Volleyball Rallies for Conference-Opening Win against Dallas in Five Sets
Junior Desiree Frey tallied a career-best 34 digs.
Volleyball Rallies for Conference-Opening Win against Dallas in Five Sets
Friday, September 16, 2016
Univ. of Dallas (4-6, 0-1 SCAC)
Centenary (LA) (2-8, 1-0 SCAC)
9/16/2016 | Colorado Springs, CO | Attendance: 102
Univ. of Dallas251825189
Centenary (LA)1525192515
Stats at a GlanceUDCENT
Hitting Pct..104.141
Total Attacks211191
Statistical LeadersUDCENT
KillsMairin Guilfoyle - 20
Michaela Brantley - 15
AssistsElizabeth Smith - 45
Makenzie Shaw - 21
AcesMary Scholz - 2
Marissa Sandoval - 3
DigsJessie Koster - 46
Desiree Frey - 34
BlocksMerit Paramo - 2
Kyndal Miller - 2
Ashley Brown - 4

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – After winning the fourth to set up a deciding fifth set, the Ladies made sure they left nothing to chance.

Trailing 2-1 in the last frame, the Ladies ripped off a 7-1 run and never led by less than four in the decider as Centenary (2-8, 1-0 SCAC) rallied past Dallas (4-6, 0-1 SCAC) 15-25, 25-18, 19-25, 25-18, 15-9 in the SCAC Divisional in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Friday night, Sept. 16.

"We finally had a winning mindset and believed in the system we have practiced," said head coach Caley Carter. "We definitely still have a lot of things to work on and will continue to work on mental toughness throughout the season, but this is a great start to our conference play."

Centenary managed to hit triple-digits in digs for the match with 101, the most since the Ladies had 103 in a five-set win at LeTourneau in November 2013. Junior Desiree Frey managed 34 digs herself, completing the double-double with 14 kills. Her 34 digs was easily a career-best and just three off the match record for the Ladies.

Sophomore Hailey Lawson dug out a career best 27 attack attempts.

Down 2-1 in sets and 1-0 in the fourth, Centenary seized control early on its own accord. Sophomore Michaela Brantley recorded a pair of kills. After both teams sided out, Frey and Lawson wrapped kills around an ace from freshman Marissa Sandoval. Sandoval led the team with three aces and added 18 digs.

Brantley managed six kills on 10 attempts for no errors in the fourth set alone, finishing the match with 15 kills and only three errors on 30 attempts. Her .400 percentage for the match was the highest for a Centenary player this season.

In the fifth, Dallas hit negative while Centenary managed seven kills and an ace to win by six. After a Dallas  attack error tied the set at two, an assisted block by Frey and sophomore Ashley  Brown, as well as a Sandoval ace, put Centenary up 4-2. Both teams managed a kill before two errors by Dallas’ Sarah Hughes around a Frey kill put the Ladies up 8-3. At 9-5, kills each by sophomore Makenzie Shaw, Lawson and Brantley built the lead to 12-5. Centenary sided out on every Dallas serve save at 14-8 in the fifth.

Shaw added her second career double-double with 21 assists and 10 digs.

Mairin Guilfoyle led Dallas with 20 kills while Diana Hassink had her own double-double with 11 kills and 16 digs. Jessie Koster led the Lady Crusaders with 46 digs.

After Dallas hit negative in the second as Centenary tied the match, the Lady Crusaders used a 13-3 push to take the third set. Down 16-12, two kills and a Hughes ace cut the Ladies lead to one. Brantley put the Ladies back up two, but two kills by Guilfoyle, a successful attack by Marit Paramo and an attack error by Centenary put Dallas in the lead for good in the set.

Centenary returns to action tomorrow for a pair of conference matches. The Ladies will take on host Colorado College at 1:30 p.m. (12:30 p.m. local), before finishing the weekend with Austin College at 4 p.m. (3 p.m. local).