September 16, 2012
Centre Volleyball Stays “In Zone”, Beats Oglethorpe
Earlier today the Centre Volleyball Team continued its winning ways (two, so far, and, it hopes, counting) by defeating Oglethorpe College in four games at home. (It should be noted that "home" this weekend was Bowman Gym, pressed into service due to campus arrangements for the upcoming Vice Presidential Debate on October 11).
Meanwhile the match this afternoon was another tough test for Centre: The first game was tied at 21, 22, 23, and 24 before the Colonels fought for two final points. The rest of the way was scarcely easier, particularly since it included a 25-21 loss in game three. However, victories in games two (25-20) and four (25-19) allowed Centre not only a hard-earned win but also undefeated status in its new conference, the SAA.
Sophomore Suzanne Asbury (Louisville, KY) had a big day for Centre, both defensively and offensively: The league's leading blocker added six today, and found time for 13 kills on her way to hitting .400. Number six in the SAA in blocks is Lydia Prevost (Knoxville, TN), and the junior matched her teammate's six blocks while notching eight kills. Reaching double digits in digs were Jenna Foushee, the senior from Louisville, KY with 13, and freshman Elizabeth Janszen (Cincinnati, OH), who had 10. Elizabeth also recorded 15 assists, second only to junior Kary Stivers (Louisville, KY), who dished out 21. Two was the magic number for service aces as Asbury, Prevost, junior Catherine Janszen (Cincinnati, OH), and sophomore Hope Wigginton (Campbellsville, KY) each twice served balls that Oglethorpe failed to return.
Catherine and Elizabeth Janszen, noted above, turn out to be sisters; and, although archivists are making a final check, they are believed to be the first sisters to play simultaneously for Centre Volleyball. First or not, according to Head Coach James Neyhouse, "Both 'Cat' and 'Liz' are among the key players who, I believe, give our team a legitimate opportunity to compete against any other D III program."
Jim and Iveta Janszen, both physicians, were among the many parents present in support of the team today. Jim stated, "I think that the girls are coming together as a team"; and there is increasing evidence to support his opinion. Iveta, who inspired the clever title for this article, remarked, "The girls finished strong because they were in their zone." (Centre fans can be pardoned for hoping that their players stay there.)