Ladies Volleyball Sweeps Day in Pair of Matches at LeTourneau
Junior Michaela Brantley hit .409 in match two against Jarvis Christian (Photo courtesy of Curt Youngblood).
Ladies Volleyball Sweeps Day in Pair of Matches at LeTourneau
Friday, October 6, 2017
Centenary (9-11)
LeTourneau (5-14)
10/6/2017 | Longview, Texas | Attendance: 73
Centenary252525 -- --
LeTourneau202119 -- --
Stats at a GlanceCENTVBLETU
Hitting Pct..172.081
Total Attacks116123
Statistical LeadersCENTVBLETU
KillsDesiree Frey - 13
Savanna Stutts - 12
AssistsBrittany Risner - 15
Allison Lazewski - 15
Korissa White - 18
AcesHailey Lawson - 2
Liz Williams - 2
DigsMarissa Sandoval - 16
Liz Williams - 20
BlocksMichaela Brantley - 1.0
Savanna Stutts - 4.0

LONGVIEW, Texas – The Ladies picked up their first straight-set victory in Longview, Texas, in match one, and followed that up with a win in three sets against the Bulldogs to reach double-digit season victories for the first time in six years as Centenary (10-11) swept LeTourneau (6-14) 25-20, 25-21, 25-19 and Jarvis Christian (3-22) 25-14, 25-17, 25-23 Friday afternoon, October 6.

While both the Ladies and YellowJackets tallied 35 kills, Centenary took advantage LeTourneau’s 10 more hitting errors and a .172-.081 hitting percentage lead in the match.

In set one, Centenary led 9-8 before a 7-1 run gave the visitors a seven-point advantage. Junior Hailey Lawson put the Ladies on serve with a kill and a pair of attack errors quickly built the lead to four. Both teams hit errors before a pair of LeTourneau errors around a Lawson ace ran the advantage to seven.

Lawson finished the match with 11 kills, nine digs, and a pair of aces. The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference leader in aces (0.67 per set) hit one against Jarvis Christian in the second match to break the 150-mark for her career.

With Centenary on its second set point at 24-20 in set one, LeTourneau made a service error – its 14th miscue of the first – to put the Ladies up 1-0.

Two key service runs proved to be the difference in set two. With Centenary down 17-15, a kill from junior Michaela Brantley put sophomore Marissa Sandoval on serve. Two Lawson kills and a YellowJackets attack error brought the Ladies up a pair.

However, LeTourneau answered the run right back when a Centenary service error and hitting error, coupled with a Hailey Matthews kill, gave the home team one of its last leads of the night at 20-19.

Undaunted, Centenary scored five-straight to give itself four set points to go up a pair of sets. After a LeTourneau service error tied the set for the fifth time, the YellowJackets hit two errors and Lawson added a pair of kills – her fifth of the set – to push it to set point. Matthews killed an overpass for the home team, but a kill from sophomore Shannon Orlopp ended the set.

While LeTourneau scored the first point of the third, Centenary went on an 8-2 run to take a lead it never relinquished. The YellowJackets pulled within 21-19, but Centenary scored the final four points to finish off the sweep. An attack error put senior Desiree Frey on service, and an ace and two Lawson kills finished the match.

Frey recorded 13 kills and 14 digs for her ninth double-double of the season. With nine kills in the second match against Jarvis Christian, she now has 980 for her career – which ties her for fourth in the career annals with Danielle Bochat (2005-07).

Savanah Stutts led LeTourneau with 12 kills.

In the second match of the day, Centenary exerted its control early in the first two sets to beat Jarvis Christian in three. In set one, a service error put Lawson on serve up 3-1. An attack error, a Lawson ace, a kill from senior Allison Lazewski and another Bulldogs attack error put Centenary up 7-1. Later up 9-3, an 8-2 run gave Centenary a 12-point lead, its biggest of the set. Two errors and an Orlopp kill put the Ladies up nine. After both teams recorded a kill, Frey found the floor twice on her serve to push the lead to double-digits. After both teams sided out, a Brantley kill brought the lead to 12.

With four aces in the first set alone, a Sandoval ace fittingly ended the frame.

For the match, Brantley hit 11 kills on 22 swings with a pair of errors for a .409 hitting percentage.

In set two, the Ladies scored the first six points and never looked back, never trailing by less than five and winning the set by eight.

In a change of pace for the third, the Ladies rallied from a 17-11 deficit to win the final set by two to complete the sweep of the day. Down by six, an attack error brought Sandoval to the service line. Kills by Lawson and freshman Brittany Risner cut the deficit to two. After both teams sided out, the Ladies inched within one on a ball-handling error. After both teams sided out again, an assisted block by junior Makenzie Shaw and freshman Lauren Pilcher with a Frey kill gave Centenary its first lead of the third set at 20-19. Tied at 23, a pair of Bulldog errors ended the match and completed the Ladies win in three.

Frey added nine kills and 13 digs in the final match of the day and is 20 kills and 35 digs away from 1,000 in both categories for her Centenary career. Heidi George led the Bulldogs with 15 kills.

Centenary returns to action Friday, October 13, when it kicks off the second half of SCAC play with a trio of matches in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Ladies take on Austin College to begin the weekend at 5 p.m. (4 p.m. MDT).