Volleyball Drops Tight Match to Old Foe Grambling State in 5
Junior Michaela Brantley had four blocks, while senior Desiree Frey recorded her fifth double-double of the season (Photo courtesy of Curt Youngblood).
Volleyball Drops Tight Match to Old Foe Grambling State in 5
Monday, September 18, 2017
Centenary (LA) (6-5)
Grambling State (4-10)
9/18/2017 | Grambling, La. | Attendance: 137
Centenary (LA)252117259
Grambling State1925251515
Stats at a GlanceCENTVBGRAMVB
Hitting Pct..043.102
Total Attacks164176
Statistical LeadersCENTVBGRAMVB
KillsDesiree Frey - 11
Chasity Nicks - 17
AssistsBrittany Risner - 15
Diemend Richardson - 27
AcesShannon Orlopp - 2
Hailey Lawson - 2
Desiree Frey - 2
Chasity Nicks - 1
Kevreion Ward - 1
L'Muriell Thrower - 1
Teryn Phillips - 1
DigsMarissa Sandoval - 19
Erineka Mollere - 39
BlocksMichaela Brantley - 4
Jaivieanna Jones - 7

GRAMBLING, La. – The Ladies took set one and overcame a 2-1 deficit to push the match to the fifth, but the Tigers held on for the win as Centenary (6-5) fell to Grambling State (4-10) 19-25, 25-21, 25-17, 15-25, 15-9 in the first of two meetings between the teams Monday night, September 18, in Grambling, Louisiana.

After Grambling State took a 2-1 lead, Centenary came out swinging to win the fourth set by 10 points. With the Ladies trailing 7-6, five straight errors by the Tigers put Centenary up for good in the set. Clinging to a 16-13 lead, junior Michaela Brantley recorded a solo block and a Grambling State attack error pushed the lead to five. A kill off an overpass from senior Desiree Frey and a Brantley kill brought the Ladies within five points of the set win.

Frey finished off another double-double for the season with 17 digs and 11 kills, while Brantley contributed seven kills and four blocks.

The home team pulled within 20-15 in the fourth set, but Centenary scored the last five to push the match to five. A Brantley kill put Frey on serve, and an attack error, a kill from junior Hailey Lawson, and a Frey ace put the Ladies on set point. A Brantley kill – the last of four for her in the set – closed out the frame.

Lawson concluded the match with 14 digs, 10 kills, and two blocks for Centenary for her own double-double.

Centenary took a 5-3 lead in the fifth, but five straight points put the home team in the lead for good. A kill by Kevreion Ward put the Tigers on serve, and a Ladies error tied the set. An assisted block by Desiree Bishop and Chasity Nicks put the Tigers in the lead, and a Ward ace and a Nicks kill gave Grambling State an 8-5 lead as the teams switched sides.

Grambling State used a 54-34 edge in kills and 13-5 lead in blocks to hold off Centenary in the match.

In the fifth, an attack error pulled Centenary within 11-9, but a kill each by Grambling State’s Nick and Jaivieanna Jones with two Centenary ball-handling errors ended the match.

Jones paced Grambling State with seven kills and seven blocks, while Nicks finished the match with 17 kills. Erineka Mollere recorded 39 digs.

Centenary fell behind 18-14 in the opening set, but scored 11-of-12 points to take the first. Frey added a kill to put herself on serve, and an ace and a block by Lawson and Brantley forced a Grambling State timeout. Two more errors by the Tigers and a Lawson kill put the Ladies up for good in the set. Later, holding a 23-19 lead, two attack errors gave Centenary the first set.

Trailing by a set, Grambling State held Centenary to a negative hitting percentage in the next two frames to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

Sophomore Marissa Sandoval contributed 19 digs, while freshman Brittany Risner led Centenary with 15 assists.

Centenary returns to action this weekend, September 23-24, when it opens up Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference with a trio of matches in Sherman, Texas.