Ladies Return to ASC Play, Friday; Host UNO in Home Opener, Saturday
Thursday, September 15, 2011
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary volleyball team is returning from a 10-day off period and will travel to Belton, Texas on Friday to take on ASC foe, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor at 7 pm. The Ladies will then return home to host UNO on Saturday at 4 pm in the Gold Dome.

The Ladies (4-1) are riding a 4-1 start to the season, the best start for any Centenary volleyball team since the 1990 team posted a 6-0 start. With wins over Polytechnic (NY), Milwaukee School of Engineering, Sul Ross State and LeTourneau and a heartbreaking loss to University of Dallas, Centenary is rolling with confidence as they reenter ASC play on Friday.

"We are very excited about our start this season," said second-year head coach Jon Stenman. "From coach to player, this is very encouraging. We have faced some adversity and answered the call in spite of the short time we have been together."

Centenary is led by junior middle blocker Shelby Singleton's 77 kills and 4.28 kills/set. She also paces the squad with 18 total blocks. The Ladies have relied on a strong offensive attack thus far that features freshmen Brooke Bahlinger (42 kills, 2.22 kills/set), Sarah Sumner (30 kills, 12 blocks), Chelsea Petska (28 kills, 8 blocks), and senior Jaclyn Lopez (28 kills, 33 digs).

Senior setter Caitlin Neese contributes to the team's success with a team-best 148 assists, 9.25 per set. Libero junior Jesi Wilcox leads the team with 45 digs, while senior Taylor Gilmour adds 38 digs.

Mary Hardin-Baylor is 5-3 on the year and 1-1 in ASC play entering Friday's contest. The Crusaders are led offensively by Kimberly Smidovec with 98 kills. Defensively Morgan Baker and Elise Baker each have 121 digs to their name. UMHB just defeated UT-Dallas, 3-1, while falling to UT-Tyler, 1-3.

"I am beginning to notice that the ASC is very balanced and that any team can beat any other team. UMHB is going to be a very competitive match up," said Stenman. "Already this year they have split with the UT teams, including a four-set victory over perennial East Division champ UT-Dallas. They are a team to be taken very seriously especially in their gym. I expect a very spirited match and I would not be surprised to see the match extend beyond 3 sets."

UNO earned its second straight win on Wednesday night when it defeated Southern-New Orleans, 3-0 at home. The Privateers are 2-4 on the season. Laila Hansen and Jasmyne Walker pace UNO's offense, while Jessie Mouton directs the defense.

Centenary and UNO will meet for the 10th time in school history. The Privateers own a perfect 9-0 record over the Ladies.

Following Friday and Saturday's matches, Centenary will travel to ETBU in Marshall, Texas on Tuesday for a 7 pm contest.