Ladies Tumble in 3-0 Loss to IUPUI
Friday, September 28, 2007

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary volleyball team did not have an answer for the balanced offensive attack of IUPUI in Summit League volleyball action Friday night, falling to the Jaguars 3-0 (30-22, 30-18, 30-23) in the Gold Dome. The win ended a three-match losing skid for IUPUI.


Centenary (1-14, 0-3 Summit) trailed by only two points at 23-21 in the opening game, until the Jaguars finished on a 7-1 run to take the lead 1-0 in the match. A pair of kills from Devika Bellamy and two more kills from Carol Newell and Rachel Holmes gave the visitors the 30-22 victory. IUPUI was impressive out of the gate, compiling a hitting percentage of .240 in the opening game (19-7-50).


IUPUI (9-9, 2-3 Summit) broke away earlier in game two. Leading 17-14 after a kill from Centenary’s Ashlee Freeman, the Jaguars’ Hillary Houston served five consecutive points to put IUPUI on top 22-14. Again the multiple weapons from IUPUI served as the strength as an ace from Houston and kills from Danielle Goodnight, Ashley Johnson, and Newell sparked the rally. The Jaguars closed out game two on a 14-4 run overall.


The Ladies regrouped during the intermission and came out strong in game three. Centenary led on every point until another kill by IUPUI’s Newell knotted the contest at 14 apiece. The game was still tied at 20-20 and the Maroon and White were hanging tough at 24-23 after a big block from the trio of Lindsay Bekelja, Danielle Bochat, and Freeman. However, the Jaguars put together another run, this time a 6-0 surge to end the match. Goodnight served three straight aces and Monica Suding pounded down three kills for the win.


Overall, IUPUI’s hitting percentage was .250 (57-22-140) compared to .110 (30-17-118) for Centenary. The Jaguars had seven service aces total and three team blocks. The Ladies had four aces and 6.5 blocks in the loss.


Newell posted 17 kills to lead the way for IUPUI. Bellamy finished with 11 kills and 14 digs, while Suding did not commit an error on nine kills in 19 attempts. Johnson added eight kills, Goodnight dished out 47 assists, and Chelsea Bastin had 20 digs for the Jaguars.


Centenary’s attack was propelled by Stephanie Hoabugh’s eight kills. Bochat and Freeman each tallied seven kills in the match and Yvonne Ramirez turned in a match-high 21 digs. Bekelja recorded her sixth double double of the year with 27 assists and 10 digs.


The Ladies will bounce right back into action on Saturday when they host IPFW in the Gold Dome at 7 p.m.