Ladies Volleyball Ends SLU Tourney With Split
Saturday, August 27, 2005

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HAMMOND, La.—The Centenary volleyball team completed the final day of the Southeastern Louisiana Tournament with a split after falling to the host Lions 3-0 (24-30, 24-30, 25-30) in the morning session and regrouping to defeat Alabama State 3-0 (30-28, 30-25, 30-27). The Ladies finished 2-2 for the weekend highlighted by the play of freshman Danielle Bochat. The newcomer notched 41 kills and 29 digs over the first four matches of her collegiate career to earn a spot on the All-Tournament team.


Centenary fought hard in a very competitive battle with Southeastern Louisiana, but could not eliminate unfortunate mistakes. The Ladies surrendered five service aces to the Lions and could not contain Keri Hamblin as she racked up 13 kills without a single hitting error.


“We made a lot of unforced errors and suffered through some poor passing,” said head coach Jenny Hazelwood. “We felt as though we were very evenly matched with SLU, but we will need to play with more consistency to beat a team of that caliber in the future.”


Despite the team loss, several Ladies stepped up offensively. Freshman Ashlee Freeman turned in another solid performance with a team-high 11 kills. Senior Tracee Byrd matched Freeman’s effort with 11 kills of her own to go with 21 digs to earn her first double double of the season. Bochat recorded her first career double double with 10 kills and 10 digs.


Centenary’s tournament finale would see the Ladies dig out of a hole to take their first game in which they needed to come from behind. Down 26-21 in the opening game of their match with Alabama State, the Ladies banded together to outscore their opponent 9-2 the rest of the way to pull out the 30-28 victory.


“I’m really proud of the determination we showed to come back after being down early,” said Hazelwood of the win. “I’m also pleased with our overall performance in the tournament. For such a young team, they came out strong and played well the entire weekend.”


Bochat led the way again for the Ladies as she picked up her second consecutive double double with 10 kills and 11 digs. Byrd added 11 kills to the winning cause and freshman Liliana Williams totaled a team-best 13 digs from her libero position.


The Ladies will take five days off before returning to the court to take part in the Louisiana-Lafayette Tournament next Friday.