Blocking Game Propels Ladies Past Jackson State
Friday, September 5, 2008

CONWAY, Ark.—In a match that featured 28 ½ total blocks, the Centenary volleyball team set a new school record while winning its first match of the 2008 season on Friday. The Ladies defeated Jackson State, 3-1 (25-13, 21-25, 25-23, 25-19), in their second contest in the UCA Classic, and recorded 27 block assists to set the new bench mark for the program.


Centenary (1-5) used 14 ½ total blocks behind one block solo from Ashlee Freeman and 27 block assists to outlast JSU. Kinsey Mims led the way at the net with nine block assists, while Brianna Kern added five and Christina Golden and Jaclyn Lopez each contributed four to the team total.


The previous record of 26 block assists was set in 2003 against Grambling State.


Jackson State (0-5) was successful against the Centenary offense at the net as well, putting up 14 total blocks on one block solo and 26 block assists. The Tigers blocking scheme led to 30 errors by the Ladies hitters.


Centenary held Jackson State to a .007 attack percentage while the Ladies hit at a .103 clip. Lopez handed out 42 assists in the win and Jenny Kunze recorded her first double double with 16 kills and 12 digs. Brianna Kern also tallied 12 digs to go with her eight kills on the afternoon, but Bethany Kern led all Ladies with 22 digs and four service aces in the victory.


Golden and Freeman each put down eight kills of their own for Centenary. Freeman enjoyed an outstanding offensive effort as she hit for a .438 percentage on just one error in 16 attempts.


The Ladies return to action in the UCA Classic on Saturday with a pair of matches. Centenary will battle Houston Baptist at 9 a.m. before concluding the tournament at 1 p.m. against Mississippi Valley State.