Ladies Head South For Sheraton Four Points Classic
Thursday, September 14, 2006

Sarah Chambers

Christina Nichols

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary volleyball team departs today for New Orleans for the Sheraton Four Points New Orleans Volleyball Classic. The trip marks the first time the Ladies return to the area that was so badly damaged by hurricane Katrina since leaving the area just prior to the catastrophic event after a match in Hammond, La., last year. Centenary will face the host UNO Privateers in their opening match at 12 p.m. on Friday and will also take on Alabama-Birmingham later that day at 4:30 p.m.


Centenary (4-8) enters its final tournament of the season fresh off of a pair of wins at home on Monday evening. The Ladies discarded Alcorn State 3-0 (30-24, 30-22, 30-22) before coming from behind to drop Mississippi Valley State 3-1 (24-30, 30-25, 30-26, 30-18).


Sophomore Danielle Bochat leads the Ladies with 106 kills on the year, but fellow sophomore Ashlee Freeman is close behind with exactly 100 kills. Freshman Sarah Chambers has also gotten off to a hot start as she as accumulated 90 kills over her first 12 collegiate matches.


Junior Lindsay Bekelja currently ranks third in the Mid-Continent Conference with 370 assists while freshman Christina Nichols leads the league in service aces (24). Newcomer Lauren Fielding places fourth in the Mid-Con in digs (177) and also sits in the top eight in aces (17).


UNO opens up its own tournament with a 7-2 record having won its last three matches over Delaware State, Stetson, and Elon. UAB has also enjoyed a strong start to its season, posting a 7-3 mark as the Blazers are winners of their last four matches (Mercer, UNC Ashville, Nicholls State, and Troy).


The Ladies will battle I-49 rival Northwestern State on Saturday at 10 a.m. before wrapping up the tournament with their second match of the season against Alcorn State. The Lady Demons of NSU are 3-3 through their first six games and recently defeated Louisiana-Monroe 3-1. Alcorn is 0-6 after falling to Centenary on Monday.