Ladies Volleyball Sets Multiple Records in Win Over TSU
Sunday, September 18, 2005

PRAIRIE VIEW, Tex.—The Centenary volleyball team put forth a tremendous effort on Saturday morning in outlasting Texas Southern to win in five games (30-27, 26-30, 27-30, 30-25, and 15-6). The Ladies took the final two games to gain the victory and improve to 2-1 in the Prairie View A&M Tournament. Several Centenary records fell in the match, including the all-time marks for most team kills (82) and team assists (75). Sophomore Lindsay Bekelja dished out 67 assists to best her own record of 58 set last season and freshman Danielle Bochat tied a long-standing maroon and white record with 30 kills.


“After a very up and down match, I am proud of how we pulled out this win,” said Centenary head coach Jenny Hazelwood. “Everybody contributed to this victory and we are starting to see more team unity. We look forward to continuing to grow so that we are prepared for conference play.”


Centenary (6-8) battled back from a 6-1 deficit in game one to take an 18-14 lead and seemed to have control of the contest when Texas Southern started a run of their own. TSU not only closed the gap behind several aces, but also benefited from two Centenary service errors to steal the advantage at 24-21. The Ladies answered the call behind the play of Rebecca Lunceford who entered the game as a sub. The freshman quickly recorded two kills and a block assist to carry Centenary to the 30-27 win.


Texas Southern (0-8) seemed to solve the Ladies serve receive scheme over the next two games as TSU had already totaled 12 aces by the start of game four. Centenary could not sustain a steady offensive attack and dropped the games 30-26 and 30-27.


The Ladies regained their composure to take the fourth game (30-25) behind six kills from senior Tracee Byrd and another four kills from Bochat. Centenary clearly looked like the stronger team in the fifth and final game as the Ladies had their way with Texas Southern in sailing to the 15-6 victory.  


Bochat led all players with a Centenary record-tying performance of 30 kills. She joins Angela Soliz as the co-owner of the mark that has stood since 1994. Byrd contributed an impressive 18 kills and five aces while Ashlee Freeman rebounded for 13 kills after missing game one. Bekelja surpassed her own record of 58 assists by notching 67 assists in the morning session.


With the win, Centenary grabbed its sixth win of the season, tying the total victories for the program all last year despite having only one senior on its active roster. The Ladies will look to claim its seventh win to surpass the 2004 total with a win over Grambling State later this afternoon.