Volleyball Opens 2017 Season with Tri-Match Sweep

Volleyball Opens 2017 Season with Tri-Match Sweep

DANVILLE, Ky. – The Centre volleyball team kicked off its 2017 season with a tri-match in Alumni Gym as the Colonels took on Berea and Spalding. The Colonels won both matches in straight sets.

Against Berea, Centre got off to a hot start. The Colonels quickly built a ten-point lead at 15-5 and the lead never dipped below eight points the rest of the way as sophomore Keeley Morton (Bristol, Tenn.) put home the final kill on a 25-14 victory in the first set.

Berea held a small lead for the majority of the second set, but Centre slowly crept ahead, with an ace from senior Zoe Doubles (Troutville, Va.) forcing a set point and sophomore Peyton Vacala (Savannah, Ga.) securing the last kill as Centre defeated the Mountaineers 25-21.

The third set played out in a similar fashion to the second, with Berea holding a slight edge until a late Colonels rally. Freshman Savanna Roper (Hendersonville, N.C.) delivered a pair of clutch kills and Vacala clinched the match with the final kill in a 25-20 Centre victory.

Morton and Vacala led a balanced Centre scoring effort with nine kills each. Freshman Kylie Cochran (Buckner, Ky.) recorded 31 of the team's 37 assists in her collegiate debut. Vacala paced the Colonels with 18 digs, with seniors Morgan Babey (LaGrange, Ky.) and Hailey Foote (Prospect, Ky.) adding 13 and 11 digs, respectively.

Against Spalding, Centre again jumped out to a quick lead as Hailey Foote spurned the Colonels to a 17-9 advantage. Foote's final kill of the set gave Centre a 25-15 victory in the opening frame.

Spalding kept it closer in the second set, but the Colonels scored five straight points on the serving of Peyton Vacala and held off a late Spalding rally as freshman Aby Dallas (Bowling Green, Ky.) and Vacala put away the final two kills of a 25-19 Centre win.

In the third and final set, Spalding rallied to tie the score at 22-22, but Centre responded with the final three points of the match, with sophomore Bailey Vernon (Old Hickory, Tenn.) putting the Colonels ahead for good.

Foote led all players with 16 kills in the match. Cochran chipped in with 28 of Centre's 34 assists for a match high. Babey and Vacala each led the way for Centre with 13 digs, representing game high totals, with Cochran adding ten digs.

The Colonels will be back in action on Friday as they travel to Hanover for a road tilt with the Panthers.