Ladies Show Improvement, Battle NDSU to 3-1 Loss
Sunday, September 26, 2010
SHREVEPORT-Juniors Stevie Kaye, Jaclyn Lopez, and Caitlin Neese all recorded double-doubles, but it wasn't enough to overpower the offensive dominance of North Dakota State, as the Centenary volleyball team fell 3-1 in Summit League action on Sunday afternoon.

The Ladies (3-10, 0-6 Summit) recorded their first set win since a 3-0 win over Grambling dating back to Sept. 7. Centenary mustered up a 25-22 first set victory to surprise the undefeated Bison (8-5, 5-0 Summit).

However, NDSU was able to bounce back after facing a 17-kill performance from Centenary to take the final three sets, 25-17, 25-18, and 25-15.

Kaye recorded a career-best 17 kills and 12 digs for her first double-double, while Lopez powered up 13 kills and tallied 12 digs.

Neese was solid in the setter position, racking up a career-best 37 assists and 15 digs.

Also showing well offensively was senior Bethany Kern with 11 kills and junior Kayla Tibaldo with four service aces off the bench. Tibaldo also contributed defensively with 11 digs.

Set one saw Centenary down early until a rally began on three kills by Kaye, sophomore Shelby Singleton and Kern. The Ladies would take their first lead at 13-12 on a Kaye service ace.

From that point on, Centenary never trailed, pulling away by as many as four (23-19) on a kill by Lopez. Back-to-back attack errors allowed NDSU to narrow the score by one (23-22), but another Kaye kill and a Bison mistake sealed the first Summit League set win for the Ladies.

In set two, it remained a two-point game (12-10) when freshman Levita Feaster tallied a kill, but NDSU would use 17 kills and just three errors to capture the win.

Centenary fell down 7-0 in the third set and was never able to regain offensive momentum despite bringing the score within three (15-12) on a kill by Kern.

The Ladies received four straight points on three consecutive kills from Lopez and Kaye and a service ace from Tibaldo near the end, but a final kill would seal a set three win for NDSU.

Looking to force a fifth set, Centenary would receive another strong effort from the service line from Tibaldo to narrow the early deficit to two (8-6). However, a .444 attack percentage from the Bison including 20 kills on 36 attacks capped the match win.

Centenary will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 2 when it host Oral Roberts in the Gold Dome.