Volleyball Ladies Fall Short To Grambling and Boise State
Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Shreveport—The Centenary Ladies volleyball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader in the Gold Dome on Tuesday evening. The host Ladies fell to Grambling State 3-1 (30-20, 23-30, 32-30, 30-26) before losing to Boise State 3-0 (30-15, 30-15, 30-20).

Despite some fine individual play in game one, Centenary (4-12) could not manage to find a team rhythm. Freshman setter Lindsay Bekelja set a new school record for assists in one match with her total of 58. Bekelja becomes the sole leader in the category exactly one week after she tied the old mark of 57 in a loss to Northwestern State.

Junior Tracee Byrd narrowly missed putting her name in the record book as she compiled 28 kills, just two off of Angela Soliz’s single-match mark of 30 set in 1994. Byrd was dominant in the match as she committed only five errors and hit for a .489 kill percentage.

Grambling State (5-9) held off every Centenary run and helped put the match away with 11 service aces and 11 team blocks. Lacey Cormier proved unstoppable as she recorded 21 kills on 41 attempts with only three errors for the Lady Tigers.

Game two featured a talented Boise State (10-2) team that took advantage of a tired and frustrated Centenary squad. The Ladies found it tough to score as the Broncos defense proved strong led by Kim Fenneman’s nine digs. Boise State attacked with an aggressive service game that resulted in 16 errors, but also produced 15 aces. Cameron Flunder played a solid game to lead the visitors as she finished with a game-high nine kills and five aces.

Byrd again led Centenary as she tallied eight kills on 12 attempts. The Ladies struggled to find another option on offense as the team hit for a -.048 percentage on the match. Holli Wilkins was the only player on either side to collect double-digit digs as she squandered the Boise State attack 13 times.

The Ladies will travel to Rochester, Mich., on Friday where they will open Mid-Continent Conference play against Oakland. Centenary will wrap-up the two-game weekend against conference foe Valparaiso on Saturday.