Christopher Newport takes down Maryville and Greensboro
MARYVILLE, Tenn. – Chastity Lacy pieced together a solid effort on both sides of the ball while helping lead fifth-ranked Christopher Newport to a pair of victories on Saturday as the Captains dropped Maryville, 3-1 (20-25, 25-15, 25-20, 25-20) before taking down Greensboro, 3-0 (25-17, 25-11, 25-16) at the Randy Lambert Court.
During the two bouts, Lacy paced CNU with 16 kills while hitting a team-best .484. Against Maryville she set a new season-high with 12 kills on just 24 swings. On the defensive end, she also led the way with eight blocks after collecting four in both contests.
Jessie Kolden also had 15 kills during the two matches, while Abby McIntyre and Bailey Jensen had 13 apiece. On the defensive side of things, Christie Fellows chipped in with four blocks and Abby Hogge led the way with 29 digs.
In the first match of the day, the Captains got off to a shaky start against Maryville. In a rematch of the first round of last year's NCAA Tournament, the Scots jumped out to a 10-5 lead before CNU called for a timeout. The break did little to slow Maryville's momentum, however, as the hosts eventually snatched a double-digit advantage at 18-8.
Staring at an intimidating deficit, the Captains showed resolve in the latter portion of the set. Lacy and Kolden each blasted a pair of kills before Hogge launched an ace to help the squad pull back within six at 23-17. Following a Maryville timeout, Fellows and Jensen teamed up on a block before McIntyre blistered a pair of rockets to continue CNU's late surge.
With their lead down to three at 23-20, the Scots responded. Eventually, a Captain misstep and a Teri Lind kill capped off a 25-20 victory for Maryville.
Trailing by a set, Christopher Newport quickly collected itself and fired back. Jensen kicked off the second set with three quick kills, while Kolden added a pair on the way to a 12-6 lead. Although Maryville whittled its deficit down to three at 16-13, the Captains never let them get any closer. Jensen sent back an MC attack before Lacy added a block and blast to bookend a Maryville timeout.
Back up by six at 20-14, CNU eased into the victory. After Kara Strickland collected a kill to break the Captains' streak, the visitors went on a five-point roll, highlighted by an ace from Alyssa Kidd and another Lacy kill, to secure the 25-15 win.
With the match even at one set apiece, CNU continued to roll. Lacy unloaded back-to-back kills early in the third set, while Hogge and Brooke Moore contributed aces on the way to a 12-6 lead. Later, Jensen caught fire again with three blasts in the middle of the frame before Lacy stepped up defensively with a pair of big blocks.
Leading by four at 20-16, CNU kept Maryville at bay. McIntyre eventually crushed two more kills, while Moore lined another ace to help the squad earn set point at 24-19. Although the Scots held on for one more rally, an MC miscue sealed a 25-20 win for the Captains.
One set away from victory, Kolden got Christopher Newport off on the right foot in the fourth. The sophomore sensation uncorked back-to-back aces before adding two kills on the way to a modest 10-7 lead. Later, the Captains extended their advantage to five at 17-12 following a pair of lasers by Fellows.
Jensen finished the match with a team-high 13 kills to go along with three blocks. Lacy and Kolden added 12 kills apiece, while Kidd dished out 37 assists. The senior setter also collected 18 digs, while Hogge had 16.
With CNU's seventh straight victory in the books, the squad quickly returned to the court looking for No. 8. Facing Greensboro in the nightcap, Moore got the Captains off to another fast start after putting her serving acumen on display again. The second-year standout launched two more aces, while Hogge added another one herself on the way to a 10-5 lead.
Holding a five-point advantage, CNU never let Greensboro back in the match. Rachel Conway assisted on a pair of blocks in the middle of the set, while McIntyre notched an ace on the way to a double-digit lead at 20-10. With an imposing edge, Kolden and Lacy both fired kills before Krista Hughes finished off the frame with a bullet of her own to secure a 25-17 win.
Continuing her solid afternoon, Lacy opened the second set with a block, kill, and assist during the first four rallies. Later, McIntyre posted four kills during the span of seven points to help CNU pull out to a 10-3 lead.
Harris got into the act with a spectacular run in the middle of the set as the senior standout launched four kills and teamed with Lacy on a block. Now up by 10 at 17-7, the Captains eased into another lopsided victory. Chance Rye fired a kill and ace in the waning moments of the stanza before Hughes closed it out with another clinching kill to grab a 25-11 win.
After winning four straight sets following their hiccup in the first frame of the day, the Captains closed out the doubleheader in style. In the third, Rye and Terran Bargeron got things going with aces, while Harris had two early kills on the way to a 10-7 lead.
Although Greensboro won the next rally to pull within two, CNU never let the Pride get any closer. Bargeron and Harris picked up two kills apiece in the middle of the set, while Rye blasted one of her own on the way to a huge 20-12 lead. Five points away from the sweep, the Captains benefited from a pair of Pride errors before Hogge crushed an ace and Rye recorded two blocks to cap off a 25-16 win.
Harris led CNU with nine kills on just 19 swings against the Pride, while Lacy chipped in with four blocks. Conway helped pace the offense with 28 assists. The reigning USA South Rookie of the Week also added nine digs, while Hogge had a team-high 13