Ladies Volleyball Caps Season with Emphatic Win against Rust
Freshman Kristian Loving added six aces and even had a kill while playing front row.
Ladies Volleyball Caps Season with Emphatic Win against Rust
Sunday, October 30, 2016
RUST (0-11)
Centenary (LA) (9-22)
10/30/2016 | Shreveport, La. | Attendance: 77
RUST7136 -- --
Centenary (LA)252525 -- --
Stats at a GlanceRUSTCENT
Hitting Pct.-.172.281
Total Attacks2964
Statistical LeadersRUSTCENT
KillsZari Middlebrooks - 2
Eboni Johnson - 2
Hailey Lawson - 7
AssistsChasity Powell - 3
Allison Lazewski - 12
AcesJoy Westbrook - 1
Kristian Loving - 6
DigsKeana Wash - 7
Allison Lazewski - 2
Kristian Loving - 2

SHREVEPORT, La. – The Ladies capped the winningest season in five years in style as Centenary (9-22) knocked off Rust (0-11) in straight sets, 25-7, 25-13, 25-6 to close out the 2016 Centenary Halloween Tournament on Sunday, Oct. 30.

After a tough second set in which the Ladies hit negative, Centenary put the exclamation point on the match with long service rallies in the final frame. Down 1-0, a kill by sophomore Shannon Orlopp put freshman Kristian Loving on the service line. After a kill from the setter position for sophomore Allison Lazewski and an attack error by the Bearcats, Loving finished the 8-0 run with five-straight aces.

Loving, who added a kill playing front row near the end of the match, led Centenary with six aces for the match. The Ladies tallied a season-best 26 aces for the match.

Following a kill by Rust on an overpass that clipped the top of the net and just went over, Orlopp had her turn from the service line. A kill from sophomore Makenzie Shaw put Orlopp on serve, and four Rust errors, two aces and a Shaw kill extended the lead in the finale to 16-2.

Shaw went 4-for-6 on attacks with no errors (.667) with seven assists for the match.

At 18-4, a Shaw kill jump-started her own service rally. Kills by sophomore and Lazeswki, coupled with two aces, upped the lead to 23-4.

Lazewski went 3-for-4 with no errors in hitting while she added a match-best 12 assists.

After two Rust points, a service error and Loving’s lone kill ended the match.

The Ladies hit .281 for the match, including .522 (13 kills and one error on 23 swings) in the first set alone. Rust hit (negative).172 for the match.

Up 9-5 in the first set, Centenary used a 10-0 run, perpetuated by a junior Desiree Frey kill that put herself on serve. A service ace, a kill from sophomore Hailey Lawson, a Rust attack error, and kills from Brown, Lawson, and Lazewski forced a Rust timeout at 16-5. Two aces and a Bearcat hitting error later, Centenary led by 14.

After two points by the visitors, a Lawson kill jump started a Centenary run to end the set. After a Rust attack error, kills by sophomores Michaela Brantley and Shyann Pisano, two kills by Lawson, and an ace ended the first set.

Lawson, who tallied a match-best seven kills, added five in the first set alone.

Centenary saw a 9-3 lead in the second set dissipate to one after three attack errors and two kills from Rust’s Eboni Johnson.

Johnson and Zari Middlebrooks led the Bearcats with two kills and three errors on eight swings (-.172 hitting percentage).

A Brown kill put Pisano on serve, and the four points gave the Ladies breathing room. A Brown and Lawson kill, coupled by a service ace, pushed the lead to five. An error by Rust gave Centenary a 14-8 lead in the second set.

Centenary won the second set by 12 before a dominating third set ended the match.

Coupled with the Ladies most wins in five years, Centenary finished 3-11 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, the most wins in conference play ever in any league (while Centenary played an American Southwest Conference schedule in 2011, those games officially do not count as conference matches).

The Ladies host the 2016 SCAC Volleyball Tournament next Friday and Saturday at the Gold Dome. The tournament features seven games and fifth-ranked Southwestern, sixth-ranked Colorado College and 16th-ranked Trinity.