Prairie View No Match For Determined Ladies
Friday, September 9, 2005

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DENTON, Tex.—The Centenary volleyball team entered game one of the Mean Green Classic, hosted by the University of North Texas, determined to put forth a performance that would wipe away the memory of the Ladies’ loss at Grambling a few days ago. Centenary did just that with a dominating 3-1 victory over Prairie View A&M which saw the Ladies finish off the match with a .400 hitting percentage behind 17 kills to only three errors in the final game.


Centenary (4-5) received a tremendous effort from sophomore Shayla Andreas who missed the team’s last match with an injured hand. The 6’1” middle blocker from El Campo, Texas, returned to the rotation in a big way by pounding down a team-high 13 kills while committing just two errors on 22 attempts (.500 percentage).


“Shayla returning to the lineup really gave our offense a boost and brought enthusiasm and leadership to the court,” said Centenary head coach Jenny Hazelwood. “She did a great job today.”


The loss for Prairie View A&M (2-5) was the second of the day for the Lady Panthers after they were downed by Wyoming in the tournament opener. Centenary provided no slack for the reeling PVAM squad as the Ladies were clicking on all cylinders for most of the match.


“After a tough loss Wednesday night, we came out looking to improve in a lot of areas. We picked up our serve-receive passing and our overall intensity,” said Hazelwood.


Four Ladies notched double figure kills in the win. In addition to Andreas, Tracee Byrd and Danielle Bochat each rifled 12 kills while Ashlee Freeman recorded 10 kills. Byrd picked up her fifth double double on the season by also collecting a game-high 19 digs. Lili Williams posted 13 digs on defense and Lindsay Bekelja racked up 49 assists in the contest.


Centenary will continue its participation in the Mean Green Classic with a 1 p.m. match against Wyoming on Saturday followed by its final match of the tournament at 7 p.m. versus North Texas.