Valpo Sweeps Depleted Ladies, 3-0
Saturday, October 15, 2005

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SHREVEPORT—The Centenary volleyball team began the 2005 campaign after learning that two of its top players would be out for the season. With an active roster of 10 players heading into Saturday’s match with defending Mid-Con champion Valparaiso, the Ladies were playing down another player after freshman libero Liliana Williams was suspended four games for violating team rules. The suspension meant several Ladies would play out of position in order to cover for Williams and the Crusaders took advantage, downing the depleted Centenary team 3-0 (30-13, 30-13, 30-27).


Centenary (9-16, 0-7 Mid-Con) struggled all match with its passing and could not organize a threat offensively. The Ladies allowed 11 Valparaiso service aces in the three games and managed to hit at only a .010 percentage in the loss. The maroon and white totaled just 11 kills through the first two games and did not record its initial kill until the eleventh point (9-2 Valpo) of the opening game.


Valparaiso (16-5, 6-1 Mid-Con) bounced back after dropping a five-game match to Oral Roberts on Friday evening to easily dispatch of the Ladies. The Crusaders hit .484 in the second game on 20 kills to only five errors in 31 attempts. Jessie Fox led the way with six kills in as many tries in the game while Brittany Marks chimed in with three aces.


Game three was a different story as Centenary regained its composure when senior Tracee Byrd entered the match for the first time. The Ladies responded with their best offensive game and led the majority of the way. However, with a 27-24 lead, Centenary could not hold on as its inconsistent passing allowed Valparaiso too many offensive chances. Jill Meyer, Tiffany Meikle, Sara Hughes, Allison Sears, and Nicole Schulz each posted three kills in the game for the Crusaders who used all its weapons in the win.


Fox finished with a match-high 12 kills for the visiting Crusaders while Sears tallied nine of her own. Hughes garnered a double double on the evening after collecting 10 digs to go with 13 assists while splitting time at the setter position with Katie Bova. Bova added 15 assists and eight digs for the brown and gold.


Danielle Bochat’s eight kills led the Ladies. Lindsay Bekelja earned 17 assists in the loss to make her just nine dishes short of becoming the first Centenary player to ever cross the 2,000 asissts mark. The sophomore is already the all-time assists leader in the program’s history as she currently sits with 1,991.


The Ladies will return to action quickly as they travel to face Prairie View A&M on Monday at 7 p.m. From there, Centenary will travel to Houston to take on Texas Southern and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Tuesday at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.