Colonels drop road volleyball doubleheader at Hendrix
CONWAY, Ark. – The Centre volleyball team began its SAA slate on Saturday with a road tri-match at Hendrix. The Colonels suffered a pair of losses on the day, falling to the host Warriors in five sets before losing to Austin College in straight sets.
Centre used a run of seven straight points – three coming from aces by senior Morgan Babey (LaGrange, Ky.) to break open the first set against Spalding. Senior Hailey Foote (Prospect, Ky.) added an ace of her own to secure a 25-16 victory.
In the second set, Centre held a 16-12 lead midway through the frame but Hendrix used a 13-4 run to finish off the set and even the match at 1-1.
The Colonels responded in the third set, taking advantage of Warriors errors to gradually extend their lead and take a 2-1 lead in the match after a closing kill from senior Zoe Doubles (Troutville, Va.)
The fourth set belonged to the Warriors. A 10-2 Hendrix run gave the home team a 25-13 victory and pushed the match to its fifth and final set.
Leading 10-8 in the final set, Hendrix would score the next six points to force a match point, but the Colonels clawed back. Centre scored the next five points to force their own match point, but could not get the final kill as Hendrix scored the final three points to take the match.
Hailey Foote led the way for Centre with 13 kills, followed by sophomore Peyton Vacala (Savannah, Ga.) with ten. Freshman Kylie Cochran (Buckner, Ky.) had a game high 30 assists for the Colonels. Morgan Babey led all players with 16 digs, with Vacala chipping in a dozen digs.
Against Austin, the Kangaroos took control early in the first set, using a 14-2 run to break a 2-2 tie, eventually cruising to a 25-9 victory.
The Colonels dug themselves out of a hole in the second set to rally and tie the score at 18-18 after a kill from freshman Perrin Long (Covington, Ky.), but Austin went on a run of their own, winning the set with a 7-0 spurt.
In a repeat of the first two sets, the Colonels found themselves down by a wide margin early, this time by a 17-4 deficit. However the Colonels scored 14 of the next 18 points to narrow the gap to three points. Once again the Kangaroos closed strong, scoring three straight to take a 25-19 win and the match.
Foote once again led Centre with seven kills, with her seven digs also representing a team high. Cochran paced the Colonels with 15 assists.
Centre volleyball will be looking to snap their skid on Sunday when they travel to Memphis and take on Rhodes.