Ladies Fall to Valparaiso in Four
Friday, October 27, 2006

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Lauren Fielding led all players
with 19 digs Friday

SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary volleyball team (10-20, 1-7) fought hard against Valparaiso (16-9, 6-2) Friday, however fell 3-1 to the Crusaders at the Gold Dome.

Down 29-28 and facing match point in the third game, the Ladies pulled together and forced a fourth game, scoring three-straight points to capture the game from the second place team in the Mid-Con, highlighted by a block by Ashlee Freeman (Houston/Bellaire) and Rebekah Hill (Carthage, Texas/Carthage).

In the fourth game, the Crusaders stormed out to a 10-4 lead, led by five kills by freshman Angie Porche. Porche finished the game with a game-high 20 kills, leading Valpo in kills this season. The Crusaders continued to build on the momentum and closed out the match.

Dropping the opening game, 30-25, Centenary had its opportunity to pull even with the Crusaders late in the second game.

With the score 25-20 in favor of Valparaiso, a kill by Lindsay Bekelja (League City, Texas/Clear Creek) pulled the Ladies within four points of tying the game and evening the match at one game apiece.

Valparaiso maintained its lead following the Bekelja kill, scoring three-straight points to take a 28-21 lead. Porche and sophomore Allison Sears had kills for the Crusaders to extend the lead to seven. Valparaiso clinched the second game, 30-24, with a kill by Sears, who finished with 16 kills in the match.

Freshman Lauren Fielding (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior) led all players with 19 digs in the contest. At the net, Centenary had a 8-5 advantage in team blocks. Kim Bukowski of the Crusaders had a match-high 54 assists, while Bekelja had 31 for the Ladies.

Centenary returns to action Saturday, hosting Oakland in a Mid-Continent Conference game at the Gold Dome at 6 p.m.

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