Ladies Drop Another 5-Set Thriller to Grambling State
Centenary matched a season high with five blocks (Photo courtesy of Curt Youngblood).
Ladies Drop Another 5-Set Thriller to Grambling State
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Grambling State (8-15)
Centenary (LA) (8-11)
10/5/2017 | Shreveport, La. | Attendance: 217
Grambling State1825202515
Centenary (LA)2517251410
Stats at a GlanceGRAMVBCENTVB
Hitting Pct..247.095
Total Attacks150137
Statistical LeadersGRAMVBCENTVB
KillsKevreion Ward - 16
Michaela Brantley - 7
Desiree Frey - 7
AssistsDiemend Richardson - 26
Allison Lazewski - 13
Brittany Risner - 13
AcesL'Muriell Thrower - 4
Marissa Sandoval - 4
DigsErineka Mollere - 22
Marissa Sandoval - 17
BlocksJaivieanna Jones - 8
Michaela Brantley - 4

SHREVEPORT, La. – The Ladies put multiple service runs together, but the Tigers answered with the most blocks (15) by a Maroon and White opponent this season as Centenary (8-11) lost in five sets to Grambling State (8-15) 18-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-14, 15-10 Thursday night, October 5.

The Tigers and Ladies split the first two sets before a service run in the third put the Ladies up. Down 15-12, a service error put sophomore Marissa Sandoval on serve. She preceded to strike four aces to give Centenary a two-point lead. Grambling State tied the set at 18, but the Ladies responded with a kill from junior Michaela Brantley, a Tigers attack error, and a block from Brantley and senior Desiree Frey.

Later in third up 23-20, a Grambling State miscue brought the Ladies to set point. Centenary forced multiple overpasses for the Tigers, but could not finish until junior Makenzie Shaw put a shot down the line that fell for a kill and put Centenary up 2-1.

Frey led the team with seven kills, while Sandoval paced the team with 17 digs and four aces. Junior Hailey Lawson contributed a trio of aces to move into second in the Ladies career annals.

With Centenary trailing 15-13 in the fourth, Grambling State answered with a 10-1 run to tie the match. Chasity Nicks put L’Muriell Thrower on serve with a kill, and a kill from Jaivienna Jones and a triple-block from Jones, Nicks, and Tess Reynolds put the visitors up five.

Grambling State took advantage of a 15-5 edge on blocks to win the match. Jones had 12 kills and eight blocks, while Kevreion Ward had a match-best 16 kills and five blocks.

With the Tigers leading 18-14 in the fourth, seven-straight points ended the set and tied the match. Jones tallied a kill to put Nicks on serve. Centenary hit an error and a Nicks kill put Grambling State up 21-14. Another triple block, this time by Reynolds, Jones, and Talicia Long, followed by an error, put the visitors up nine. A Reynolds kill off an overpass and a Nicks ace ended tied the match.

In the fifth, Centenary scored three unanswered to take a 3-1 lead. Down a point, a service error and a pair of Tigers hitting errors put the Ladies up a pair. Tied at 5, Grambling State scored six-straight to take the lead for good in the match. Ward had a kill and assisted blocks by Ward-Kayla Dougherty and Nicks-Dougherty forced a Centenary timeout. A pair of kills by Nicks around an unassisted kill by Ward put the visitors up six. Grambling State went on to claim the fifth by five to win the match.

Centenary trailed 13-11 in the first set until a Shaw kill put junior Shannon Orlopp on serve. Five points off Orlopp’s serve, with three Grambling State errors and kills from Lawson and senior Allison Lazewski, gave the Ladies the lead for good in the opening frame.

Centenary returns to action Friday, October 6, when it travels to Longview, Texas, to take on LeTourneau at 3 and Jarvis Christian at 5 p.m.