Centenary Comeback Falls Short Against Panthers
Wednesday, October 22, 2003

SHREVEPORT – The Centenary volleyball team made a stirring comeback after losing the first two games, but the Prairie View A&M Panthers made the plays in the fifth game as they defeated the Ladies, 30-27, 30-22, 24-30, 27-30, and 15-12.

Mary Reese did a lot for Prairie View A&M (13-9) in the match, earning 23 kills and 24 digs. Setter Ashley Hausman also notched a double-double with 48 assists and 18 digs, while Summer Davis contributed 13 kills and Jonette Ozen added 11 kills, nine digs, and seven blocks.

For Centenary (5-20), Kelley Heckman earned her seventh double-double of the season with 16 kills and 12 digs. Kim Gladu also notched a double-double with 11 kills and 16 digs, while Stephanie Scanlan added a career-high 45 assists, ten digs, four blocks, and three service aces.

Lauren Sledge converted on a team-high four service aces, three of them coming in the fourth game as the Centenary momentum grew. Tracee Byrd earned 13 kills, while Ashley Templer contributed 12 kills, eight digs, and four blocks. Casey Varnado tied her career high with 25 digs in the match.

Prairie View hit at a .514 percentage in game two to take a two-game lead into the intermission. Centenary came back strong after the break, converting nine of its 11 service aces in games three and four to tie the match and force a fifth game. The Panthers made only one attack error and blocked three Centenary attacks in the deciding game, scoring the last three points of the game to win the match.

The Ladies return to Mid-Con play this weekend, traveling north to face Oakland on Friday night and Valparaiso on Saturday night.