Centre volleyball scores comeback win over Kentucky State
DANVILLE, Ky. – The Centre volleyball played the last of eight consecutive home games, hosting the Kentucky State Thorobreds on Wednesday evening in Alumni Gym. The Colonels came from behind to push the match to its limit, overcoming a 2-0 set deficit to take the match in five sets.
The opening set saw Kentucky State grab a slight lead halfway through the period and keep it for the rest of the set, eventually winning by a score of 25-20.
In the second set, both teams traded the lead multiple times until the Thorobreds made a late rally, scoring eight of the final ten points to take a 25-18 win and take a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Colonels took control midway through the third set, highlighted by the serving skills of senior Morgan Babey (LaGrange, Ky.), who delivered a run of three consecutive aces to spurn Centre to a 24-17 lead. Kentucky State fought off several match points before the Colonels eventually took a 25-20 victory to extend the contest.
The fourth set played out in a similar fashion to the third, with Centre using a run midway to take an eight-point lead. KSU would threaten, scoring the next five points to make it 23-20, but freshman Kylie Cochran (Buckner, Ky.) stopped the run with a block and a KSU error on the next point gave Centre the 25-20 win to push the match to the fifth and final set.
Senior Zoe Doubles (Troutville, Va.) gave the Colonels the early lead in the fifth set with a pair of aces. The Thorobreds rallied after the teams switched sides on the eighth point to tie the score at 11-11. Centre eventually forced a match point and after Kentucky State fended off the first one, a KSU serve out of bounds secured the 15-13 victory and the match for the Colonels.
Sophomore Peyton Vacala (Savannah, Ga.) paced the Colonels with ten kills. Cochran finished with a team high 28 assists. Babey led Centre with 13 digs, while Vacala finished with 12 and senior Hailey Foote (Prospect, Ky.) added 11. The Colonels also finished with a season high 12 aces in the match, led by Morgan Babey with six.
The Colonels went 6-2 on their eight-game home stretch and will take to the road this weekend as they take on Millsaps and Birmingham Southern in conference action.