Program Bests Leads Ladies Volleyball to Split on First Day of Conference Play
Junior Hailey Lawson moved into a fourth-place tie in career Centenary aces with five in the win against Dallas (Photo courtesy of Curt Youngblood).
Program Bests Leads Ladies Volleyball to Split on First Day of Conference Play
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Centenary (LA) (6-6, 0-1)
Austin College (11-2, 1-0)
9/23/2017 | Sherman, Texas | Attendance: 89
Centenary (LA)111513 -- --
Austin College252525 -- --
Stats at a GlanceCENTVBAC
Hitting Pct..029.326
Total Attacks10489
Statistical LeadersCENTVBAC
KillsMichaela Brantley - 8
Mayson Kennon - 10
Rebekah Bowden - 10
AssistsAllison Lazewski - 20
Katie Ingle - 18
AcesShyann Pisano - 1
Katie Ingle - 4
DigsDesiree Frey - 10
Madi McVay - 13
BlocksMichaela Brantley - 1
Allison Lazewski - 1
Rebekah Bowden - 4
Kristen Massey - 4

SHERMAN, Texas – After a loss to the hosts to begin the day, the Maroon and White rebounded in a big way to earn a split.

In Ladies volleyball 3-1 win against Dallas (25-10, 22-25, 25-14, 25-16), they recorded their highest hitting percentage in a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference match (.290) and the biggest win and best hitting percentage in a set with a 15-point margin and a .435 percentage in the first.

Before Centenary’s (7-6, 1-1 SCAC) win against Dallas (5-9, 0-2) to cap the day, the Ladies fell in straight sets to host Austin College (11-3, 1-1 SCAC) 25-11, 25-15, 25-13) Saturday afternoon, September 23.

With five aces in the match against the Crusaders, junior Hailey Lawson now has 140 aces in a little more than two seasons, tied for the fourth-best mark in school history and just 20 shy of the career leader. She easily leads the conference with 0.81 aces per set.

Senior Desiree Frey added 23 kills and a double-double against Dallas (16 kills and 14 digs) to eclipse the 900-kill mark for her career, just the fifth Centenary player to reach that milestone.

And not be outdone, junior Michaela Brantley tallied a career-best 18 kills, also hitting .500 with 32 attempts and two errors.

After Dallas scored the first points of the match, Centenary answered with 11-of-13 to take control of the set early. The Crusaders hit three errors before both teams sided out on errors. Dallas hit another error, but kills from Brantley and Frey brought the score to 7-2. After both teams sided out again, Lawson had a kill, Brantley and freshman Brittany Risner teamed up for a block, and a sophomore Kristian Loving ace punctuated the run.

Risner finished the match with 19 assists and four kills on five attempts.

Up 19-7 later in the record-breaking set, Lawson tallied a pair of aces. Frey than had a hand in the next three points with two kills and an assisted block with junior Shannon Orlopp to put the Ladies on set point. Dallas repelled three set points, but an attack error ended the frame.

After Dallas took the next set by three, a big service run by Orlopp in the middle of the third opened up an eight-point lead. With the Ladies up two, a Crusaders miscue put Orlopp on serve. A kill by Frey and junior Allison Lazewski increased the advantage. An ace and kills by Frey and Brantley pushed the lead to 18-10.

In the fourth, it was nine points off of Lawson’s serve that put the match away. After a Lawson kill put herself on serve, an error and Orlopp kill, followed by an ace, gave the Ladies a 16-9 advantage. A Frey kill, three errors by Dallas, and two Lawson aces brought the lead to 22-9. A Frey and Brantley block ended the set and match.

Elizabeth Smith led the Crusaders with 16 digs, 12 assists, and six kills.

To begin the day, Austin College outhit Centenary .326-.029 for the straight set win. Leading the Ladies was Lazewski with 20 assists and Frey with 10 digs. Mayson Kennon and Rebekah Bowden led Austin College with 10 kills apiece.

Centenary finishes its opening conference weekend Sunday, September 24, when it takes on #3 Colorado College. First serve is set for 11 a.m.