Volleyball Swept by UMKC
Thursday, November 5, 2009
KANSAS CITY, Mo.-In its first contest of its final road trip, the Centenary women's volleyball team dropped its match against UMKC in three straight sets on Thursday evening.

The Ladies (4-21, 0-14 Summit) played three solid and close sets at 25-19, 25-22, and 25-21, but couldn't manage to pull off its first league win.

Sophomore Jaclyn Lopez opened up set one with a service ace, but UMKC responded with an 8-1 run. Kills by sophomores Brianna Kern, Jennifer Kunze, and two by freshman Shelby Singleton brought the Ladies within three at 10-7.

Centenary never led after the 1-0 start and was out attacked .098 to .293.

Set two opened in similar fashion with a kill by Kern. Though, again, the Kangaroos were able to regain the lead with four straight points. Down by as many as seven at 12-5, the Ladies used a 6-0 run on three UMKC errors to narrow the deficit to two, 14-12.

Back and forth for the rest of the set, Centenary struggled to produce consistent offense, falling 25-22.

Going up 5-1 on kills by Kunze and freshman Christina Fellows along with several UMKC errors, the Ladies allowed the Kangaroos to tie the score at 5-5 after four mistakes.

From then on, the teams exchanged leads three times before UMKC over at 10-9 and never allowed the Ladies to get closer than one point.

Centenary had 34 kills led by Kern with 10. Lopez controlled the offensive tempo with 23 assists and three service aces. Defensively, Lopez tallied a match-high 17 digs, while Kern had 12 and junior libero Bethany Kern had 11.

The Ladies will take on Southern Utah on Saturday at 7:00 pm in their final road match of the year.