Ladies Come Up Short to Rival Louisiana Tech
Saturday, September 3, 2005

Chevy White

LAFAYETTE, La.--The Centenary volleyball team dropped their second match of the Southern Spikes Select Classic against Louisiana Tech 3-1 on Saturday afternoon. The Ladies fell to the Lady Techsters 30-27, 30-25, 30-32, 30-15 in the first contest of their scheduled doubleheader. Centenary will now battle Jackson State to wrap-up their participation in the Louisiana-Lafayette sponsored tournament at 5 pm today.

"We played much better today," said head coach Jenny Hazelwood on this morning's match after the Ladies suffered a disspointing loss to ULL on Friday. "Our passing is not where we need it to be, but we managed to work the ball around."

Despite her sub-par performance against the Ragin' Cajuns, setter Lindsay Bekelja bounced back to her All-Mid-Con form of 2004 with 31 assists in the loss on Saturday to Louisiana Tech. Ashlee Freeman led the Ladies with 12 kills while Tracee Byrd notched another double double with 10 kills and 16 digs. Centenary also received contributions from freshmen Chevy White (10 digs, 2 service aces) and Lili Williams (13 digs, 2 service aces).

Louisiana Tech (3-1) was led offensively by the duo of Ambra Hayes and Shannon Phillips who each powered down 16 kills in the victory. The Lady Techsters also featured a top-notch service game as Meghan Haas and Brittney Nakamura each finished with four aces.

Centenary (2-4) now looks ahead to its next match against Jackson State.

"Jackson State is a very athletic team. We need to come out with a lot of energy and focus on minimizing our errors," said Hazelwood. "If we do this, it should be a good match for us."