sophomore Hailey Lawson broke the Centenary match record for aces, tallying 10 against Texas College.
Record Broken as Ladies Volleyball Aces Way to Three-Game Winning Streak
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
RUST (0-7)
Centenary (LA) (5-18)
10/19/2016 | Shreveport, La. | Attendance: 97
RUST1058 -- --
Centenary (LA)252525 -- --
Stats at a GlanceRUSTCENT
Hitting Pct.-.243.404
Total Attacks3752
Statistical LeadersRUSTCENT
KillsMarashia Hamilton - 2
Hailey Lawson - 8
AssistsChasity Powell - 1
Megan Rayfors - 1
Keana Wash - 1
Allison Lazewski - 18
AcesMegan Rayfors - 2
Allison Lazewski - 6
DigsMarashia Hamilton - 4
Shyann Pisano - 4
BlocksMegan Rayfors - 2

SHREVEPORT, La. – It’s good to be home.

Playing in the Gold Dome for the first time in more than a month, the Ladies tallied 42 aces in six sets (eight aces per set) for the day as Centenary (6-18) swept Rust (0-7) 25-10, 25-5, 25-8 before besting Texas College (1-11) in the nightcap, 25-8, 25-9, 25-11 Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the Gold Dome.

With the win, numerous Ladies made their mark in the record books. First, sophomore Hailey Lawson managed to break the 24-year old record for aces in a match against Texas College.  Her 10 aces are tied for the most for an individual in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference in nine seasons.

Lawson moved into the career record book for career aces, sitting ninth with 94. Junior teammate Allison Lazewski sits right above Lawson in the same stat, adding 11 aces for the day to hit 100 for her career. With 32 on the day, Lazewski surpassed the 1500-assists mark and moved in to second in the category for her career (1,529 assists).

With 14 kills on the day, junior Desiree Frey eclipses the 700 mark for her career and sits sixth in the category in the Centenary annals.

After Rust scored the first point of the day on a service error, Centenary ripped off six-straight points to force a timeout. A kill by sophomore Michaela Brantley put Lawson on serve. Two Frey kills and two Rust errors led to a Bearcats timeout. The break did not bother Lawson, as she came out and hit her first of two service aces to push the lead to 6-1.

Leading 20-10, a Lazewski service run ended the first set. Three service aces and two kills by Lawson concluded the first frame. Lawson led the Ladies in the match with eight kills and two errors on 11 swings (.545).

The Ladies took advantage of a 19-3 edge in aces and .404-(negative) .243 edge in hitting percentage to down the Bearcats in straight sets.

With the Maroon and White up 14-5 in set two, a Lawson kill subbed Lazewski in to serve. She never left the service line as six Rust errors, three kills and an ace ended the frame.

Lazewski added a match-best 18 assists and six aces.

Centenary raced out to a 4-0 lead in the final set thanks to two Lazewski aces and kills each from Brantley and freshman Shyann Pisano. Rust responded by scoring 5-of-8 points to pull within 7-5. A block by Megan Rayfors and an attack error cut the lead in half. A Brantley kill and a pair of Bearcats errors pushed the lead to five. However, an assisted block by Rayfors-Zari Middlebrooks, an ace by Rayfors and an attack error cut the lead to 7-5.

With the Ladies up 16-8, a service error put freshman Kristian Loving on serve. Loving ended the match with eight straight points, including three aces and three kills from Pissano. Pissano matched a career-best with seven kills, hitting .667 in the process (seven kills and one error on nine swings).

In the final match of the night, the Ladies set the tone early with nine aces in the first set and a season-best 23 for the match. With Centenary holding a slim 11-7 lead set one, a 14-1 run gave the home team the first frame. After a Texas College error, Lazewski hit four-straight aces. After a service error, a Pissano kill brought Lawson to the service line. The Ladies scored eight-straight to end the set, including a pair of aces for Lawson.

While Lawson broke the school match record with 10 aces, Lazewski added five in her own right.

In set two, Lawson service runs at the beginning and end of the set helped Centenary take the second set by 16. She had five aces in that set alone.

Centenary took the third set to win the match. The Ladies .435 hitting percentage (34 kills and seven errors on 62 attacks) as a team was the best mark in head coach Caley Carter’s four seasons, as Brantley hit a career-best .857 (six kills on seven swings with no errors). Both Lawson and sophomore Ashley Brown added five kills on eight attempts with no errors (.625).

Frey had more kills (10) that Texas College recorded as a team (eight). For the second-straight match, Centenary held a team to negative hitting. The Steers had eight kills and 11 errors on 46 swings (-.065).

The Maroon and White had no reception errors in the nightcap.

Centenary looks to qualify for the 2016 SCAC Tournament this weekend with a quartet of important conference matches at Schreiner in Kerrville, Texas.