Ladies Pick Up First Victories of Season
Friday, September 5, 2003

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary volleyball team played its best matches of the young season, sweeping Grambling State three games to zero and then defeating Prairie View A&M three games to one on Friday at the Centenary Volleyball Tournament.

In the first match of the day, junior Gretchen Conlin led the Ladies with ten kills, four service aces, and six blocks. Tracee Byrd added nine kills, three service aces, and three blocks to lead the Ladies over the Lady Tigers, 30-21, 30-25, and 30-19.

In an evenly played match against the Panthers of Prairie View A&M, the Ladies took the first two games, 30-20 and 30-23, before dropping the third game, 30-28. Prairie View had a lead through most of the fourth game, but the Ladies fought back, and two tough serves by Kim Gladu gave Centenary its margin of victory, 30-28.

Freshman Ashley Templer led the Ladies in their second match with 16 kills, while Byrd added 13 kills and five service aces. Defensively, Kelley Heckman led the way with 21 digs, with libero Casey Varnado adding 19 digs. The setting combination of Lauren Sledge and Stephanie Scanlan combined for 73 assists in the two Friday matches.

Prairie View A&M was led by Jonette Ozen's 22 kills and Mary Reese's overall play. Reese finished the match against Centenary with 20 kills, 35 digs, three blocks, and two aces. The Panthers were able to stay in the match by out-digging the Ladies, 96-72, and out-blocking them nine to one.

In other matches of the tournament, Northwestern State earned back-to-back sweeps, dominating Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 30-21, 30-11, and 30-9, before defeating Prairie View A&M, 30-23, 30-20, and 30-18. Evelyn Getzen earned ten kills in each of the matches, while Flavia Belo kept the offense moving with 63 assists in the two matches.

Grambling State came back from its opening match defeat to the Ladies to defeat Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 30-17, 30-26, and 30-23. Latasha Smith led the Lady Tigers with 13 kills, while Lacey Cormie'r added ten kills and two blocks.

Centenary opens play on Saturday at 11 a.m. against Arkansas-Pine Bluff at the Gold Dome. If the Ladies win that match and Northwestern State takes care of Grambling State at 1 p.m., then the match between Centenary and Northwestern State at 7 p.m. Saturday night will decide the tournament title.