UMKC Takes Centenary in Three Straight
Saturday, October 9, 2004

SHREVEPORT—The UMKC Kangaroos needed only three games to take their second Mid-Continent Conference match of the season as they downed Centenary 30-22, 30-21, 30-16 on Saturday evening. The win moved UMKC to 2-4 in league play and dropped the Ladies to 0-5 on the year against conference foes.

            Centenary (5-18, 0-5 Mid-Con) could not stop the attack of Vanessa Portela and Angela Melka as each contributed six kills in leading UMKC to a game one victory. The Ladies served well in the opening game tallying four aces, but the Kangaroo defense would tighten up and allow only three more over the final two games.

            UMKC (4-14, 2-4 Mid-Con) dominated game two behind the torrid hitting of Melka. The junior recorded seven of the 14 kills posted by the Kangaroos and finished the match with 16 kills in all. No Centenary player managed more than two kills and the Ladies finished with six kills as a team in the second game.

            The Ladies were led by Emily Longerot and Ashley Templer who each had 10 kills in the loss. Lindsay Bekelja narrowly missed her second consecutive double double as she compiled 22 assists to go along with her nine digs. Templer also finished with nine digs.

            Portela led all players with 17 kills for UMKC. Lauren Starks contributed 11 kills in the victory while Kristy Waltemeyer notched 45 assists and 10 digs. Defensively, the Kangaroos received an outstanding effort from Mandy Tipton who added 16 digs in the match.

            Centenary will take almost a full week off as they return to play on Friday at IUPUI at 7 pm. The Ladies will round out their weekend conference trip with a 5 pm match on Saturday at Chicago State.