Volleyball Prepares for Season Opening Austin College Tournament
Friday, September 2, 2016

SHREVEPORT, La. – The Centenary Ladies volleyball team, under the direction of fourth-year head coach Caley Carter, kicks off the 2016 season Friday and Saturday, Sept. 2-3, at the Austin College Tournament. The Ladies will play Mary Hardin-Baylor, Sul Ross State, McMurry and LeTourneau.

Following the tournament, Centenary opens up home play against Jarvis Christian on Tuesday, Sept. 6. It will be the only home match for the Maroon and White until October 19.

 

The Match-Ups

Mary Hardin-Baylor vs Centenary

Austin College Tournament – Sherman, Texas

Friday, Sept. 2 – 2 p.m.

 

Sul Ross State vs Centenary

Austin College Tournament – Sherman, Texas

Friday, Sept. 2 – 4 p.m.

 

McMurry vs Centenary

Austin College Tournament – Sherman, Texas

Saturday, Sept. 3 – 9 a.m.

 

LeTourneau vs Centenary

Austin College Tournament – Sherman, Texas

Saturday, Sept. 3 – 9 p.m.

 

Live Stats and Video

Live coverage will not be available for the Austin College Tournament. However, all matches in the Gold Dome will be streamed live by clicking here while live stats are available by clicking here.

 

The All-Time Series

The Ladies are 1-4 all-time against Mary-Hardin Baylor, having lost the last three matches by straight sets. However, Centenary and the Crusaders have not met since the 2013 season. Sul Ross State and the Maroon and White have split their four meetings, with Sul Ross State having won the last two meetings in 2014 and 2015 in five sets.

The Ladies are 0-5 against McMurry and 4-6 against LeTourneau.

Finally, the Ladies hold a 3-1 advantage against Jarvis Christian. After losing the first meeting in Hawkins in five sets in 2014, Centenary has won the last three. In 2015, the Ladies won both match-ups in four sets.

Jarvis Christian 2015 Match 1 | Match 2

 

Season Preview

Interview with the SCAC

It will be an unusual make-up for Centenary in 2016 for fourth-year head coach Caley Carter. The team will feature no seniors, two juniors, seven sophomores and two freshmen.

Despite losing six players from last year’s squad, Centenary returns players who generated 73.6 percent (739-of-1004) of its kills as well as 79.2 percent of its digs (1137-of-1428). But where the Ladies were the most lethal was from the service line. Centenary led the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference with 1.71 aces per set, and even broke the Centenary aces in a single match record. They managed 30 aces in only three sets October 21 against Rust.

Junior outside hitter Desiree Frey easily led the team last year with 242 kills (2.35 per set) and a .144 hitting percentage. Freshman outside hitter Hailey Lawson contributed all-around for the Ladies, even appearing as a libero in a few matches. She led the team with 344 digs (3.28 per set), finished second with 165 kills (1.57 kills per set) and added four double-doubles.

Junior setter Allison Lazewski led the team last year with 476 assists (4.37 per set).

Although Centenary loses more than half of its blocking from last season, sophomore middle blocker Michaela Brantley returns after finishing second on the team in 2015 with 41 blocks. She tallied 11 kills in 14 attempts with no errors (.786 percent) at Jarvis Christian on October 7.

Finally, Centenary welcomes two defensive specialists in freshmen Kristian Loving and Marrisa Sandoval to compliment sophomore Amanda Farr. Mostly playing libero in 2015, Farr finished third on the team with 238 digs (2.45 digs per set).

The Ladies, picked to finish eighth in the SCAC in a vote among the conference’s head coaches, will host the 2016 SCAC Tournament. Centenary will also host its annual Halloween Tournament October 28-30.