Ladies Volleyball Breezes Past Past Texas College in First Ever Meeting
Junior Desiree Frey hit a career match-best .404.
Ladies Volleyball Breezes Past Past Texas College in First Ever Meeting
Monday, October 17, 2016
Centenary (LA) (4-18)
Texas College (0-10)
10/17/2016 | Tyler, Texas | Attendance: 77
Centenary (LA)252525 -- --
Texas College141713 -- --
Stats at a GlanceCENTTC
Hitting Pct..216-.041
Total Attacks10273
Statistical LeadersCENTTC
KillsDesiree Frey - 16
Lexxus Hamilton - 7
AssistsAllison Lazewski - 26
Tiffany Simmons - 7
AcesHailey Lawson - 3
Finaris Palmer - 1
DigsAllison Lazewski - 7
Jordan Pope - 12
BlocksMichaela Brantley - 1
Ashley Brown - 1
Hailey Lawson - 1
Shannon Orlopp - 1
Jordan Pope - 1
Carla Boyce - 1
Linet Juma - 1

TYLER, Texas – It was the first of two meetings between the Ladies and the Steers this week. If Monday night, Oct. 17, was any indication, the Maroon and White faithful are in for a great match Wednesday in the Gold Dome.

Centenary (4-18) scored the first seven points of the match and never looked back in a straight-set win against Texas College (0-10), 25-14, 25-17, 25-13 in Tyler, Texas.

“We played a great match tonight. We looked disciplined and organized,” said head coach Caley Carter. “Our offense was successful, and that was largely to Desiree’s hitting on the outside. If we can keep this level going in to our final weekend of conference play, we have a good chance to beat Schreiner and take a few sets against a couple of teams.”

With Texas College on serve to begin the match, sophomore Ashley Brown recorded a kill to put classmate Hailey Lawson on serve. Brown, sophomore Makenzie Shaw, junior Desiree Frey, and then kills by Brown and Frey quickly put Centenary up six. A hitting error by the Steers punctuated the run.

Centenary trailed only once the entire match.

Frey recorded a career match-best .404 hitting percentage with 16 kills and only three errors on 32 swings. As a team, the Ladies hit .216 (39 kills and 17 errors on 102 swings) while the Steers hit negative-.041 (16 kills and 19 errors on 73 attacks).

Centenary led 16-9 in the first set when another Brown kill put herself on serve. Three attack errors by the home team and a Frey kill pushed the lead to 21-9.

With Centenary up 23-10, an attack error put the Steers’ Finaris Palmer on serve. An attack error, ace, and block by Carla Boyce and Jordan Pope brought the lead back to single digits. However, a Texas College error and a kill off an overpass by sophomore Michaela Brantley ended the set.

With the second set tied at two, an 8-2 run blew the frame open. A Frey kill put Shaw on serve. An assisted block from Brantley and sophomore Shannon Orlopp, followed by a pair of kills by Lawson put the Ladies up 6-2. Texas College scored a pair of points to cut the lead in half. But two home attack errors, a Frey kill and another Lawson kill put Centenary up 10-4.

Lawson finished the match with 10 kills and four errors on 19 swings (.316 hitting percentage).

At 13-8, sophomore Allison Lazewski stepped to the service line. A Lawson and Brown kill, with Lazewski clipping the top of the net with two serves that fell in, pushed the Centenary lead to 17-8. Lazewski led the Ladies for the match in both assists (26) and digs (seven).

Centenary won the second set by eight and looked for its first sweep of the season.

Texas College took a 3-1 lead in the final set, but the Maroon and White countered with a 6-0 run to take the lead for good. A kill by Frey and a ball-handling error tied the frame. Brantley and Frey added kills, and a pair of Steers’ attack errors capped the 6-0 run.

At 15-9, a Texas College service error proved the catalyst to another 6-0 run. Two errors by the home team, two Lawson aces and a Frey killed put Centenary up 21-9. Centenary had eight aces to just one for the Steers in the match, with Lawson leading the Ladies with three aces.

Fittingly, a Frey ace ended the match.

Centenary is third in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference with 1.80 aces per set, with Lawson ranking second individually with 0.51 aces per set.

Lexxus Hamilton led Texas College with 10 digs and seven kills.

Centenary finally returns home for the first time in more than a month with a pair of matches Wednesday, October 19. The Ladies play Rust at 6 p.m. for Faculty Night, while they finish the night against Texas College at 8 p.m.