Centenary Volleyball's Bekelja Named to Mid-Con All-Freshman Team
Thursday, November 18, 2004



—The Mid-Continent Conference announced its All-Conference team on Thursday at the 2004 Volleyball Championship Banquet held in Tulsa, Okla. Centenary newcomer Lindsay Bekelja earned the Ladies first post-season citation since the team joined the conference last year as she was named to the All-Freshman squad.

 

Bekelja (League City, Tex.) directed the Centenary offense efficiently from her setter position throughout her debut campaign. The freshman filled the role that head coach Jenny Hazelwood envisioned for her when she recruited her last spring.

 

“Lindsay has done a great job this season running our offense,” said Hazelwood. “It is very difficult for a freshman to come in and lead a team the way a setter needs to, but her hard work and leadership abilities allowed her to easily make the adjustment to the Division I level. We are very proud of Lindsay’s accomplishments this year and I believe they are a reflection of where our program is headed in the future.”

 

Bekelja has already made a major impact in the pages of the Centenary Volleyball record books as she claimed the top ranking in two categories while vaulting herself near the top of a distinguished career mark as well. Her 1,150 asissts in 2004 set a new single-season total and her 58 assists against Grambling State placed her atop the all-time single-match leaders. After just one season of play, Bekelja already sits in third place for total assists in a career, a record she is on pace to break within the first quarter of the season next year.

 

Other members of the Mid-Con All-Freshman team include outside hitters Casey Chrzastowski of IUPUI, Chelsea Licavoli of Oakland, and Amy Palash of Valparaiso as well as middle hitter Mary Olson of Western Illinois and Lauren Starks of UMKC, who plays right side for the Kangaroos.