Centenary Volleyball Opens Season Friday
Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Lindsay Bekelja

Danielle Bochat

Ashlee Freeman

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary volleyball team will depart for its 11-hour bus trip to Knoxville, Tenn., in the early hours Thursday morning. The Ladies are traveling to the Volunteer State to kick off their 2006 campaign by participating in the Comcast Lady Vol Classic hosted by the University of Tennessee.


The Ladies will be the first Centenary athletic team to open their regular season for the 2006-07 academic year when they take on Miami of Ohio on Friday at 5 p.m.. They will also play Tennessee and Virginia on Saturday at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. respectively.


Centenary finished last season with a 12-26 mark, which included its first-ever victory in Mid-Con play when the Ladies defeated Chicago State 3-1. The team returns all but two players from the 2005 squad, including junior Lindsay Bekelja and sophomores Danielle Bochat and Ashlee Freeman.


Bekelja is Centenary’s all-time assists leader after just two years in the program. Last year she set the single-season record for assists, surpassing her own 2004 mark, with 1,268 assists. Bochat recorded a program-best 439 kills en route to being named to the 2005 All-Louisiana Team as a freshman outside hitter and fellow newcomer Freeman tallied 363 kills from her middle blocker position while posting a new Centenary record with 78 block assists. 


Head Coach Jenny Hazelwood has been enthusiastic when speaking about her new team and the addition of key freshmen to provide depth along with several returners has the players anxious to get on the court. Senior Stephanie Scanlan ranks in the top ten of three different career Centenary categories (assists, block assists, and total blocks) and brings a wealth of experience as the only fourth-year player on the roster. Sophomores Rebecca Lunceford and Chevy White look to build on their debut seasons last year while the freshman class of Sarah Chambers, Lauren Fielding, Rebekah Hill, and Christina Nichols will also be called upon to contribute.


The Ladies are a combined 0-1 all-time against the rest of the Comcast Lady Vol Classic field. Centenary has never met Tennessee or Miami of Ohio on the court and dropped its only contest against Virginia in three games when both teams took part in the LSU Tiger Classic during the 2003 season.


Fans can follow the Ladies matches all weekend long at the Comcast Lady Vol Classic by going to the Live Stats/Audio page of the Centenary Official Athletics Website located at www.GoCentenary.com.