Centenary set to host third tri-match Thursday
Centenary set to host third tri-match Thursday
Wednesday, October 10, 2012

SHREVEPORT – Centenary looks to end its 20-match losing streak Thursday afternoon as Rust College and UT Tyler visit the Gold Dome for the Ladies third tri-match starting at 4 p.m.

Centenary (0-19) breaks from Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play to host Rust College (6-14) at 4 p.m. before looking to avenge an early season loss to UT Tyler (9-11) at 6 o’clock. Rust and UT Tyler wrap up the tri-match at 8 p.m.

The Patriots took the first match at the UT Tyler Tournament, 3-0, which put them at 5-3, but have dropped four of 12, all conference matches (American Southwest).

“We’ve just got to win,” head coach Jon Stenman said. “We have to overcome all of this adversity and find a way to get a win.”

The Ladies will be without starter Christina NeSmith, who’s out with an ankle injury.

“This injury does hurt, but we’ll have athletes step up,” Stenman said. “Christina will be out until at least Nov. 1, so we’ll see how our team responds and who will fill her shoes while she recovers.”

Sophomore hitter Sarah Sumner leads the Ladies offensively with 88 kills, but Rachel Perkins tops the team charts with 1.58 kills per set, having played in 10 fewer sets than Sumner with just 12 fewer kills. Sumner also leads Centenary with a .112 hitting mark (minimum 100 attacks), nearly doubling the team average (.065).

Beth Nuttall has collected 229 of the team’s 433 assists while senior Jesi Wilcox has grabbed 265 digs. Brooke Bahlinger has 181, joining Wilcox as the only two Ladies to break the triple-digit plateau. Nuttall needs just one more to hit the mark.