Ladies Fall to UNO, UAB at Sheraton Four Points Classic
Friday, September 15, 2006


Files associated with this release:
CC-UNO Box Score
CC-UAB Box Score


Lauren Fielding

Ashlee Freeman

Sarah Chambers

—The Centenary volleyball team opened play on day one of the New Orleans Sheraton Four Points Classic with a pair of disappointing losses. The Ladies fell to the host UNO Privateers 3-0 (30-15, 30-16, 30-24) and also lost to the UAB (Alabama-Birmingham) Blazers 3-0 (30-22, 30-19, 30-26). In both matches the Ladies came on strong in the final game and pushed both opponents to the brink.

 

Centenary (4-10) did not get off to the start it had hoped for in the morning match with UNO (8-2). The Privateers quickly cashed in on two Ladies attack errors and a ball handling error to claim a 6-1 lead out of the gate. The Maroon and White would call a timeout after falling behind at 10-3, but would never receive the spark it needed to get back on track.

 

The second game was equally as frustrating for the Ladies as UNO cruised to a 30-16 win in much the same fashion as they took game one. However, the Privateers found themselves in a dog fight on their home court as Centenary bounced back in game three.

 

Losing 6-3 in the opening minutes, the Ladies began to find a rhythm on the court and began closing the gap. A kill from junior Lindsay Bekelja (League City, TX/Clear Creek) knotted the score at 7-7 and another kill from sophomore Ashlee Freeman (Houston, TX/Bellaire) gave Centenary its first lead of the day at 8-7. After the two teams jostled back and forth for several points, UNO gained control on a service ace and never relinquished the lead. The Ladies hung tough, cutting the score to 27-23 after a Rebekah Hill (Carthage, TX/Carthage) kill, but came up on the short side of the 30-24 score.

 

Freeman led the Ladies with five kills on the morning while sophomore Danielle Bochat (Boerne, TX/Boerne) collected a team-high 12 digs. Freshman Lauren Fielding (Plano, TX/Plano Senior) recorded 10 digs in the loss.

 

UAB (9-3) would use the triumvirate of Aleksandra Vujovic, Casey Dent, and Ivana Bozic to keep pressure on the Ladies defense in the afternoon match. With the score 7-6 in favor of the Blazers in game one, four kills from the big three with an attack error in between would give UAB a relaxing cushion at 11-7. The Blazers continued to pull away until two aces from Fielding and a pair of UAB attack errors placed Centenary back within five at 22-17. Trying to draw the Ladies even closer, Fielding’s next serve would land just beyond the court boundary and the run would end as the Maroon and White lost the contest 30-22.

 

Centenary jumped on UAB to start game two and used kills from freshman Sarah Chambers (Plano, TX/Plano West), Bochat, and Bekelja to stake a four-point advantage at 9-5. The Ladies fortunes took a turn from there as the Blazers ran off the next nine consecutive points with the help of five Centenary errors to soar out in front 14-9. The Ladies were unable to recover and dropped the game 30-19.

 

Just as the Ladies refused to go easily against UNO, the plan was the same despite trailing 2-0 to UAB. Again Centenary controlled the early points as four straight aces off the arm of Bochat allowed the Maroon and White to take hold of a 9-6 lead. This time the Ladies would still be in front at 12-11 before an error and an ace by UAB put the opponent on top. Three consecutive errors by the Blazers catapulted Centenary back to the right side of a 17-16 score, but three more aces gave UAB the safe margin it needed to hold off the Ladies at 30-26.

 

Vujovic, Dent, and Bozic each finished with 11 kills for UNO while Fernanda Domingos added nine kills and five aces to the winning effort.

 

Bochat paced Centenary with 8 kills and Chambers hit at an impressive .308 clip, recording five kills with only one error on 13 attempts. Fielding extended her consecutive match streak with double digit digs to 11 with 17 digs on the afternoon.

 

The Ladies will tackle Northwestern State at 10 a.m. on Saturday before closing out the tournament with a 4:30 p.m. match with Alcorn State. Fans can follow all the action on Saturday through live stats located at http://www.unoprivateers.com/livestats/volleyball/xlive.htm.