Ladies Overpowered by #11 Tennessee and Virginia
Saturday, August 26, 2006

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CC-UT Box Score 8-26-06
CC-Virginia Box Score 8-26-06

Lindsay Bekelja

Ashlee Freeman

Danielle Bochat

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—The Centenary volleyball team concluded play in the 2006 Comcast Lady Vol Classic on Saturday with a pair of losses. The Ladies dropped the first match of the twinbill against #11 Tennessee 3-0 (30-16, 30-15, 30-25) before falling to Virginia 3-0 (30-12, 30-15, 30-15). Junior Lindsay Bekelja was named to the All-Tournament team after collecting 70 assists over the team’s three matches.


In the first game of the day for the Ladies, Tennessee sped out to a 7-0 lead and never looked back. Centenary (0-3) allowed four aces to the Lady Vol service attack and hit for only a .079 percentage in the game. Tennessee, however, clicked on all cylinders and racked up 14 kills while committing just two errors.


Tennessee (2-0) kept up the offensive display in game two and hit at an impressive .560 clip, but the Ladies hung tough in the early going. Centenary used kills from freshman Sarah Chambers and sophomore Ashlee Freeman in addition to an ace from freshman Lauren Fielding to grab a 4-1 advantage. The Maroon and White then committed five consecutive attack errors and the Lady Vols quickly turned the tide and easily took the game.


After a long talk at the intermission by head coach Jenny Hazelwood, Centenary returned to the court with a newfound intensity. Although the Ladies got off to a slow start with a 7-1 deficit, the team ran off six of the next seven points on the strength of three kills from Chambers to bring Centenary within one at 8-7. The Ladies would fall no further than five points behind the powerful SEC team the rest of the way as they hit a respectful .238 percentage while compiling 16 kills on only three errors.


Chambers paced Centenary for the second match in a row with 10 kills. Fielding recorded double-digit digs once again with 12 on the afternoon while sophomore Danielle Bochat contributed 11 digs to the defensive effort. Bekelja dished out 29 assists in the losing cause.


In the nightcap, Virginia (2-1) went on an 8-0 run thanks to three kills, two aces, and several hitting errors by Centenary attackers to take a commanding lead at 11-2 in game one. The Cavaliers featured a balanced attack as five different players notched multiple kills in taking the game.


Game two saw the Ladies hang with the ACC school longer as Centenary trailed by just five at 14-9 after a kill by Freeman. Virginia again put another run together and extended the lead to 19-10 with several kills by Sarah Kirkwood. Bochat pounded down four kills for the Maroon and White, but it would not be enough to salvage the game.  


Centenary opened game three with a kill by Freeman on a free ball and the sophomore would record the following two kills as well to put the Ladies on top 3-2. The game see-sawed back and forth until a Virginia kill pushed the score to 8-6 in favor of the Cavaliers. Nichols’ only kill of the third game brought the deficit to just three at 13-10 before Katie Oakes provided five kills for UVA to put the game out of reach.


Freeman led the Ladies offensively with eight kills in the match while Bekelja recorded a match-high 12 digs in addition to her 19 assists.     


The Ladies will next compete on Friday when they host the Econo Lodge Centenary Classic in the Gold Dome. Centenary will take on Jackson State at 11 a.m. before battling Nicholls State at 7 p.m.