Hitters heat up as, block thrown up as Ladies Blow by Jarvis Christian in four sets
Freshman Michaela Brantley turned in the best hitting game in the conference this season with 11 kills on 14 swings and no errors (.786). Photo courtesy of Jon Anderson
Hitters heat up as, block thrown up as Ladies Blow by Jarvis Christian in four sets
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Centenary (4-16)
Jarvis Christian (6-18)
10/7/2015 | Hawkins, Texas | Attendance: 138
Centenary21252525 --
Jarvis Christian2581221 --
Stats at a GlanceCENTJCC
Hitting Pct..396.071
Total Attacks10699
Statistical LeadersCENTJCC
KillsMichaela Brantley - 11
Lindsey Long - 11
Averis Johnson - 8
AssistsRachel Perkins - 27
Averis Johnson - 10
McKenzie Rodriguez - 10
AcesHailey Lawson - 1
Desiree Frey - 1
Christina NeSmith - 1
McKenzie Rodriguez - 6
DigsHailey Lawson - 10
Talicia Lang - 7
Keshanti Tidwell - 7
McKenzie Rodriguez - 7
BlocksChristina NeSmith - 5
Talicia Lang - 2
Keshanti Tidwell - 2

HAWKINS, Texas – After the Ladies held a late lead and lost the first set, the Maroon and White put on quite the performance against the Bulldogs.

Centenary College (4-16) outhit Jarvis Christian (6-18) .396-.071, including .667-.130 in the third set alone, en route to the 21-25, 25-8, 25-12, 25-21 win Wednesday night (October 7) in Hawkins, Texas.

The Ladies hit .480 (43 kills on seven errors on 75 swings) in sets 2-4.

“I’m happy with how the Ladies played tonight,” said head coach Caley Carter. “We finally fought through the end of each set and we were able to see that bravery gets us wins. I’m especially satisfied with our offensive performance. We’ve been working on this all season, and we just haven’t seen the good timing with our setters and hitters until tonight.”

The hitting percentage, 53 kills and only 11 errors on 106 swings, was the best team hitting percentage since the Ladies hit .421 against Milwaukee September 2, 2011. It was also the third-best htting percentage for a match in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference this season.

The .667 hitting percentage in the third set alone (16 kills on 24 attacks with no errors) is a set high for Centenary this season.

It was also a coming out party for freshman Michaela Brantley, who hit .786 with 11 kills and no errors on 14 swings. It was the best hitting percentage for a player with double-digit kills in the SCAC season.

But to focus just on hitting would be a diservice to a stingy Centenary block. The Maroon and White contributed a season high nine blocks while senior Christina NeSmith led the way with five assisted rejections. Classmate Lindsey Long added 11 kills and four blocks while freshman Makenzie Shaw contributed a trio of blocks.

Brantley chipped in with a pair of rejections while classmate Hailey Lawson turned in a solid match with six kills on eight swings and no errors (.750) with 10 digs and two rejections.

Finally, senior Rachel Perkins and sophomore Allison Lazewski tallied solid setting matches. Perkins led the way with 27 assists on 50 attempts for a .540 percentage. Lazewski chipped-in 18 assists on 42 attempts (.429).

After the Bulldogs rallied from a 19-16 deficit to take set one, the Ladies flexed their muscle with long service rallies in set two. Tied at 4-4, sophomore Amanda Farr went on a three-point service run to give the Maroon and White some breathing room. Up 9-5, sophomore Desiree Frey added a trio of kills to open up a 12-5 advantage. Jarvis Christian answered with 2-of-3 points, but the Ladies scored 10-straight on Long’s serve. After Long and NeSmith teamed up for a block, Lawson and NeSmith added the assisted block. A Lawson solo block and five hitting errors by the Bulldogs pushed Centenary to match point. Both teams sided out to end the frame.

While the Ladies added a solid .364 hitting percentage in set two, Jarvis Christian was held to a negative-.348.

The third set saw Centenary heat up in its attacks. Frey went 5-for-8, Brantley went 3-for-4, and even Lazewski converted both attacks on the second touch. Perkins went on two service rallies of five points, including closing out the set, to give the Ladies the frame by 13.

Both teams went stride-for-stride in the fourth. With Centenary trailing 16-15, the Ladies went on a 6-1 run to stake a four point lead. A Lawson kill ended the match.

The Ladies step back in to SCAC play this weekend when they travel to Dallas to face the host Crusaders, as well as Austin College and nationally-ranked Colorado College. Centenary plays the hosts at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 10.