IUPUI Takes Three from Ladies
Sunday, September 12, 2010
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary volleyball continued to showcase improvement, but would fall in three straight sets to Summit League foe, IUPUI, on Sunday afternoon in Haynes Fitness Center.

The Ladies (3-6, 0-2 Summit) dropped sets one (25-21) and two (25-19) by a close margin, before the Jaguars (2-9, 0-1 Summit) would take the final set by a convincing score (25-8).

Centenary was led by junior Stevie Hurlbirt with nine kills and sophomore Shelby Singleton with eight from the middle position.

Junior Caitlin Neese contributed with 16 assists and junior Jaclyn Lopez added three service aces.

Defensively, Hurlbirt made nine digs and junior libero Taylor Gilmour tallied eight stops.

IUPUI received a 14-kill performance from Lindsey Weber, while Alexis Meeks had 34 assists. Shari Bernhardt had 12 digs to pace the receiving end.

The Ladies held the lead in set one until IUPUI tied the set at 9-9 on a Centenary attack error. Teams would then see the lead change six times midway through the opening set, until the Jaguars would breakaway by three (17-14).

Centenary would use a kill by freshman Levita Feaster, a Hurlbirt service ace and an IUPUI error to make the score even. Four final kills by the visiting Jaguars would allow them to regain a late lead and take set one by four.

In set two, Centenary fell down 3-0 quick, but would rebound back and tie the set at 5-5 on kills by freshman Bethany Nuttall, Singleton and Hurlbirt, along with an ace from Lopez.

Despite never gaining a lead in set two, the Ladies would see themselves produce a late 4-0 run on back-to-back aces from Lopez and kills from Singleton and Hurlbirt to bring the score within one (18-17). IUPUI used a powerful offense to complete set two with six kills.

It was a challenging final set for Centenary as it could never gain early momentum. Down 5-0, the Ladies received their first point on a Jaguar attack error. The closest Centenary would get in the third set was within five (9-4). An inconsistent offense with only four kills to its 27 attempts made the difference.

Centenary will be back in action on Thursday when it travels to face Southern Utah in Cedar City, Utah for an 8 pm CT start time.