Ladies Come Up Empty in Home Doubleheader
Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Shreveport—The Centenary Ladies volleyball team put on a great show in the Gold Dome on Tuesday evening but came up empty in their first home matches of the season. The Ladies fell in consecutive games against TCU going down 30-26, 30-21, 30-19 before losing a heartbreaker to Northwestern State by the count of 33-31, 26-30, 30-22, 30-26.

Centenary (1-9) battled hard against TCU in the Ladies first match of the day as they pushed the Horned Frogs to a tough 30-26 game one victory. TCU (6-2) then settled in to pull away from the home team behind 13 kills from Dominika Szabo and 11 kills from Anna Vaughn.

Freshman Emily Longerot paced the Ladies as she recorded a career-high 15 kills in the loss. Ashley Templer collected 11 kills while Lindsay Bekelja led the Ladies with 31 assists.

Northwestern State (4-5) fell to TCU before matching up with Centenary in the nightcap. The Ladies came out impressive to start the match, grabbing a 15-7 lead in the early going before Whitney King took over. The freshman piled up 15 kills in game one to single-handedly pull NSU to within striking distance. When Centenary failed to close out the game while serving with a 29-28 advantage, the Lady Demons took five of the final seven points to claim game one 33-31.

The Ladies bounced back quickly as they set the pace again in game two, eventually taking the win 30-26. However, King would not be denied as she led the Lady Demons to victories in the final two games to close out the contest. King finished with 31 kills on 61 attempts with only seven errors.

Bekelja highlighted the Ladies effort with 57 assists to tie the single match assist record for Centenary. Templer finished with 18 kills while Longerot bettered her newly established career-high with 17 kills. Tracee Byrd and Catey Batte also reached double digits with 16 kills and 10 kills respectively.