Volleyball Adds Three Signees For 2004 Season
Thursday, May 6, 2004

Shreveport—Centenary volleyball coach Jenny Hazelwood has announced that Shayla Andreas, Lindsay Bekelja, and Emily Longerot have all signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Ladies volleyball team for the 2004-05 academic year.

Andreas (El Campo, Tex.) is a 6’1” middle blocker that collected 333 kills and 84 blocks in her senior season at El Campo High School. She was named the District MVP and Co-MVP of Wharton County in 2003 as well as third team All-State by the Sports Writers Association. Off the court, Andreas served as president of the National Honor Society, received the Academic Excellence Award, and was a member of Who’s Who Among American High School Students.

“Shayla is a versatile player that can do it all,” said Hazelwood. “She will bring much needed height and ability to the middle blocker position.”

Bekelja (League City, Tex.) is a 5’7” setter who tallied 798 assists in 88 games during her final season at Clear Creek High School. She was named first team All-District, Most Valuable Setter, and team MVP while helping her team to back-to-back state playoff appearances.

“Lindsay is a great athlete and a great competitor. She has tremendous leadership skills and we look for her to make an immediate impact on our program right away,” said Hazelwood.

Longerot (Alvin, Tex.) collected 116 kills, 302 digs, and 91 blocks at Alvin High School. The 5’9” outside hitter garnered first team All-District and All-County honors to go with other accolades such as Best All-Around Player in 2002 and 2003, Most Valuable Offensive Player in 2003, and Most Valuable Defensive Player in 2002.

“Emily is a steady player that has exceptional ball control and hits very well. I am looking for her to be an impact player for us right away,” added Hazelwood.

Located in Shreveport, La., Centenary is a Division I member of the Mid-Continent Conference. With an enrollment of 860 students, Centenary is the smallest Division I school in the nation and is the oldest college west of the Mississippi River having been founded in 1825.