Oral Roberts Too Much For Volleyball Ladies
Friday, October 29, 2004

TULSA, Okla—The Centenary Ladies volleyball team fell in straight games to Oral Roberts University 30-22, 30-15, 30-18 on Friday night at the Aerobics Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Golden Eagles used 10 service aces and nine team blocks to overpower the Ladies en route to the win.


Centenary (6-24, 0-10 Mid-Con) came out of the blocks gunning in game one as the Ladies reeled off six consecutive points, including three kills by Tracee Byrd, after trailing 7-6 to take a 12-7 lead. Centenary led for the next 16 serves until Oral Roberts tied the score at 18 apiece on an ace by Becky Brunelle. Following a Golden Eagle attack error to give Centenary a 19-18 advantage, ORU took control scoring five points to take the lead for good and claim the opening game at 30-22.


Oral Roberts (15-11, 7-3 Mid-Con) kept the momentum heading into the opening minutes of game two as the Golden Eagles jumped ahead by a 14-5 score. After the two teams traded points, ORU extended its leading margin to 12 at 21-9 on a block of an Emily Longerot attack. The combination of strong serving and powerful hitting by Ori Zuzic left no chance for the visiting Ladies to muster a comeback. Zuzic finished the second game with nine kills and three service aces in the 30-15 victory.


Game three saw Oral Roberts continue its domination as the host Golden Eagles grabbed the lead at 5-4 and never looked back. Centenary stepped up its play to keep the score within five points until a 6-1 run capped by another Zuzic ace put the game out of reach.


Zuzic recorded a match-high 16 kills and four aces on the evening. Kim Snow and Brittany Arnold contributed eight kills and seven kills respectively while each only committed one hitting error. Becky Dreher tallied 16 digs defensively to lead Oral Roberts.


Tracee Byrd’s eight kills with three errors for a .238 percentage led the Centenary offensive attack. Emily Longerot also totaled eight kills while Catey Batte added 11 digs in the loss.