Ladies Battle Hard, Come Up Short to ULM 3-1
Tuesday, November 9, 2004

SHREVEPORT--The Centenary Ladies volleyball team began their three-game season-ending homestand with a hard fought loss to I-20 rival Louisiana-Monroe on Tuesday evening in the Gold Dome. ULM outlasted the Ladies in four games by the scores of 30-27, 30-26, 22-30, 30-23.


The Ladies started out slow in game one as Louisiana-Monroe jumped out to a 10-3 lead before Centenary coach Jenny Hazelwood called a timeout. The Ladies responded with a kill by Tracee Byrd on a slide followed by an Ashley Templer kill. After play shifted back and forth, Stephanie Scanlan collected her first kill of the night and ULM’s Ashley Duzan committed an attack error to tie the game at 12 apiece. The Lady Indians reeled off four consecutive points to regain the lead and held that advantage until the Ladies tied the game again at 23-23 on back-to-back kills by Emily Longerot. With the score knotted at 25-25, attack errors by Lindsey Bekelja and Byrd provided the visitors with enough room to close out the game with the 30-27 win.


Centenary held a 6-4 advantage in game two before a kill by Megan Gloor placed ULM back in front at 7-6 in the early going. Although the Ladies held on to stay within striking range, they would only manage to tie the game one more time before eventually falling 30-26. Lindsey Ehlert paced the Lady Indian offense as she collected 10 kills through the first two games with only one hitting error.


Louisiana-Monroe took a 5-3 lead to begin game three before the Ladies put together a rally that landed the home team in front at 12-9, forcing ULM to call a timeout. Centenary continued its strong play after the short break and built its winning margin to five points at 21-16 before another Lady Indian timeout. The move paid off this time as ULM responded with four straight points to pull within two at 22-20. A timeout called by Hazelwood helped the Ladies regain the momentum as Longerot’s kill on a long rally directly after the break seemed to deflate the Lady Indians. Kills by Byrd, Kelley Heckman, and Shayla Andreas sealed the 30-22 victory for the Ladies. Heckman tallied seven kills and eight digs in the game.


The fourth and final game began as a seesaw battle until a kill by ULM’s Eveta Gambrah coupled with two Centenary attack errors provided an 11-4 lead for the Lady Indians. One last push by the Ladies brought the decisive game to 16-14 but it was not enough as Louisiana-Monroe answered the call and took the win at 30-23.


Ashley Templer and Tracee Byrd led the Centenary attack with 19 kills apiece. Kelley Heckman contributed 12 kills in the loss while compiling 23 digs. Lindsay Bekelja finished with 55 assists to add to her single-season Centenary record. She now has 1,100 assists on the year.


The Ladies remain at home for their final two matches of the season. Centenary will host Chicago State on Friday at 7 pm and will close out the year on Sunday at noon against IUPUI.