Ladies Play Strong, but Fall Short
Saturday, October 25, 2008

SHREVEPORT – Freshman Brianna Kern had a match-high 15 kills and 16 digs for her fourth double-double of the season, but it wasn’t enough for the Centenary volleyball team, as the Ladies fell to Summit League foe UMKC in four sets (28-26, 11-25, 15-25, 27-29).


The first set was a battle from the start, with seven lead changes and neither team grabbing a lead larger than four. With the Ladies (4-19, 0-9) down 26-25, freshman Kinsey Mims came up with a big kill to tie the set at 26, which sparked a 3-0 run and a win.


Centenary went down by six early and it could never climb out of its hole, as UMKC (9-17, 4-8) went on a 16-7 to end the second game. To lead the Ladies offense was senior Ashlee Freeman, who had three kills.


A 6-0 run late by Centenary in the third game got the Ladies back in the set (15-22), but the Kangaroos called a timeout to kill the momentum. The Centenary defense during the run forced UMKC into four attack errors, and Kinsey Mims and Kern added a kill each, but three straight points by the Kangaroos gave them the win.


In what proved to be the final set, Centenary played strong the entire game. The Ladies took a one point lead (13-12) and seemed to have things going, but an attack error by Freeman sent UMKC on a 3-0 run to retake the lead. However, Centenary kept its composer and grabbed the lead back at 27-26 on a block by Mims and Christina Golden.


With the Ladies looking to push the match to a fifth final set, the Kangaroos called a timeout. Like the third set, the stoppage of play helped UMKC to three straight points to put the match away.


Centenary will be back to the floor on Sunday evening when it plays host to IUPUI at 5 p.m.