Centenary Volleyball Adds Six For 2005 Season
Thursday, June 30, 2005

SHREVEPORTCentenary volleyball coach Jenny Hazelwood has announced the addition of six players for the upcoming 2005 season. Freshmen Danielle Bochat, Ashlee Freeman, Rebecca Lunceford, Chevy White, and Liliana Williams will all join the Ladies volleyball team for the first time when players report for preseason workouts in August. In addition, sophomore Deborah Badie will return to the squad for her second year of eligibility after transferring following the 2003 campaign.


Danielle Bochat, Boerne, Tex., is a 6-foot outside hitter from Boerne High School. She helped her prep team to a 2004 4A State Tournament appearance while garnering All-District, All-Area, Sports Writer’s Association All-State, “O” Award, and Academic All-District accolades.


“Dani is a great addition to our squad,” said Hazelwood. “She has excellent ball control and brings good size to the front row.”


Ashlee Freeman, Houston, Tex., played her prep ball at Bellaire High School. The 6-foot middle blocker was a 2003 and 2004 All-District selection, was named the Houston Chronicle Athlete of the Week, and was twice selected as the Most Valuable Player.


“We are excited to have Ashlee for the upcoming season. She is very strong technically and will challenge our middle blockers for playing time,” said Hazelwood.


Rebecca Lunceford comes to Centenary from The Dunham School in Baton Rouge, La. At 5’11”, Lunceford was a middle blocker in high school, but she will play right side for the Ladies. She was twice named All-District and All-Metro, was selected to several All-Tournament teams, and was a Wendy’s High School Heisman National Nominee. She also led her team to four consecutive district titles and a state runner-up finish in 2004 as well as a third place state finish in 2003.


“Rebecca is a good athlete that brings some depth to our team,” stated Hazelwood. “She is a very hard worker, and we look forward to working with her on the court.”


A 5’9” outside hitter from Carthage, Tex., Chevy White was a three-time All-District performer at Carthage High School. She was voted team Newcomer of the Year in 2002 and was an Honorable Mention All-East Texas selection in 2004. White also excelled in the classroom as she was named to the Academic All-District team three times and was a Wendy’s High School Heisman National Nominee.


“Chevy is a strong player that will be able to play a number of positions. Her experience will be a great asset to this team,” said Hazelwood.


On the defensive side, newcomer Liliana Williams of Heath, Tex., is expected to help tighten up the Ladies’ defense. The 5’8” libero from Rockwall High School was the District 12-5A Defensive Player of the Year. She earned All-District accolades while also receiving the Defensive MVP Award from her team after both her junior and senior seasons. She was named to Who’s Who Among American High School Students for both athletics and academics.


“Lili is an outstanding defensive player with great leadership qualities on the court,” said Hazelwood. “She will make an immediate impact for our program.”


Deborah Badie, a 5’6” defensive specialist from Baton Rouge, La., played for the Ladies during their inaugural Mid-Continent Conference season in 2003. After leaving Centenary for a year, she is back as a member of the volleyball team.


“The team is very glad to see Deborah returning to our line-up. She plays with such determination and heart, and we look forward to the added depth she will bring to our defense,” said Hazelwood.


With the addition of these six players, the Ladies now have a roster of 12 heading into the 2005 season. Sophomore setter Lindsey Bekelja returns to run the Centenary offense after being named to the Mid-Con All-Freshman team and the All-Louisiana team. Seniors Tracee Byrd and Kelley Heckman will continue their assault on the record book while junior Stephanie Scanlan and sophomores Shayla Andreas and Emily Longerot continue to improve on the court.


Centenary is a member of the Mid-Continent Conference and is the smallest Division I institution in the nation with an enrollment of 890. Located in Shreveport, La., Centenary is the oldest college west of the Mississippi River having been founded in 1825.