Ladies Lose Momentum and Match to JSU
Tuesday, October 9, 2007

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary volleyball team stormed out of the gates to take an easy game one victory at home against Jackson State on Tuesday night. However, the Ladies could not hold the Tigers for long as JSU claimed the final three games for the 3-1 victory (24-30, 30-28, 30-27, 30-21).


Centenary (1-19) used junior Danielle Bochat in game one for nine kills in 11 attempts and hit at a sizzling .516 clip as a team to breeze to a 1-0 lead in the match. The Ladies trailed for the last time at 7-6 as senior Lindsay Bekelja found the proper offensive option time and time again.


Game two looked to be heading the same way as freshman Stephanie Hobaugh found the court with a kill to put Centenary on top at 9-6. But, two attack errors and a pair of Jackson State kills put the Tigers ahead 11-10, and the Ladies would be in a dog fight the rest of the way.


Jackson State (11-13) began to adjust to Bochat and Hobaugh, who were blasting balls straight down to the floor until then. The Tigers posted five blocks in the second game and Centenary’s hitting percentage took a dip down to .173. The Ladies still had a chance to win with the score knotted at 28 apiece until back-to-back attack errors gave JSU the game at 30-28.


With the match tied at 1-1, game three would serve as the turning point for Jackson State. The trio of Bochat, Hobaugh, and Rebekah Hill were dominating the early points in the contest, staking the Ladies to a comfortable 20-10 advantage. After a few extended rallies, Centenary committed seven attack errors with only two being blocks. Added with the elevated play of Nicole Walker, Amanda Daniels, and Brittany Larkin on the offensive side of the net, JSU came surging back.


The Tigers tied the game at 23-23 and took their first lead after a kill by Daniels. After a Centenary point on a kill by Hobaugh, Walker and Daniels tallied two more kills to give the Tigers a two-point lead and the momentum to complete the comeback with the 30-27 win.


Stunned, Centenary could not muster enough fight to battle for game four. The Ladies fell down by five points at 11-6 on a service ace by Brittany Lewis and Jackson State raced on to the 30-21 victory.


Bochat led all players with a match-high 19 kills while adding 13 digs for Centenary. Hobaugh racked up 16 kills and 10 digs and Hill finished with 11 kills to go with five blocks. Bekelja handed out 51 assists in addition to contributing 13 digs in the loss. Yvonne Ramirez led the Ladies with 16 digs.


Walker paced Jackson State with 17 kills, while Daniels added 16 kills. Lewis defended a match-high 19 digs for the Tigers.


Centenary will return to action when it hosts North Dakota State in Summit League action on Friday at 7 p.m.