Centre Volleyball Beats Sewanee for Fourth Straight SAA Win

Centre Volleyball Beats Sewanee for Fourth Straight SAA Win

DANVILLE, Ky. (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre volleyball team improved to .500 on the year with a four-set victory over the Sewanee Tigers on Tuesday in Alumni Gym. The Colonels now have a record of 7-3 in Southern Athletic Association contests and have won four straight matches in conference play.

The opening set saw the Colonels grab the early lead but the Tigers responded with an 11-3 run to go in front, where they would stay for the rest of the set as Sewanee won by a score of 25-21.

The Colonels dominated the second set, breaking a 6-6 tie by outscoring the Tigers 19-7 the rest of the way, with freshman Peyton Vacala (Savannah, Ga.) putting home the final kill of the 25-13 Centre victory.

The final two sets would require extra points. In the third set, both teams fought off a set point before the Colonels prevailed 26-24 thanks to a clinching kill by freshman Keeley Morton (Bristol, Tenn.).

Sewanee held a small lead throughout the fourth set as they looked to extend the match to its final frame. The Tigers held a set point at 25-24, but Vacala took over the rest of the set, tying the contest with a kill and then clinching it for the Colonels with a pair of aces as Centre won 27-25.

Vacala and junior Hailey Foote (Prospect, Ky.) each led the way for Centre with 11 kills in the match while Keeley Morton added ten kills. Senior and reigning SAA Offensive Player of the Week Shelby Foote (Prospect, Ky.) finished with 26 assists to lead Centre, with senior Katherine Hagan (Whitesville, Ky.) contributing 16 assists. Hailey Foote paced Centre with 18 digs against Sewanee, with Vacala and junior Morgan Babey (LaGrange, Ky.) each adding double digit digs in the effort.

The Colonels went 4-2 on their stretch of consecutive home games with all four of the wins coming in conference play. Centre will travel to Jackson, Miss. on Saturday to take on the Millsaps Majors and the Austin Kangaroos in a tri-match. Centre defeated Millsaps in four sets on Sept. 17 in their home opener.