Ladies Volleyball Announces Team Awards
Friday, December 9, 2005

Danielle Bochat

SHREVEPORT—Centenary volleyball coach Jenny Hazelwood announced the 2005 winners of four different team awards at a dinner this week for the Ladies. The awards for Top Defensive Player, Top Offensive Player, the Leadership and Commitment Award, and Best All-Around Player were distributed. The awards are only voted upon by the players, without any input from the coaching staff.


Freshman Danielle Bochat took two of the awards after completing her debut season for the maroon and white in fine fashion. The outside hitter received the Top Offensive Player award as well as the Best All-Around Player accolade after leading the Ladies in six statistical categories including kills, kills per game, attempts, attack percentage, digs, and digs per game.


Bochat tied the Centenary record for kills in a single match with 30 in a September 17th win over Texas Southern and set a new record for kills in a season with 439, smashing the old mark by 32 kills. Her exceptional year also placed her second all-time in attempts in a single season (1,334), fifth for digs in a season (362), and tenth for aces in a season (40).


Seniors Tracee Byrd and Kelley Heckman claimed the final two honors with Byrd seizing the Leadership and Commitment Award and Heckman taking possession of the Top Defensive Player trophy. Both leave their Centenary days behind them with their names written throughout the record books.


Byrd was the only senior on the court for all but the final six matches of the season when Heckman returned from injury. The four-year starter provided experience to a young squad and even switched positions in the best interest of the team. She departs the court for the final time holding the Centenary career record for kills (1,250), kill attempts (3,446), and block assists (159). She also places in the top 10 of three other career categories as well as four single-season categories. She appears more than once in the single-season categories of kills (2002, 2004, 2005), attempts (2002, 2005), and aces (2004, 2005).


The record book is also laced with Heckman’s name as she appears 10 times throughout four career and four single-season categories despite playing only three seasons. She leaves the maroon and white as the all-time career leader in digs (1,215) and is third in kills (767) and kill attempts (2,814). On the single-season side, Heckman holds the top mark for attempts (1,341) and digs (546). She also claimed the record for most kills at 407 until Bochat eclipsed the mark this year.