Desiree Frey Makes History, Ladies Outlast Louisiana College in 5 Sets
Desiree Frey Makes History, Ladies Outlast Louisiana College in 5 Sets
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Louisiana College (0-19)
Centenary (LA) (12-13)
10/18/2017 | Shreveport, La. | Attendance: 207
Louisiana College21259269
Centenary (LA)2523252415
Stats at a GlanceLCCENTVB
Hitting Pct..154.231
Total Attacks162182
Statistical LeadersLCCENTVB
KillsSadi Jones - 19
Desiree Frey - 26
AssistsParis Babino - 40
Allison Lazewski - 24
AcesBrennen Parker - 3
Paris Babino - 3
Hailey Lawson - 6
DigsOlivia Huval - 31
Marissa Sandoval - 20
BlocksTaylor Payne - 4
Sadi Jones - 4
Michaela Brantley - 6

SHREVEPORT, La. – History!

With a long rally in the middle of the third set, senior Desiree Frey recorded her 1,000 dig of her career to become the first 1,000 kill-1,000 dig player in the history of Ladies volleyball, and head coach Caroline Carlton picked up her first coaching win in five sets as Centenary (12-13) outlasted Louisiana College (0-19) 25-21, 23-25, 25-9, 24-26, 15-9 in the Pelican State battle Wednesday night, October 18.

However, Frey’s digs were not the only bit of history for the senior. Reaching the 1,000th kill-mark in the previous match, she recorded a career match-high 26 kills for her 11th double-double of the season.

Junior Shannon Orlopp also turned in a career match, reaching double-digit kills for the first time in her career with 12 kills on 25 swings and no errors. Her .480 hitting percentage (minimum five kills) was also easily a career best.

Finally, junior Michaela Brantley tallied a personal best six blocks in helping the Ladies record their best blocking total (eight) of the season.

However, the match also went to five sets for the first time in the first season of Louisiana College volleyball. Down 4-3 in the fifth set, a Frey kill tied the match and brought sophomore Kristian Loving to serve. A kill each by Frey and Orlopp on over passes and another Frey kill put Centenary up three and forced a Louisiana College timeout. Frey finished the fifth set with six kills alone on nine swings with no errors (.667).

After both teams split the next six points, a kill from junior Hailey Lawson increased the lead to four. Both teams hit a sideout, and a kill from senior Allison Lazewski and an ace from Lawson put the Ladies on match point. Lawson finished the match with six aces – three from tying the Centenary career record of 160.

Louisiana College saved one match point, but an attack error by the Wildcats ended the match. Centenary finished the fifth set with 10 kills on 23 attempts with no errors (.435)

After both teams split the first set, Centenary came out on fire and won the third by 16. The Ladies hit .520 (15 kills and two errors on 25 swings) in the frame and were successful on sideouts nine times out of 10 opportunities. After a Brantley-Lawson block, three Lawson aces, a kill from Frey, and a Wildcats error put Centenary up 6-0 in a blink of an eye. The Maroon and White built the lead to 21-6 thanks to kills from Orlopp Brantley, and then three-straight kills from Lawson. Up 24-9, Frey ended the third set with her eighth kill of the frame.

In the first up 21-20, the Ladies scored 4-of-5 to end the set. After an Orlopp kill, an attack error pushed the lead to three. After both teams traded points, Brantley and junior Makenzie Shaw teamed up for a block to end the set.

Lawson also finished the match with a double-double (11 kills and digs) while Lazewski added 24 assists and sophomore Marissa Sandoval contributed 20 digs.

Centenary led 23-20 in the second set, but Louisiana College scored the last five to steal the win. Jaslyn Bright recorded a kill to put the Wildcats on serve, and two Sadi Jones kills tied the set. A Taylor Payne ace and another Jones kill ended the set.

In the fourth for Louisiana College, Jones and Bright combined for a block and the first point, while three aces from Brennen Parker put the visitors up 4-0. Up 6-3, Bright recorded a kill and Payne cleaned up an overpass. A Zharrian Maxmillion kill put the visitors up 9-3. With Centenary on match point later in the set, Bright tied the set at 24 with a kill, and an attack error and a Payne kill of an overpass gave Louisiana College the fourth 26-24 and force a fifth set.

Bright finished the match with 16 kills and 15 digs, while Paris Babino had 40 assists and 20 digs.

Centenary returns to action this weekend for Homecoming when it takes on nationally-ranked Trinity. First serve is set for 12:30 p.m. Saturday, October 21.