Ladies Drop First Mid-Con Match
Friday, September 26, 2003

SHREVEPORT – Despite double-double efforts from Kelley Heckman and Ashley Templer, the Ladies could not overcome the height at the net of Valparaiso as the Crusaders swept Centenary, 30-23, 30-23, and 30-23, in the Mid-Con opener for both schools Friday night at the Gold Dome.

Valparaiso (13-4, 1-0 Mid-Con) earned the victory based on its advantage in kills (52 to 33) and team blocks (10 to 3). The Crusaders were led by Liz Mikos, who earned ten kills and seven blocks. Katie Bova earned a double-double for Valparaiso, notching 15 assists and 22 digs on the evening.

In the first two games of the match, the two teams played close until midway, when the Crusaders broke away for the wins. Valparaiso came out strong after the intermission in game three, forcing Centenary to play catch-up after giving up ten of the first twelve points.

Heckman earned her fourth double-double in five matches with ten kills and a team-high 18 digs. Templer led all players with 11 kills and also earned ten digs. Kim Gladu, playing the libero position for the injured Casey Varnado, helped Centenary’s defense with 16 digs.

Valparaiso used a balanced offense to keep Centenary guessing, as six different players earned at least six kills. Michelle Robinson tied Mikos for the team lead with ten kills, with Jessie Fox adding eight kills and Jessi Novak, Lauren Moulton, and Heather Hynds contributing six kills each.

Centenary (5-12, 0-1 Mid-Con) returns to action Saturday night to face the Oakland Golden Grizzlies at the Gold Dome beginning at 7 p.m. Oakland will be coming off a Friday night match at Oral Roberts in Tulsa, Okla.