Furious Rally Falls Short for Volleyball in 5-Set Loss to East Texas Baptist
Sophomore Kristian Loving recorded a career-high 18 digs, her third career-double digit dig match (and second this season).
Furious Rally Falls Short for Volleyball in 5-Set Loss to East Texas Baptist
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Centenary (La.) (2-3)
East Texas Baptist (4)
9/5/2017 | Marshall, Texas | Attendance: 107
Centenary (La.)232225277
East Texas Baptist2525222515
Stats at a GlanceCCETBU
Hitting Pct..210.252
Total Attacks210202
Statistical LeadersCCETBU
KillsHailey Lawson - 20
Natalie Coburn - 27
AssistsAllison Lazewski - 35
Elyse Shaw - 34
AcesDesiree Frey - 4
Paige Miller - 6
DigsMarissa Sandoval - 26
Paige Miller - 27
BlocksMichaela Brantley - 1.0
Shannon Orlopp - 1.0
Hailey Lawson - 1.0
Gabrielle Jones - 4.0

MARSHALL, Texas – The Ladies came back from a two-set deficit, but the Maroon and White could not recover from a strong start in the deciding set by the Tigers as Centenary (2-3) fell to East Texas Baptist (4-1) 25-23, 25-22, 22-25, 25-27, 15-7 Tuesday night, September 5.

After close losses in the first two sets, the Ladies fell behind 22-21 in the third and were three points away from defeat. However, a junior Hailey Lawson kill put herself on serve, and three-straight kills from senior Desiree Frey continued the match.

Frey ended the match with her third double-double of the season, recording 19 kills and adding 14 digs, going over 800 digs for her career. Lawson added the double-double with 20 kills and 15 digs.

The fourth set saw Centenary fall behind 8-4 before the Ladies scored 6-of-7 to retake the lead. After a Frey kill put herself on serve, an assisted block by Lawson and sophomore Michaela Brantley, followed by a Frey ace, cut the deficit to one. After both teams sided out, a Tiger’s attack error and a Lawson kill put Centenary up 10-9. Tied at 17 later in the set, two East Texas Baptist errors around a Lawson kill put Centenary up 20-17. Centenary led 22-18, but a mini-service run by the Tiger’s Paige Miller, including a pair of aces, knotted the set at 22. Miller led the home team with 27 digs, 10 kills, and six service aces.

Tied at 25 in the fourth, a kill from Brantley and a Tiger error sent the match to a fifth set.

Centenary scored first in the fifth, but East Texas Baptist answered with seven straight to take control of the set. After a Natalie Coburn kill, Bailey Byas hit an ace to give the Tigers the lead for good. A Centenary miscue, an assisted block by Coburn and Gabrielle Jones, and a kill by Allison Sevening pushed the deficit to 5-1.

Jones and Coburn capped the run for the home team with kills. Centenary never trailed by less than five points in the fifth the rest of the way as East Texas Baptist held on for the fifth set and the 3-2 win.

Sophomores Marrisa Sandoval (26) and Kristian Loving (18) both recorded a career high in digs, while senior Allison Lazewski had a double-double with a match-high 35 assists to go along with 12 digs.

Coburn paced East Texas Baptist by hitting .460 (27 kills and four errors on 50 swings). Elyse Shaw added 34 assists and 16 digs.

East Texas Baptist capitalized on a .252-.210 edge in hitting percentage and 5-2 lead in blocks against the Ladies.

Centenary returns to action Friday, September 8, on the first day of the Belhaven Classic. Centenary plays Mississippi University for Women at 5 p.m., followed by the host Blazers at 7 p.m.