Ladies Get Revenge, Beat Grambling 3-1
Sunday, September 18, 2005

PRAIRIE VIEW, Tex.—The Centenary volleyball team avenged its loss earlier this season to Grambling State by disposing of the Lady Tigers 3-1 (23-30, 30-27, 30-23, and 30-24) on Saturday evening. The Ladies finished 3-1 in the Prairie View A&M Tournament to claim second place. With the win, Centenary surpassed its win total of last year (6-30) by improving to 7-8 on the season.


The Ladies needed a wake-up call after starting slowly against Grambling State. The Lady Tigers jumped out to a 16-5 lead and held the 11-point advantage all the way up to 21-10 thanks to the strong offense of Lacey Cormier. Centenary whittled away at the lead, drawing within four at 24-20 behind three kills from Ashlee Freeman and an ace from Lindsay Bekelja. GSU and Cormier ended all hopes of a comeback with four more kills to close out the game.


Centenary responded by making several adjustments both offensively and defensively to keep Cormier at bay. The Ladies kept the Lady Tigers’ biggest player moving by spreading out their offensive opportunities. Tracee Byrd and Danielle Bochat both tallied six kills in the second game while Shayla Andreas added two blocks.


After tying the match at one game apiece, the Ladies easily won the final two games to sail to the victory. Centenary’s Freeman and Bochat added nine kills and eight kills respectively the rest of the way and four aces by the maroon and white service game proved timely.


Bochat finished with 20 kills on the match to mark the third time this season the freshman has accomplished the feat. She also added 16 digs to earn her second double double. Bochat was recognized for her outstanding play over the four-match stretch by being named to the All-Tournament Team. In addition, Freeman totaled 15 kills while Byrd pounded down 11 kills in the win.


Centenary will host Alcorn State in its home opener in the Gold Dome on Wednesday at 6 p.m.