Ladies Run Out of Steam in 3-2 Loss to Oakland
Friday, September 14, 2007

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary volleyball team played one of its best matches of the year in its Summit League opener on Friday night against Oakland, but the undermanned Ladies fell in a long five-game match 3-2 (32-34, 30-18, 30-22, 23-30, 15-6).


Centenary (1-12, 0-1 Summit) rallied in the first game from a 25-19 deficit behind three Oakland attack errors and a pair of kills from freshman Stephanie Hobaugh to bring the score to 26-25. Moments later Hobaugh tied the game with a service ace at 28 apiece.


The Ladies would face three game points over the next several rallies, but would manage to tie the game with the crucial point each time. Trailing 32-31, junior Ashlee Freeman pounded down her third kill of the game and an Oakland ball handling error gave Centenary the serve with game point within its grasp. Off of a Danielle Bochat serve, the Golden Grizzlies were unable to set up an offensive attack. Senior setter Lindsay Bekelja took advantage of the opportunity and found Freeman again for the game-winning kill for a final game one score of 34-32.


Oakland (5-7, 1-0 Summit) bounced back to take control of game two half way through. With the score at 13-11 in the visitor’s favor, the Golden Grizzlies extended their lead to 22-13 on four straight Centenary attack errors sandwiched by kills from Adrienne Leone. Oakland would easily pull away for the 30-18 win.


Game three went much the same as the previous contest with Oakland controlling the action. The Golden Grizzlies hit a solid .419 percentage on 15 kills and only two errors on 31 attempts to pull away 30-22.


Centenary answered the call in the fourth game and stormed out to a four-point lead at 7-3. The Ladies would hold that advantage throughout the game in large part to six kills from Freeman and nine digs from Bekelja. The Maroon and White easily sailed to the 30-23 victory, setting up the fifth and deciding game.


Centenary claimed the first point of the fifth game on a block by Freeman and Bochat. However, the exhaustion began to show a bit for the Ladies, who played the entire match with just seven players compared to 11 for Oakland. The Golden Grizzlies captured the next seven points and cruised to a 15-6 victory aided by seven Centenary errors.


Hobaugh finished the night with a team-high 16 kills for Centenary to go with 18 digs. Freeman tallied 15 kills and sophomore Christina Nichols recorded 14 kills in the loss. Bekelja totaled 47 assists and 21 digs, freshman Yvonne Ramirez added 20 digs, and Bochat pitched in defensively with 15 digs.


Amy Golem paced Oakland with a match-high 20 kills and Leone had 13 put-aways. Lauren Duquette had an outstanding evening from her libero position, finishing with 41 digs.


Centenary will get a week of rest now before traveling to face Oral Roberts in Summit League play next Saturday at 7 p.m. in Tulsa, Okla.