Preview: Ladies Begin ASC Play at LeTourneau, Tuesday
Monday, September 5, 2011

SHREVEPORT-After a strong opening weekend at the University of Dallas Invitational, the Centenary volleyball team will return to action on Tuesday when it travels to Longview, Texas to take on LeTourneau in its American Southwest Conference debut at 7 pm.

The Ladies (3-1) are coming off a 3-1 weekend in Irving, Texas, posting wins over Polytechnic University of NY, Milwaukee School of Engineering and Sul Ross State. Centenary dropped its only match thus far to Univ. of Dallas.

In two of its three wins, Centenary swept the match with a 3-0 score. Despite having official stats available, junior middle blocker Shelby Singleton recorded 63 kills in four matches, including a season-high 21 kills in the 3-1 win over MSOE. Centenary saw strong defensive performances from both senior Taylor Gilmour and junior Jesi Wilcox. Also making notable contributions in the effort was setters senior Caitlin Neese and sophomore Bethany Nuttall.

"I feel we played well this weekend. We were a bit sloppy at times, but that is going to be expected in our first weekend out," said head coach Jon Stenman.

The Centenary volleyball team will be the first program in the school to test their skills in the American Southwest Conference. The Ladies were selected to finish fourth in the ASC East Division, which is composed of eight of the 16-member institutions.

"I felt we did enough good things this past weekend to prepare us for the start of ASC conference play and I am looking forward to the Ladies responding and getting us some momentum before our stretch of 10 days with another match," said Stenman.

LeTourneau is located in Longview, Texas and is a member of the ASC East Division. The YellowJackets are coming into Tuesday's match with a 0-4 record, having dropped all four contests at the Hendrix Warrior Invitational.

Centenary and LeTourneau will meet for just the second time in the school's history. The YellowJackets took Match 1 last year in a 2-3 loss in Millsaps Invitational. In that match, Singleton recorded 17 kills, while Nuttall and Neese added 27 and 26 assists, respectively. On the defensive end, Gilmour made 14 digs and senior Jaclyn Lopez made 12.

Following the Tuesday match, Centenary will take 10 days off to prepare for a long stretch, beginning with ASC opponent, Mary Hardin-Baylor on Friday, Sept. 16 in Belton, Texas at 7 pm.