September 30, 2012
Volleyball Beats Rhodes: stays in contention
A productive weekend in Arkansas and Tennessee saw Colonel Volleyball earn two conference victories as well as a non-league win, and Centre seemed to get better with each match. Barry Asbury, father of junior Suzanne (Louisville, KY) concluded that the players are "right now finally jelling as a team. We are really picking it up!"
A "satisfied" Head Coach James Neyhouse added, "We're in contention in the SAA, and we control our own fate since we have the opportunity to play the only two league teams with better records." That would be Berry and Birmingham Southern, who have each lost once, once less than Centre. Furthermore, as Neyhouse noted, "One of them is going to lose once more when they play each other."
In the match at Rhodes, Centre scored just 17 points in Game 2, but held Rhodes to a total of just 48 in sweeping through the other three sets. Perhaps anticipating her father's quote, Asbury continued a stellar weekend with six blocks and eight kills, and hit .389. As the Colonels continued to show excellent balance from match to match, against Rhodes the kill leader was junior Catherine Janszen (Cincinnati, OH), who had 15. Keeping her own self balanced, "Cat" also registered 13 digs, two fewer than her classmate Kary Stivers and senior Jenna Foushee, both products of the outstanding volleyball played in Louisville, KY.
11 kills came off the hand of Lydia Prevost (Knoxville, TN) a junior, who played well in both conference wins; and freshman Beth Cecil (Bardstown, KY) put nine balls away.
Stivers also led in assists with 22, four more than freshman Elizabeth Janszen, from Cincinnati, OH (one of the few cities where the quality of high-school volleyball is on a par with that of Louisville). When Stivers wasn't digging or assisting, she found time for two service aces, a feat matched by Prevost.
Centre has now played each other conference member once (five of them away); and their conference mark is 5-2. Round Two will have the Colonels at home for five of the seven contests. Coach Neyhouse states that, "Nobody is mathematically eliminated at this juncture. We are one of a handful of teams with a great shot at earning the championship. I'll go out on a limb and predict that whoever stays most focused on their goals will be displaying the trophy at the end of the day."
Centre's next focal point is Lyon in a match at Rhodes that is scheduled to begin in about 27 minutes. Results are forthcoming.