September 30, 2012
Lyon Gobbled Up by Centre Volleyball
Playing their fourth match of a weekend divided between Arkansas and Tennessee, Centre's volleyball team stayed strong and beat Lyon in straight sets that were remarkably similar, 25-18, 25-19, and back to 25-18. Head Coach James Neyhouse was pleased to win the non-league match against an NAIA school: "They were definitely worthy opponents; and, since the NAIA allows athletic scholarships, when we try to recruit the same players, I have to sell us based on 'just our merits as an institution of higher learning': I believe that the advantage is all mine when I have the opportunity to present Centre College."
Giving the Colonels the advantage, at least in this match, was a steady performance throughout the contest. Sophomore Suzanne Asbury (Louisville, KY) came up with five more blocks, and eight more kills, but could manage a hitting efficiency of "only" .571. Freshman Beth Cecil (Bardstown, KY) also showed up on both sides of the net when she duplicated Asbury's eight kills, and added two blocks.
Catherine Janszen, the junior from Cincinnati, OH, led the Colonels in kills with nine. Assisting the hitters were Elizabeth Janszen (Cincinnati, OH), a freshman, with 14 assists, and junior Kary Stivers (Louisville, KY) who had 11. Elizabeth also had two service aces, as did fellow freshman Abbi Jacobi (Louisville, KY).
Digs, with 10 each, were handled aptly by senior Jenna Foushee (Louisville, KY), and Paige Poggemeier. The latter is a freshman, who is the first Colonel volleyballer known to be from Missouri (St. Charles, in fact).
Centre appears to be back in its "good zone" as they enter the second half of their regular season. "Our young team has matured significantly in the six weeks that we've been together," according to Coach Neyhouse, "while I have simply aged. Seriously I am proud of our team and their progress. I expect that our trend line will continue upward." Meanwhile traditional rival Transylvania is waiting in their own zone, a "Lexington den", for an October 3 meeting, and "Transy" can be counted on to try their best to be "bad" hosts while on the court.
On a higher plain the match between Transylvania and Centre is a "Dig Pink" event. The two teams are again working together to support breast-cancer research and awareness.