Volleyball Off to Best Start in 6 Season, Goes 3-1 at Belhaven Classic
Volleyball Off to Best Start in 6 Season, Goes 3-1 at Belhaven Classic
Sunday, September 10, 2017
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Centenary (LA) (5-4)
9/8/2017 | Jackson,Miss | Attendance: 86
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Stats at a GlanceMUWCENTVB
Hitting Pct..097.255
Total Attacks9394
Statistical LeadersMUWCENTVB
KillsLoren Schmitt - 9
Desiree Frey - 8
AssistsMadison Lamon - 23
Allison Lazewski - 13
AcesKayla King - 1
Haley McMurphey - 1
Megan Parks - 1
Hailey Lawson - 6
DigsMadison Lamon - 8
Megan Parks - 8
Desiree Frey - 10
BlocksTori Weir - 2
Shannon Orlopp - 2

JACKSON, Miss. – The Ladies volleyball team is off to its best start since 2011 thanks to a 3-1 record this weekend, September 8-9, at the Belhaven Classic in Jackson, Mississippi. Centenary (5-4), started the weekend with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-14) win against Mississippi University for Women. After a 3-1 (25-18, 25-21, 21-25, 25-18) loss to Belhaven, Centenary swept all six sets played Saturday. The Ladies beat Rust 25-8, 25-3, 25-11, before knocking off Mississippi University for Women again, 25-8, 25-16, 25-15.

Senior Desiree Frey led the Ladies with 43 kills and 24 digs, while junior Michaela Brantley hit .327 with 23 kills. Sophomore Marissa Sandoval added 27 digs.

Junior Hailey Lawson moved into fifth place in the career annals in aces. Recording 17 this weekend, she now has 130 for her career.

The Ladies started the weekend with five-straight points in set one against Mississippi University for Women with two kills from Frey, a kill each from sophomores Makenzie Shaw and Shannon Orlopp, and a Lawson ace. The Owls saved four set points after trailing 24-15, but a kill from sophomore Shyann Pisano ended the first set.

Set two saw the Owls take a slim 13-12 lead, but a Shaw kill and a pair of aces put the Ladies in the lead for good. Freshman Brittany Risner finished the set with a kill.

The final frame saw Centenary score the final six points to end the match. After a Pisano kill put sophomore Kristian Loving on serve, three errors and a kill each from Sandoval and Brantley ended the match.

Senior Allison Lazewski led Centenary with 13 assists, while Frey added 10 digs and eight kills and Lawson chipped in seven aces. The Ladies outhit the Owls .255-.097.

Centenary closed out Friday with a loss to the hosts. Frey managed a double-double with 18 kills and 10 digs, but the Ladies could not recover from 26 hitting errors.

However, Centenary took all six sets on day two and has yet to even lose a frame in four matches on Saturday this season. The Ladies began the day against Rust, hitting .431 while holding the Bearcats to negative-.286 hitting. Frey had a career-best .533 hitting percentage (at least six attack attempts) with nine kills and only one error on 15 swings.

Up 8-6 in the first set, a Pisano kill brought freshman Brittany Risner to the service line. The Ladies scored 13-straight on her serve. Rust made seven errors, freshman Lauren Pilcher contributed a solo block, Frey added two kills, and Risner added an ace during the rally. Centenary won the set by 17.

Set two saw Centenary go on two service rallies of 10 or more points in a 22-point win. The first came during Lawson’s serve, when the Maroon and White scored 11. It included six aces from Lawson, two Frey kills, and a kill from Brantley. After both teams sided out, it was Sandoval’s turn. Centenary scored 10-straight to put themselves on match point. The rally ended with a service error, but Rust gave the error right back as Centenary went up two sets.

Set three saw another long service rally from Risner. Up 11-6, a kill from Orlopp put Risner on serve. Five aces and three Rust attack errors later, Centenary led 23-8. Rust scored the next three points, but a pair of kills from Frey ended the match.

Another sweep of Mississippi University for Women ended the weekend. Shaw led Centenary with a .625 hitting percentage (six kills and one error on eight swings).

Centenary returns to action Wednesday for the home opener against Louisiana College. Match time is set for 7 p.m.