Shreveport– The Centenary volleyball program has released its 2022 schedule, head coach Ashley McDonough announced Friday.
The ladies are scheduled to open their regular season on Friday, Sept. 2 against Howard Payne University in the Mary Hardin-Baylor Tournament in Belton, Texas. Centenary will also face host Mary Hardin-Baylor and Hendrix at the two-day event.
Centenary opens its home schedule on Tuesday, Sept. 6 against Texas A&M-Texarkana in a non-conference game scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Gold Dome. The Maroon and White start the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference game Sept. 24 at home as they welcome four conference opponents to town for a two-day crossover event.
The Ladies are scheduled to play 34 regular season games, 16 in the conference and 18 against non-conference opponents. Centenary will face Louisiana Christian University (formerly Louisiana College) on Tuesday, Oct. 25 in its annual Senior Night game set for 6 p.m. The ladies will play 10 home games this season before concluding the season on the road against Austin College and the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas on October 28-29.
Centenary finished 15-22 overall last season and 2-14 in conference. The Ladies finished 9-2 at home with an impressive eight sweeps and went 13-8 against non-conference competition.
Senior outside hitter Alyssa Davis (Leonard, Texas) was named to the 2021 All-SCAC Volleyball Third Team, as she landed on the third team for the second straight season and is the No. Division III era (2011-present) of being named an All-SCAC twice. Davis is also only the second century-old volleyball player in program history (D1 or D3) to be nominated more than once in all conferences.
As always, we have a very tough schedule,” McDonough said. “SCAC is arguably the best Division III volleyball conference in the nation and currently has three top-20 programs with Trinity, Colorado and Southwestern.
“Our non-conference schedule is a strong mix of talent and divisions (NAIA, NCAA D3, NCAA D) to prepare us for the conference. Mary Hardin Baylor finished last season nationally in the top 10 and South of the l ‘Arkansas (Division II) will display a different look and style of play than we are used to seeing.
They’re the most experienced and talented team we’ve had in the past two seasons and we’re looking forward to hosting a tournament in November,” McDonough said.
“We have expanded our coaching staff by adding two well-known volunteer assistant coaches – Demetria Keys-Johnson and Marichael Clarin-Jante. Coach Johnson comes to Centenary after coaching with our Division 1 neighbor Grambling State University for nearly 20 years old. Marichael “Mika” has just finished her playing career with the Ladies and will be finishing her MBA.”
“I’m excited to add more experience and knowledge to the gym. Our incoming freshman class is versatile and strong and all positions are represented. That extra layer of depth is very exciting.”
The 2022 SCAC Volleyball Championship is scheduled for November 4-6 in Colorado Springs, Colorado and hosted by Colorado College
See the full ladies program here: https://www.gocentenary.com/sports/wvball/2022-23/schedule