Ladies Down Southern, Fall to UCA in Econo Lodge Centenary Classic
Saturday, September 2, 2006

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CC-UCA Box Score
CC-Southern Box Score

Lindsay Bekelja

Danielle Bochat

Lauren Fielding

Ashlee Freeman

Christina Nichols

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary volleyball team finished with a 2-2 record in the 2006 Econo Lodge Centenary Volleyball Classic after losing to tournament champion Central Arkansas 3-0 (14-30, 22-30, 22-30) before rebounding to discard Southern 3-1 (30-14, 25-30, 30-19, 30-22) in the finale. Junior setter Lindsay Bekelja and sophomore outside hitter Danielle Bochat were named to the all-tournament team for their exceptional play.


Centenary (2-5) could not find a rhythm against Central Arkansas (4-3) and the Sugar Bears used Amicha Williams, Tristen McNeal and Evaree Franklin effectively as all three collected more than eight kills in the match. Williams led UCA with 10 kills while libero Brianna LaBrot provided stellar defense with 17 digs.


The Ladies received another double-digit kill performance from Bochat (Boerne, Texas) as she led the Maroon and White attack with a match-high 11 in the loss. Lauren Fielding (Plano, Texas) paced the Centenary defensive effort with 16 digs and Bekelja (League City, Texas) collected a double double with 24 assists and 12 digs.


Centenary took out its frustrations from the early afternoon loss to UCA on Southern (0-4) in the nightcap. The Ladies scored the first seven points of the match fueled by a pair of kills from Rebecca Lunceford (Baton Rouge, La.). The home team then stretched its lead to 14 points at 16-2 on three kills from Ashlee Freeman (Houston, Texas) and two more from Sarah Chambers (Plano, Texas) en route to easily taking the game 30-14.


Southern stormed back in the second game and remained neck and neck with the Ladies, matching every point until nabbing a two-point advantage for the first time at 21-19 on a block from Cassandra Shivers and Ena Payne. The Jaguars would hold on to the small advantage and take the game 30-25.


A determined Centenary team returned to the court after the intermission and sprinted out to a 10-1 lead thanks in large part to three service aces by Fielding. The Ladies soared from there and easily closed out the game behind five kills from Bochat and four from Christina Nichols (Katy, Texas).


The final game of the contest seemed like a replay of game two with Southern again mirroring Centenary’s every point. The Ladies finally broke away to close out the match after a pair of Freeman kills and several well-placed dumps by Bekelja.


Four Centenary players recorded double-digit digs highlighted by Fielding’s match-high 23. Bochat tallied 19 digs to go with 14 kills while Nichols (17 digs) and Chevy White (Carthage, Texas) (13 digs) each played well defensively. Freeman led all Ladies with 16 kills and Bekelja dished out 45 assists in the win.


Econo Lodge Centenary Classic Final Standings

1st place: Central Arkansas (4-0)

2nd place: *Tulsa (3-1)

3rd place: Nicholls State (3-1)

4th place: Centenary (2-2)

t-5th place: Jackson State (0-4) & Southern (0-4)


*Tulsa owns tiebreaker over Nicholls State for second place after winning the head-to-head meeting between the two teams.


Econo Lodge Centenary Classic All-Tournament Team

Tournament MVP – Robyn Smith (S), Central Arkansas

Camila Scapini (MB), Central Arkansas

Kassiana Urnau (OH), Tulsa

Julia Silva (S), Tulsa

Kindra Halverson (MB), Nicholls State

Atina Porter (MB), Nicholls State

Lindsay Bekelja (S), Centenary

Danielle Bochat (OH), Centenary

Amanda Daniels (OH), Jackson State

Candace Southall (OH), Southern