Oral Roberts Sweeps Volleyball Ladies, 3-0
Friday, October 21, 2005

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CC-ORU Boxscore 10-21-05

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary volleyball team knew it had a tough battle ahead when hosting Mid-Con leader Oral Roberts in the Gold Dome on Friday after already having played the Golden Eagles on the road. ORU again showed the Ladies why it sits atop the conference standings by sweeping Centenary in three games by the scores of 30-21, 30-10, 30-17.


Oral Roberts (14-8, 7-1 Mid-Con) fell behind in the early going as Centenary stunned the Golden Eagles by tallying the first four points of the match. ORU responded with a 5-0 run of its own and the two teams settled into a seesaw affair that showed the Ladies still ahead after 25 points at 13-12. Cris Alves then stepped up her service game and notched two of her seven aces on the night and Ori Zuzic blasted seven of her 15 total kills to place the visitors ahead for good in game one.


Centenary (10-19, 0-8 Mid-Con) struggled offensively in the second game as the maroon and white finished with only four kills and a hitting percentage of -.250. On the other side of the net things were going well for Oral Roberts. Despite multiple blocks by the Ladies, the Golden Eagles continued to pound away and ripped 12 kills while committing only a single error for an impressive percentage of .579.


The Ladies stayed within striking distance in the final game, but the ORU service game puzzled Centenary all evening. Seven aces in game three gave Oral Roberts 17 on the night and allowed the Golden Eagles to complete the sweep.


Ashlee Freeman led Centenary with eight kills while Danielle Bochat added seven in the loss. Tracee Byrd recorded a team-high seven digs and Lindsay Bekelja finished with 17 assists.


Jackie Oliveira and JoJo Souza each contributed nine kills in addition to Zuzic’s effort of 15 to pace Oral Roberts. Oliveira and Alves notched 13 digs each while Brittany Arnold added 30 assists in the winning cause.


Centenary does not play again until next Friday and Saturday when it travels on a two-match Mid-Con road swing with stops at Western Illinois and UMKC. Both games are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the respective cities.