Ladies Embark on Final Road Trip of Season
Friday, November 9, 2007

BROOKINGS, S.D.—The Centenary volleyball team travels to face Summit League newcomers South Dakota State and North Dakota State in its final weekend of play in the 2007 season. The Ladies square off against SDSU tonight at 5 p.m. before battling NDSU on Saturday at 7 p.m.


Centenary (2-26, 1-13 Summit) has played improved volleyball of late, defeating UMKC 3-0 and losing to IUPUI 3-1. The Ladies are fueled by the offensive threats of junior Ashlee Freeman and freshman Stephanie Hobaugh. Freeman leads the team with 265 kills to go with 66 total blocks while Hobaugh’s 238 kills ranks her in the top 10 freshman campaigns in Centenary history.


Senior Lindsay Bekelja, who holds almost every program setting record, continues to steer the Centenary offense, leading the team with 804 assists. Freshman libero Yvonne Ramirez’s 372 digs are tops for the Ladies as well.


This road trip could be considered the toughest of the Summit League slate for the Ladies. Not only will the team be visiting two venues it has never played in before, but South Dakota State (21-8, 11-3 Summit) and North Dakota State (18-7, 10-4 Summit) are tied for first place and second place respectively.


SDSU has won five matches in a row after losing on the road at North Dakota State three weeks ago. The duo of Amy Anderson (374 kills) and Kristina Martin (369 kills) spearhead the Jackrabbits’ high-powered offense. Anderson has also tallied an outstanding 137 blocks on the season while Samantha Pearson has 598 digs.


NDSU has emerged victorious from four of its last five contests with its only loss coming by a 3-2 decision at Western Illinois last weekend. Christy Stuewe is the go-to player for the Bison with 395 kills and 115 blocks. Mattie Johnson has proven efficient at making quality decisions on offense, collecting 1,209 assists on the year.


Live video is available for both matches this weekend through the SDSU and NDSU websites. SDSU will also offer fans live audio while NDSU will provide live stats. You can find both websites by visiting The Summit League website at www.thesummitleague.org.