Ladies Set Blocking Records in Tough Loss to ASU
Saturday, September 8, 2007

CONWAY, Ark.—The Centenary volleyball team set a team block assists record and junior Ashlee Freeman posted a new individual mark for block assists in a single match, but it was not enough to capture a win Saturday morning. Arkansas State outlasted the Ladies in a tough 3-2 loss (30-12, 29-31, 30-21, 29-31, 15-7) to begin the second day of the Central Arkansas Tournament.


Centenary (1-9) put on a blocking display against the Indians as it totaled 17.5 total blocks, just 1.5 blocks off the school record. The Ladies defensive wall accounted for an astonishing 35 block assists without a single block solo. The 35 block assists is easily a new Centenary record, smashing the old mark of 26 set against Grambling State in 2003.


Individually, Freeman along with freshman Stephanie Hobaugh teamed up for 20 block assists in the match. Freeman’s total of 11 is also a new Centenary record, surpassing the 10 block assists compiled by Erin Sansalone in 1998 and most recently by Allison Prestridge in 2000.


Offensively Freeman and junior Danielle Bochat each collected 13 kills for Centenary. Bochat added 19 digs and Hobaugh narrowly missed a triple double with 12 kills and 13 digs to go with her nine block assists. Bekelja added 39 assists and 15 digs to the Ladies cause.


Centenary clicked much better on offense and held their service errors to 12, which has been its Achilles heel thus far this season. The stat that may have done the Ladies in against Arkansas State was the 22 aces they allowed to the Indians’ servers.


Arkansas State (2-6) was led by Robin Aaron’s 17 kills and Christin Baker added 15 kills.


The Ladies will conclude play later today in the Central Arkansas Tournament with a 1 p.m. contest against Tennessee-Martin.