IUPUI Takes Ladies in Three to Begin Last Home Weekend
Friday, November 4, 2005

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CC-IUPUI Boxscore 11-4-05

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary volleyball team began its final weekend of play at home in the Gold Dome with a 3-0 loss to IUPUI on Friday evening. The Ladies fell 30-26, 30-20, 30-21 while IUPUI’s Erin Jones notched her 2,000th career dig in the win. Centenary will try for its elusive first Mid-Con victory on Saturday when the maroon and white welcome Chicago State to Shreveport.


Centenary (10-24, 0-11 Mid-Con) startled the visiting Jaguars in the opening game of the match, jumping out to an early lead. The Ladies still held control at 9-7 before IUPUI’s Casey Chrzastowski began to find her offensive groove. The sophomore from Bloomington, Ind., finished game one with nine kills on 17 attempts. Centenary hung close and put together two long runs late in the game to pull within one point, but untimely service errors gave control back to the visitors.


IUPUI (13-14, 6-5 Mid-Con) pulled away in games two and three. The Jaguars held Centenary to a .047 hitting percentage in the second game and hit its highest percentage of the match at .317 in the final game. Jones conquered her feat of 2,000 career digs in the final points of the match as she tallied six digs in game three to end the night at 2,001 picks. With her accomplishment she joins an elite group as just the 14th player in NCAA history to break the barrier.


Chrzastowski finished the match with 22 kills and nine digs to lead IUPUI. Tracy Bailey and Carol Newell added 11 and 10 kills respectively in the winning cause while Jones contributed 13 digs. Devika Bellamy posted an ace and five digs to go with her match-high 38 assists.


Danielle Bochat paced the Ladies with 11 kills, the 20th time in her freshman campaign that she has recorded at least 10 kills. Senior Kelley Heckman also played well in only her second match this season after sitting out from injury. One of the team leaders, she compiled 12 digs from her libero position. In addition, sophomore Lindsay Bekelja racked up 33 assists in the loss.


Saturday’s contest with Chicago State will be senior night for both Tracee Byrd and Kelley Heckman. First serve is scheduled for 5 p.m.