Ladies Volleyball Falls Short of Comeback Against UMKC
Friday, September 30, 2005


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SHREVEPORT – The Centenary volleyball team battled visiting Mid-Continent Conference foe UMKC to the fifth game of their conference home opening match, but fell just short of earning their first Mid-Con victory since joining the league two years ago.  The 30-24, 23-30, 20-30, 31-29, 10-15 loss was the Ladies first five game match ever in Mid-Con competition.

 

After winning the first game 30-24, the Ladies dropped the next two to the Kangaroos 30-23 and 30-20.  UMKC (3-10, 1-2 Mid-Con) looked to have the match in hand as they held a 28-26 advantage in the fourth game.  Centenary had other ideas however, and quickly negated the lead behind inspired defense and a raucous crowd of the Maroon and White faithful.  Senior Tracee Byrd would shave off the two point UMKC lead to tie the match at 28, and freshman libero Lili Williams would provide a stellar dig to save what would be the match point kill at 29-28.  Instead, her defensive prowess set up the tying kill by Danielle Bochat, evening the score at 29-29 and putting Williams on the line to serve.  After a commanding block by Ashlee Freeman to gain a one point advantage, UMKC couldn’t respond and gave the Ladies the fourth game 31-29 as their final attack sailed wide.

 

The fifth and deciding game started as a strong back-and-forth affair, with the two squads trading leads until they reached a 6-6 tie.  The Kangaroos’ Lauren Starks’ serving would help UMKC win four of the next five points and take a 10-7 advantage.  The Ladies (9-11, 0-2 Mid-Con) wouldn’t give up though, and pulled within two at 10-12, but couldn’t hold on as UMKC finished out the match with the next three points.

 

Bochat proved once again to be a viable threat for the Ladies attack, collecting a team-high 17 kills to go along with her game-high 15 digs.  Byrd and Freeman would join her in double-digit kills with 10 and 13 respectively, while Shayla Andreas would quietly pick up seven kills with a super efficient .700 hitting percentage.

 

Defensively, Williams and sophomore setter Lindsay Bekelja would add double-figure digs with 14 and 12 respectively.  Bekelja would add 52 assists and a service ace on the night.  Junior Stephanie Scanlan would put on a show of versatility as well, chiming in with eight kills, seven digs, a block, and an assist.

 

Centenary continues Mid-Con action as they host Western Illinois to the Gold Dome on Saturday at 5 p.m.