Valpo Stays Atop Mid-Con Standings with Win Over Ladies
Friday, November 11, 2005

VALPARAISO, Ind.—The Valparaiso Crusaders showed why they are first in the Mid-Con volleyball standings with one regular season match left to play by dismantling Centenary on Friday evening 30-20, 30-15, 30-17. With the victory, the Crusaders improved to 12-1 in league play. Although the Ladies lost, another single-season record fell as freshman Ashlee Freeman notched two block assists to take sole ownership of the mark she tied in Tuesday’s win over Alcorn State.


Centenary (12-25, 1-12 Mid-Con) traded points with Valpo in game one until a pair of kills by Katie Bova and another by Jessie Fox gave the Crusaders the advantage at 14-9. The Ladies then tallied two points but allowed Valpo to reel off nine of the next 10 points to secure the opening game win.


Valparaiso (23-6, 12-1 Mid-Con) made its move in game two around the same point as game one. The Ladies trailed by only one at 9-8 when the Crusaders claimed ten of the next 11 points, with six of those points coming off of Centenary errors. The lead would be too great to overcome for the maroon and white as the team looked out of sync the entire game.


Despite falling behind 7-2 in the opening minutes of the final game, the Ladies did not give up and fought back to within two at 9-7 after sophomore Lindsay Bekelja hooked up with Freeman on several kills. Moments later Centenary’s inconsistent play would catch up with the Ladies and Valpo would sail to the win.


Freshman Danielle Bochat led all players with 11 kills for Centenary. Freeman added five kills while collecting her 76th block assist to become the Ladies single-season record holder in the category. Junior Stephanie Scanlan added 11 digs to pace Centenary defensively.


Jessie Fox forced down 10 kills in only two games for Valparaiso while Brittany Marks and Amy Palash chipped in with 12 digs and 11 digs respectively. Palash and Bova each contributed three aces to the win for the Crusaders.


Centenary will close out its season with a 7 p.m. match against Oakland in Rochester, Mich., on Saturday. Another record is within reach for Bochat in the finale, as the outside hitter needs just over 40 attempts to claim the top spot on the single-season list.