Ladies Come Up Short Against Oakland
Friday, October 14, 2005

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Centenary-Oakland Boxscore

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary volleyball team battled hard and nearly came up victorious, but visiting Oakland came through with the points when it needed it as the Golden Grizzlies defeated the Ladies on Friday night 3-0 (30-20, 31-29, 30-27). Oakland was able to shut down a hot Danielle Bochat for Centenary in game three and held on for the win despite 15 service errors.


Centenary (9-15, 0-6 Mid-Con) looked sluggish in the opening game and the Golden Grizzlies took advantage, hitting at a .429 clip on 17 kills and just two errors in 35 attempts. Heather Lippert and Adrienne Leone led the way with five kills each for OU, but Bochat nearly matched with her effort of four kills for the Ladies.


Oakland (4-18, 3-3 Mid-Con) continued its exceptional hitting in game two as the visitors racked up 21 kills. Centenary fought hard to overcome an early deficit and matched OU point-for-point down the stretch, but the Ladies came up just short. Bochat and Shayla Andreas each had three kills for the maroon and white but five kills from Lippert and seven more from Leone sealed the game for Oakland.


The Ladies held the advantage several times in game three and out-hit Oakland .237 (16 kills) to .220 (15 kills). However, the Golden Grizzlies neutralized Bochat as the freshman collected only one kill on five attempts in the final game. Freshman Rebbeca Lunceford came off the bench to pick up some of the slack by notching three kills and three digs in limited action and served six consecutive points at one point for Centenary. But it was the tandem of Lippert and Leone for OU who pounded down five and four more kills respectively to preserve the win.


Leone finished the evening with a match-high 16 kills on 38 attempts while Lippert was more efficient with 15 kills on 26 attempts. Lauren Duquette led the way for Oakland with 19 digs and Leone rounded out her double double with 12 digs. Becca Moller dished out 45 assists in a win that brought the Golden Grizzlies to .500 in Mid-Con play.


Bochat and Ashlee Freeman led the Centenary attack with eight kills apiece in the loss. Andreas recorded six kills on 10 attempts without an error for a .600 hitting percentage and Stephanie Scanlan also added six kills. Bochat set the pace for the Ladies defensively with 17 digs.


Centenary will return to action tomorrow at 5 p.m. when the Ladies host Mid-Con defending champion Valparaiso in the Gold Dome.