Westerwinds Too Strong for Ladies
Saturday, October 1, 2005

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary volleyball team lost to Western Illinois in three straight games (30-22, 30-16, 30-26) in the Gold Dome on Saturday evening. After a tough five-game loss to UMKC on Friday, the Ladies could not find the energy or the consistency needed to upset the Westerwinds. With the loss, Centenary falls to 0-3 in Mid-Continent Conference play while Western Illinois improves to 3-1 against the league.


Centenary (9-12, 0-3 Mid-Con) showed flashes of what Coach Jenny Hazelwood’s young team has to look forward to in the future, but also showed its youth by committing several costly mistakes. The starting lineup of five underclassmen battled the seasoned Westerwinds and reeled off several runs that carried the Ladies to leads. However, the rallies could not be sustained as untimely service and attack errors by Centenary led to its demise.


Western Illnois (7-9, 3-1 Mid-Con) did not dominate the Ladies as much as its solid play outlasted Centenary. Jennifer Alexander provided key service passes to allow Lisa Sullentrop to successfully orchestrate the offense from her setter position. Sullentrop dished out 33 assists in the win and added four kills while keeping the Ladies off balance most of the night.


Centenary posed its biggest threat to the visitors at the beginning of game three as the Ladies raced out to a 6-0 advantage. However, WIU would not allow the game to get out of hand as Mo Houston and Patty Melinauskas each dropped five kills in the game to carry the Westerwinds.


Melinauskas led Western Illinos with 11 kills in the match while Mary Olson hit at a .562 clip in tallying her 10 kills with just one error. Amy Sauerwein was one of three Westerwinds to collect double-digit digs as she finished with a match-high 15 to go with Houston’s 13 and Alexander’s 10.


Tracee Byrd was the most effective power source for Centenary as she pounded down 12 kills in the losing effort. Danielle Bochat added 10 kills and 10 digs to earn her sixth double double of the season.


The Ladies will take the week off before returning to Mid-Con play next weekend. The maroon and white will travel to Chicago State for a 7 p.m. match on Friday before making the trip to IUPUI for a 7 p.m. contest on Saturday.