Grambling Outlasts Volleyball Ladies 3-2
Tuesday, September 4, 2007

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary volleyball team went down to the wire with Grambling State in their 2007 home opener, but came up just short in falling 3-2 (20-30, 30-27, 23-30, 30-26, 11-15). The Ladies received an outstanding effort from senior Lindsay Bekelja and freshman Yvonne Ramirez who tallied 38 assists and 30 digs respectively.


Centenary (0-7) started off sluggish in game one and dug itself into a hole by committing eight service errors. The Ladies would get better serving as the match went on, but still totaled 22 service errors on the night.


Grambling (2-3) took the first game 30-20 by capitalizing on the Centenary errors and then received three kills from Markesha Warner.


The Ladies bounced back to claim game two 30-27 on the strength of five kills from Ashlee Freeman. Centenary led the game 27-18, but after several rallies, three consecutive attack errors by the Ladies brought Grambling within two points at 29-27. Freeman then put the game away with an emphatic kill.


Sonora Armstrong led the Tigers to a game three 30-23 win after the intermission on five kills while libero Jeanetta Linzy contributed nine digs. Ahead 13-9, Grambling outscored Centenary 9-4 over a stretch with Talon Morgan serving two aces to gain the distance it needed for the victory.


Not to go down lightly on its home court, Centenary took control of the fourth game two-thirds of the way through behind five kills from Danielle Bochat. With the score knotted at 21-21, Stephanie Hobaugh’s kill followed by a Grambling attack error gave the Ladies a two-point advantage. Christina Nichols added an ace moments later and the Tigers committed another attack error to give Centenary the momentum to finish the game out 30-26.


The fifth and deciding game was 9-7 in Centenary’s favor after a pair of kills by Hobaugh before the Tigers ran off four straight points. The Ladies would keep the deficit at two points before back-to-back aces by Kendra Johnson provided Grambling with the win.


Freeman led Centenary with 13 kills overall while Bochat added 11 of her own to go with 14 digs. Bekelja also notched a double double with 17 digs coupled with her match-high 38 assists. Ramirez’s 30 digs were also a match high and Elise Sisson collected an impressive five service aces in the loss for the Ladies.


Armstrong and Warner paced Grambling with 11 kills apiece.


The Ladies next travel to take part in the Central Arkansas Tournament this weekend. Centenary will square off with Mississippi Valley State at 1:30 p.m. Friday before wrapping up the doubleheader with Central Arkansas at 6:30 p.m.