Ladies Dismiss Prairie View A&M
Friday, September 16, 2005

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PRAIRIE VIEW, Tex.—The Centenary volleyball team overcame a sluggish start in an early morning match to defeat the host school in the Prairie View A&M Tournament on Friday. The Ladies regrouped after losing the opening game to drop the Lady Panthers 21-30, 30-24, 30-26, and 30-21. Freshman Danielle Bochat earned a double double with a match-high 20 kills to go with 11 digs.


Centenary (5-7) battled back and forth in game one, trading points with PVAM until sophomore Shayla Andreas was called for a block error to pit the score at 18-16 in favor of the Lady Panthers. Andreas followed with a kill to pull the Ladies within one, but the home team put the game away with a 9-0 run fueled by two aces and three Centenary attack errors.  


After a fiery lashing by head coach Jenny Hazelwood between games, the Ladies finally began to show signs of life in game two. Centenary held the advantage for the majority of the contest but gave itself some breathing room when Bochat, Andreas, and Stephanie Scanlan combined on back-to-back blocks to push the score to 21-19. Four different Ladies recorded kills and Chevy White came off the bench for an ace to close out game two in Centenary’s favor.


“After a slow start, we really came out and focused in game two,” said Hazelwood. “Prairie View is a good defensive team and we had to work hard to earn points.”


Prairie View A&M (3-7) had the tables turned on them in game three as the Lady Panthers looked tired and Centenary raced out to a 7-2 lead. PVAM made a strong attempt at a comeback and actually stole the lead at 20-19 when Bochat’s attack was blocked. Andreas and Scanlan once again joined forces to put up a big block for the Ladies and two kills apiece from Bochat, Ashlee Freeman, and Andreas sealed the win for Centenary.


Game four was an easier task for the Ladies as the momentum had clearly been stolen by Centenary. With the score knotted at 12-12, the maroon and white delivered the knock out blow with a 14-3 run highlighted by five kills from Bochat.


Bochat’s 20 kills are a season-high for a Centenary player. The freshman hit at a .333 clip as she committed only five errors in 45 attempts. Tracee Byrd powered down 11 kills in the victory while Freeman reached double digits again with 10 kills of her own. Liliana Williams came up with 16 digs on the defensive side and Lindsay Bekelja tallied 45 assists on the morning.


“Dani had a great match,” said Hazelwood on Bochat’s breakout performance. “Her enthusiasm helped carry the team, and she really came through in the clutch situations.”


Centenary will next play at 1 p.m. today, as it will take on Portland State in the third match of the Prairie View A&M Tournament. The Ladies will also see court time against Texas Southern and Grambling State on Saturday.