Centenary Volleyball Stymied in Mid-Con Opener
Friday, September 24, 2004

Rochester, Mich.—The Centenary Ladies volleyball team fell in its Mid-Continent Conference opener on Friday evening to the Oakland Golden Grizzlies 3-1. The Ladies dropped the first two games before mustering a comeback to take game three. However, Oakland proved to be too much as the host team emerged victorious by the scores of 30-22, 30-19, 28-30, 30-25.

Oakland’s (3-8, 1-0 Mid-Con) hitters were hot straight out of the gate as they combined for a team kill percentage of over .400 in each of the first two games led by Sara Miller’s seven kills in game one. The Ladies battled early, but a five-point rally by the Golden Grizzlies put the opening game out of reach.

Centenary (4-13, 0-1 Mid-Con) suffered the same fate in game two before surging in game three behind six kills from Ashley Templer. Down by five points at 14-9, the Ladies put together three consecutive points to pull closer. Centenary drew even at 23 apiece on blocks by Emily Longerot and Tracee Byrd and minutes later Stephanie Scanlan’s ace gave the Ladies the insurance it needed for the win.

Oakland rebounded in the final game to take the match. Although OU controlled play in game four, the Ladies hung in there and pulled within two at 26-24 on a Golden Grizzly attack error. After an Oakland timeout killed Centenary’s momentum, the home team won the final three points to take the match.

Heather Lippert paced Oakland with 20 kills while Miller and Chelsea Licavoli each finshed with 13 kills. Becca Moller recorded a match-high 53 assists in the winning effort.

Centenary’s Byrd and Templer each recorded 16 kills for the Ladies and Templer added 16 digs and four blocks to her stat line. Longerot tallied 14 kills on the evening and Lindsay Bekelja breached the 50-assist barrier again with 51 in her first Mid-Con match.

The Ladies will travel to Valparaiso to tangle with the Crusaders in another conference tilt on Saturday at 7 p.m.