Errors Costly in 3-0 Loss for Volleyball
Saturday, September 18, 2010
KANSAS CITY, Mo.-While looking for its first Summit League win, the Centenary volleyball team experienced a night with little offensive prowess and errors that proved costly in its 3-0 loss to UMKC on Saturday evening.

The Ladies (3-8, 0-4 Summit) posted a .011 attack percentage in three sets, falling 25-12, 25-19 and 25-10.

Junior Jaclyn Lopez led the offensively and defensively for Centenary with a team-best seven kills and 12 digs, while freshman setter Bethany Nuttall contributed with 10 assists.

In set one, Centenary went down early, but bounced back to narrow the score within two at 7-5 on a kill by junior Stevie Hurlbirt. However, UMKC rallied to go on an 8-0 run on four kills and three Ladies miscues for a 15-5 lead.

Centenary managed to allow the Kangaroos to cruise to a 25-12 first-set win with four errors in the final eight opportunities to score.

Set two was much improved as Centenary came out with a 6-0 lead led by Lopez with back-to-back kills, however, the score became narrowed when UMKC made an early run to make it an 8-5 game.

The Ladies held the early lead until UMKC powered up its attack offense to tie the score at 14-14 on five kills. From that point, the Kangaroos maintained their advantage to take set two after a late rally.

In the final third set, Centenary quickly fell early and couldn't bounce back to respond, posting its second point to UMKC's 14. A service ace from freshman Levita Feaster and a kill from senior Bethany Kern gave Centenary its best run, though a -.08 attack percentage proved to be the difference.

UMKC was extremely accurate, committing only four errors on the evening on the entire three-set match.

Centenary will return home to host South Dakota State on Friday at 7 pm and North Dakota State on Sunday at 3 pm in the Gold Dome.