Ladies Prepare to Revisit South Louisiana for ULL Tourney
Thursday, September 1, 2005

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary volleyball team will travel back to South Louisiana on Friday to take part in the Southern Spikes Select Classic tournament hosted by the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. The Ladies were 2-2 in their season-opening tournament last weekend at Southeastern Louisiana with wins over Alcorn State and Alabama State before leaving Hammond less than 24 hours ahead of Hurricane Katrina’s arrival. Centenary will face in-state rivals Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana Tech in the weekend event before wrapping up their trip with a match against Jackson State.


“I was really pleased with our performance last weekend,” said head coach Jenny Hazelwood. “The team played very well and we are looking to build on that experience.”


Centenary’s successful weekend was especially rewarding for two Ladies as freshman Danielle Bochat was named to the All-Tournament team and fellow newcomer Liliana Williams reeled in Mid-Con Defensive Player of the Week honors. Bochat led the team with 41 kills and posted her first two career double doubles while Williams compiled a team-best 48 digs over the four matches.


The young Ladies team will receive another test this weekend when they battle ULL (0-2), Louisiana Tech (1-1), and Jackson State. However, Hazelwood has high expectations for her youthful group and expects the team to continue maturing.


“We will be tested early in this tournament, but we have the opportunity to play some very competitive matches. I would like to see us improve with our blocking and our serve receive passing. If we can do that, we should be a tough team to beat,” said Hazelwood.


Louisiana-Lafayette is first up for the Ladies as the two teams will square off on Friday evening at 7 p.m. Centenary will conclude the tournament on Saturday with a 12 p.m. match against the Lady Techsters and a 5 p.m. showdown with Jackson State. The Ladies have not defeated the Ragin’ Cajuns in the all-time series as ULL has taken all nine meetings. Louisiana Tech holds a 28-7 mark against the Centenary program while the Ladies are 12-1 head-to-head with JSU.