Northwestern State Wins Centenary Volleyball Tournament in Dominating Fashion
Saturday, September 6, 2003

SHREVEPORT—The Demons of Northwestern State did not lose a game as they swept through the Centenary Volleyball Tournament, defeating the host Ladies in the deciding match, 30-22, 30-23, and 30-20, Saturday night at the Gold Dome.

The Demons hit at a percentage of at least .250 in every match, giving up not more than 23 points in any game. The Demons were led by tournament MVP Janel Fisher, who notched 36 kills while making only seven attack errors over the weekend.

Joining Fisher on the all-tournament team are Evelyn Getzen, who earned ten kills in three of the matches, and Latoya Sanders, who led the defense of the Demons with 16 blocks in the four matches.

Centenary and Northwestern State reached the final match of the tournament undefeated, winning their early matches on Saturday. The Demons defeated Grambling State, 30-18, 30-19, and 30-22, while the Ladies swept Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 30-14, 30-22, and 30-22.

Gretchen Conlin was named to the all-tournament team after earning 41 kills, eight blocks, and seven service aces. Ashley Templer was named to her second all-tournament team in as many weeks, contributing 41 kills and 38 digs as Centenary won its first three matches of the season over the weekend.

Prairie View A&M won back-to-back matches to finish third in the tournament, sweeping Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 30-21, 30-16, and 30-20 before fighting off a resilient Grambling State team in four games, 30-20, 30-28, 28-30, and 30-26. The Panthers were led by all-tournament team member Jonette Ozen, who gave her team 62 kills in the four matches. Mary Reese had a huge match against Grambling State, notching 24 kills and 21 digs, while Lindsey Taylor earned nine total blocks.

Grambling State defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 30-17, 30-26, and 30-23, on Saturday to gain its only victory of the weekend. The Lady Tigers were led by all-tournament player Latasha Smith, who earned 13 kills in the match against the Lady Lions. Arkansas-Pine Bluff received solid play from Jaqinta Hopkins all weekend, and Hopkins was rewarded with a place on the all-tournament team.

The Centenary Ladies travel to College Station, Tex., next weekend to compete in the McDonald's/Texas A&M Invitational. The Ladies will face its toughest opponent ever in defending champion Southern California on Friday at 4 p.m.