Colonels Drop Road Volleyball Tilt at Mount St. Joseph
CINCINNATI – A slow start spelled doom for the Centre volleyball team as their comeback attempt fell short in a four-set loss to the Mount St. Joseph Lions on Wednesday night.
In the first set, Mount St. Joseph used an 11-2 run to turn a two-point deficit into a seven-point lead and never looked back from there as the Colonels could get no closer than four points the rest of the way in a 25-19 MSJ win.
The Lions played even better in the second set, scoring the first four points of the frame and leading by as many as 13 points, which ended up being the final margin as the Lions won 25-12.
Centre fought back in the third set, building an early 8-4 lead and holding off a late Lions rally with the final three points of the set. Freshman Savanna Roper (Hendersonville, N.C.) stopped MSJ's run with a kill and then teamed with freshman Kylie Cochran (Buckner, Ky.) on a block to force a set point. Sophomore Rylee Bledsoe denied the Lions the sweep with an ace to give Centre a 25-22 win.
Mount St. Joseph began the fourth set like they had in the first two sets of the match, getting off to a fast start. This time the Colonels clawed back as kills by sophomores Bailey Vernon (Old Hickory, Tenn.) and Keeley Morton (Bristol, Tenn.) tied the score at 16-16. Looking to extend the match to a fifth and final set, the Colonels could not slow down a final run by MSJ, who scored seven of the next eight points and eventually won by a score of 25-19.
Sophomore Peyton Vacala (Savannah, Ga.) led the way for Centre with nine kills, while Morton and freshman Perrin Long (Covington, Ky.) added two. Cochran contributed 22 of the team's 24 assists on the night for a match high while also chipping in with ten digs and a match high three aces. Senior Morgan Babey (LaGrange, Ky.) recorded a match high 17 digs for the Colonels.
Next up for the Centre volleyball team will be a trip to Conway, Ark. for a Saturday tri-match against the Hendrix Warriors and the Austin College Kangaroos.