Ladies End Streak with Two Wins on Saturday
Sunday, October 2, 2011
ABILENE, Texas-The Centenary volleyball team made an impressive offensive showing on Saturday when it defeated Concordia, 3-2 and Howard Payne, 3-1, in the ASC Dig Pink Cross-Over Challenge I in Abilene, Texas.

The Ladies ended their five-game skid with two wins to even their overall record at 7-7 and improve to 3-6 in ASC action.

MATCH 1: Centenary 3, Concordia 2

The streak ended in a 3-2 victory over ASC foe, Concordia on Day 2 of the Cross-Over Challenge.

The Ladies picked up a 25-22 set one win, but would drop set two, 17-25. Centenary was able to bounce back for a 25-15 set three win, before allowing Concordia to tie the match at 2-2 with a 25-23 set four win. Centenary wrapped up play, winning set five, 15-7.

Centenary powered up its offense with three Ladies seeing double-figure kills, led by senior Jaclyn Lopez with 16 kills. Junior Shelby Singleton followed with 14 kills, while freshman Brooke Bahlinger added 13.

Senior Caitlin Neese contributed with a team-best 35 assists, while junior Jesi Wilcox and freshman Chelsea Petska added three service aces.

Defensively, Lopez led with 16 digs for a double-double, while senior Taylor Gilmour and Neese added 15 as Neese recorded the Ladies' second double-double of the match.

Singleton was instrumental on defense as well, taking part in six block assists.

Centenary out hit Concordia, .258 to .148 and forced the Tornadoes into 33 errors.

MATCH 2: Centenary 3, Howard Payne 1

Centenary opened with a 25-18 set one win, dropped set two 22-25, but managed to bounce back to win sets three and four, 25-18.

Lopez dominated offense with a match-high 20 kills for a .370 attack percentage. Centenary also got strong performances from Bahlinger with 15 kills and Singleton 13 kills.

Neese tallied a season-best 52 assists in the win. Defensively, senior Taylor Gilmour recorded 23 digs, Lopez made 16 and Neese added a double-double with 10 digs.

The Ladies' produced a team-high .362 attack percentage and only committed seven errors to Howard Payne's 20.

"I thought we really responded well after two tough losses yesterday," said head coach Jon Stenman. "We made it a point to be more careful with the ball and the Ladies certainly came through. We have some momentum and we look forward to Tuesday's matchup."

Centenary will return to action on Tuesday when it hosts LeTourneau in the Gold Dome at 7 pm. Live stats will be available on GoCentenary.com free of charge.