Sluggish Play Plagues Ladies Against North Dakota State
Saturday, September 24, 2005

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- The Centenary volleyball team lost the second game of its current two-game road trip 3-0 to North Dakota State on Saturday afternoon. The Ladies did not show any of the spark that led them to their previous eight wins this season in losing 30-27, 30-21, and 30-21.

Centenary (8-10) roared out to an 8-3 lead in the opening game but allowed North Dakota State to hang around by committing several costly errors. As the Bison closed in late in the contest, the Ladies seemed to lose their offensive balance and NDSU grabbed its first lead at 23-22. Centenary tied the score at 27-27 on a kill by Ashlee Freeman, but two kills by North Dakota State and an attack error by Rebecca Lunceford sealed the 30-27 victory for the Bison.

North Dakota State (1-14) improved offensively throughout the match hitting just .208 in the first game compared to .351 and .421 in the final two sessions. NDSU took an early 2-1 advantage and never relinquished the lead in winning the second game 30-21. The Ladies tried to sustain a comeback in the final game of the day, but could not muster the firepower to gain any ground as the Bison easily took the 30-21 win.

Freeman finished the day with 12 kills to pace Centenary while Tracee Byrd recorded a team-high 10 digs in the losing effort. Danielle Bochat and Lili Williams each added nine digs on the day.

Kim Hebl led NDSU with a match-high 14 kills. Kelly Lopez and Christy Stuewe balanced out the Bison attack with 12 kills apiece while Sheila Parrish piled up 43 assists in the win.

The Ladies will return to action on Wednesday when they host Prairie View A&M in the Gold Dome at 7 p.m.