Big Comeback for Centre Volleyball over Piedmont
In a stirring match at Piedmont this afternoon, the Colonels spotted Piedmont two sets (22-25, 23-25), and then took the next three games (25-19, 25-22, 15-12) to earn their second road victory in as many days.
"Extremely satisfactory," was the initial reaction of Head Coach James Neyhouse. Graciously elaborating, he added, "When we lost the second set after being up 23-21, we could have chosen to fold. Instead our team showed our Centre Pride: I am proud of them! Now we need to use this experience as a building block towards next weekend," (against Millsaps and Birmingham Southern at home), " and beyond."
The last point of the match was a transaction between sisters junior Catherine and freshman Elizabeth Janszen (oddly enough, both from Cincinnati, OH): Catherine notched one of her 16 kills off one of Elizabeth's 13 assists. In addition, Catherine found time for two blocks and 20 digs, while Elizabeth used her jump serve to score two aces, the same number as achieved by Kary Stivers, the Louisville, Ky junior.
While Centre could boast only one sister act today, there were several other major contributors. In fact, as Coach Neyhouse pointed out, "When we share the responsibilities the best, we are at our best; and our best is really very good!"
Among those who shared with their "sister players" was senior Jenna Foushee (Louisville, KY) with 17 digs and much general leadership on the back row. Then there was Beth Cecil, the Bardstown, KY freshman, whose 17 kills was neatly complemented by a .302 hitting efficiency and 11 digs.
Other determined "killers" on the loose were junior Lydia Prevost (Knoxville, TN) with eight kills along with three blocks, and Suzanne Asbury, the sophomore from Louisville, KY, who had one more block and one less kill than Lydia. Kimberly Lownds (Evergreen, CO), a junior, on her way to hitting .455, generated five more kills.
All of this offense was ably enabled by Stivers, who assisted her hitters 36 times, before the junior Janszen (who is actually a freshman, as documented above) helped end the match with her set to Catherine Janszen, the junior.