Sweep of Day Lifts Volleyball to .500; Coach Carlton Tallies First Win at Centenary
Saturday, September 2, 2017
Sul Ross State Univ. (1-2)
Centenary College (1-2)
9/2/2017 | Sherman, TX | Attendance: 87
Sul Ross State Univ.212323 -- --
Centenary College252525 -- --
Stats at a GlanceSRSUCENTVB
Hitting Pct..061.116
Total Attacks114121
Statistical LeadersSRSUCENTVB
KillsBreeann Sturges - 9
Hailey Lawson - 16
AssistsMirella Thomas - 9
Stephanie Diaz - 9
Brittany Risner - 17
AcesMcKenna Thomas - 2
Hailey Lawson - 5
DigsMcKenna Thomas - 16
Desiree Frey - 14
BlocksAutumn Kilpatrick - 4
Michaela Brantley - 2

SHERMAN, Texas – “It’s not how you start, but how you finish” certainly applied to Ladies volleyball on Saturday, September 2.

Centenary (2-2) rallied from early deficits in each set to knock off Sul Ross State (1-3) in straight sets 25-21, 25-23, 25-23, in the first match of the day. In its final match of the weekend against Paul Quinn (0-4), the Ladies rolled to a straight-set win, 25-10, 25-6, 25-18 to close out the Austin College Classic.

The two victories for Centenary first-year head coach Caroline Carolton were here first collegiate wins as a head coach.

“Opening weekend proved successful on many accounts. Our 2-2 finish could not have been more exciting, and the best part is every player had a hand in it,” explained coach Carlton. “After a heartbreaking loss to Howard Payne Friday night, we came out ready to compete on Saturday. We were able to work on different rotations and get the first day jitters out.

“We know exactly what we need to work on moving forward and we are ready for a great season ahead,” added Carlton.

For the day, both senior Desiree Frey and junior Haley Lawson tallied 19 kills, with Lawson hitting .378. In her first action of her collegiate career, freshman Brittany Risner added 45 assists and four aces.

Both Lawson and Frey recorded double-doubles against Sul Ross State, as Frey added a team-high 25 digs (4.17 per set). Sophomore Marissa Sandoval added 17 digs (3.40 per set).

In the final match of the day, service runs early put the Ladies up big. Tied at two in the first, Centenary score 9-of-10 to take control. Junior Makenzie Shaw wrapped a pair of kills around a Frey ace. A Lawson and junior Michaela Brantley kill put the Ladies up five.

After both teams sided out, a Tigers’ error and two freshman Kristian Loving aces pushed the lead to 11-3. An ace from junior Shannon Orlopp and a kill by Frey ended the set, 25-10

The Ladies won the set by 15, thanks in part to a .538 hitting percentage.

In set two, the Maroon and White kicked it up another notch by running out to a 12-1 lead. An attack error, a Sandoval ace, and a pair of Frey kills put Centenary up 4-0. Both teams sided out before the Ladies scored seven unanswered on Risner’s serve. During the run, Risner hit a pair of aces, Paul Quinn hit three attack errors, and classmate Lauren Pilcher capped the run with a kill. The Ladies hit .417 in the set, and scored the last 8-of-9, for the 25-6 win.

Centenary raced out to a 12-4 lead in the third, but Paul Quinn rallied to tie the match at 14. With the Ladies up eight, seven-straight attack errors pulled the Tigers within one. After both teams hit side outs, a block by Joydazia Norman and Chrisshay Lewis tied the set at 14. A mini service run put the Ladies back up four, and Centenary claimed a 25-18 win to complete the sweep.

Centenary never trailed in the match and held Paul Quinn to a negative-.100 hitting percentage. The Ladies used a 39-7 advantage in kills and 13-5 lead in aces to down the Tigers in straight sets. Individually, Brantley and Frey had nine kills to lead Centenary, with Brantley hitting .375 (nine kills and three errors on 16 attempts).

Te’Ana Washington and Norman paced the Tigers with a pair of kills.

In the first match against Sul Ross State, Lawson led the Ladies by hitting .333 (16 kills and five errors on 33 swings) and added 11 digs for her first double-double of the season. She also added five aces and no reception errors. Frey hit a double-double with 10 kills and 14 digs, while Risner contributed 17 assists off the bench in her first match of the season.

While the Ladies swept the Lobos, the Maroon and White finished sets strong to claim its first victory of the season. Down 16-11 in the first set, Centenary scored 6-of-7 to tie the match. After a Frey kill, Lawson stepped to the service line and immediately cut the deficit in half with a pair of aces. After a Sul Ross State error brought the Ladies within one, the Lobos sided out push the deficit back to two.

However, two more Lobos’ errors tied the set at 17. Tied at 20, an attack error and Lawson kill put Centenary up two. After both teams sided out, junior Allison Lazewski hit an ace and Sul Ross State made an attack error to end the frame.

Set two saw the Ladies go down 20-18. However, the Maroon and White came up big on Frey’s serve to score four straight. After a kill put herself on serve, a hitting error tied the match, and an assisted block by Lawson and Orlopp put Centenary in the lead for good. Lawson punctuated the run with a kill.

With the Ladies up 24-23 and on its second set point, Brantley slammed a kill to put Centenary up a pair of sets.

However, the Ladies dug themselves in a 13-6 hole in the finale and later trailed 18-12. After a Brantley kill and a Lobos’ error, both teams sided out to put Risner on serve. Kills from Lawson and junior Shyann Pisano, followed by another Sul Ross miscue, cut the deficit to one.

Later, the Ladies trailed 21-19 before another four unanswered gave the Ladies its first lead in the set since 1-0. After a Lawson kill, Sandoval tied the match with an ace. After a ball-handling error put Centenary up, Lawson put the exclamation point on the spurt with a kill.

Sul Ross tied the set at 23, but a Lawson kill and a Brantley solo block ended the match. Lawson connected on eight kills with no errors on 12 attempts (.667) in the third set alone.

Centenary returns to action Tuesday, September 5, when it travels west on I-20 to take on regional rival East Texas Baptist in Marshall. First serve is set for 7 p.m.