Ladies Bounce Back to Crush Alcorn State
Friday, August 26, 2005

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HAMMOND, La.—After dropping the season opener on Friday morning to the University of New Orleans, the Centenary Ladies volleyball team bounced back in fine fashion to easily discard Alcorn State 3-0 (30-19, 30-14, 30-12) in game four of the Southeastern Louisiana Tournament. Freshmen Ashlee Freeman and Danielle Bochat each pounded out 13 kills to the lead the Ladies while senior Tracee Byrd tallied 11 kills from an unfamiliar position.


Centenary (1-1) came out firing on all cylinders offensively in their second match of the day. The Ladies only got better has the match went on, improving their hitting percentages each game until achieving an exceptional .542 percentage in game three. Overall, the team hit at a .356 clip powered by outstanding performances from Bochat, Byrd, Freeman, and sophomore Shayla Andreas.


Freeman, who struggled from the outside in the opening match, swapped positions with middle blocker Tracee Byrd for the second match in a strategic move by head coach Jenny Hazelwood. The move paid immediate dividends as both Freeman and Byrd put down kill after kill en route to the victory.


“Tracee really showed her senior leadership by adjusting so easily to a position she has never played before,” said Hazelwood. “She played with confidence and was able to continue to be one of our go-to girls even when she was placed outside of her element.”


Bochat and Freeman torched the Lady Braves defense with 13 kills apiece while compiling hitting percentages of .423 and .435 respectively. Byrd notched 11 kills from her new spot on the outside while Andreas committed only one attack error in 17 attempts to go with eight kills.  


“I am very pleased with the performance of our team this afternoon. We corrected a lot of things after our first match and maintained a high level of play on a consistent basis,” said Hazelwood.


The first win of the season for the Ladies was truly a team effort. Sophomore Lindsay Bekelja ran the offense smoothly, accumulating 39 assists in only three games. Freshman Liliana Williams provided defensive stability by again leading the team in digs with nine and newcomer Chevy White added instant offense with four service aces off of the bench.


Alcorn State’s (0-2) Onika Angus and Monique Blando each totaled a team-high four kills in the loss. The Lady Braves avoided hitting for a negative percentage for the match after posting a match-best .231 percentage in the final game. ASU finished with a hitting percentage of .016.


Centenary will look to carry the winning momentum into tomorrow’s contests against Southeastern Louisiana and Alabama State. The Ladies will take on SLU at 12 p.m. before concluding the tournament with a 4 p.m. match with the Lady Hornets.