Ladies Place Third in Tourney after Loss to UNT
Sunday, September 11, 2005

Files associated with this release:
CC-North Texas Box Score

DENTON, Tex.—The Centenary volleyball team finished 1-2 in the Mean Green Classic after falling to tournament host North Texas 30-20, 30-24, 30-12 on Saturday night. The Ladies finished third in the four team event and freshman Ashlee Freeman was recognized for her efforts with a spot on the all-tournament team.


Despite the loss, Centenary coach Jenny Hazelwood was pleased with the performance of the Ladies after coming off a disappointing match against Wyoming on Saturday afternoon.


“We came out focused and played a much closer match,” said Hazelwood. “We still have a few areas in which we need to improve, but we got better through the weekend.”


North Texas (2-8) benefited from its exceptional defense and the outstanding play of setter Heidi Johnson. As a team, the Mean Green came up with 52 digs in the three-game match paced by Jessica Hulsebosch’s 15 digs. Johnson contributed 14 digs of her own while dishing out 39 assists as she moved the ball around well all evening.


Centenary (4-7) featured a much-improved offensive attack compared to its lackluster performance earlier in the day (.-029). Tracee Byrd put down 11 kills in leading the Ladies to a .119 hitting percentage in the nightcap. She also collected her sixth double double in 11 matches thus far with 10 digs.


Lili Williams and Danielle Bochat each stepped up their defensive intensity by recording 13 digs and 12 digs respectively.


Freeman earned her second career all-tournament team selection by compiling 23 digs and 12 total blocks over three matches. The complete team includes Tasha Weishahn (MVP) and Andrea Seele from Wyoming, Brooke Engel from North Texas, and Crystal Stigler from Prairie View A&M in addition to Freeman.


The Ladies will next play in the Prairie View A&M Tournament the weekend of Sept. 16th and 17th . It is the final tournament of the season for Centenary, who hosts its home opener against Alcorn State on Sept. 21st. Mid-Continent Conference action begins the same week as the maroon and white will travel to Oral Roberts for a Sept. 23rd meeting with the Golden Eagles.