Ladies Dominate Alcorn to Earn Split in New Orleans
Saturday, September 16, 2006

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CC-Alcorn Box Score
CC-NSU Box Score

Lauren Fielding

Rebecca Lunceford

Lindsay Bekelja

NEW ORLEANS—The Centenary volleyball team bounced back after an early morning loss to Northwestern State to easily discard Alcorn State splitting their day two action of the Sheraton Four Points Classic on Saturday. The Ladies fell to NSU in three games (22-30, 16-30, 19-30) but dominated the Lady Braves 3-0 (30-12, 30-17, 30-16) in the finale.


Northwestern State (5-4) controlled the pace of the early match from the beginning and exploited every Centenary miscue in taking the contest in three games.


Centenary (5-11) trailed 11-4 in the opening game before using three consecutive kills by junior Lindsay Bekelja (League City, TX/Clear Creek), freshman Sarah Chambers (Plano, TX/Plano West), and sophomore Rebecca Lunceford (Baton Rouge, LA/The Dunham School) as well as an ace from freshman Lauren Fielding (Plano, TX/Plano Senior) to pull within three at 12-9. The Lady Demons answered Centenary’s charge with several kills of their own to lengthen the lead back out to seven on multiple occasions. Another kill by Lunceford and an NSU attack error would land the Ladies just four points back at 23-19 but several aces by Northwestern State put the game out of reach.


Game two was much closer at the beginning but ended with the same result after Centenary continued to struggle with its serve receive efforts. Sophomore Chevy White’s (Carthage, TX/Carthage) only kill of the match brought the Ladies just one point off the pace at 8-7 before the Maroon and White committed a service error, two attack errors, and a reception error. Northwestern State capitalized on the Centenary mistakes and added three kills to sit comfortably on top the rest of the game.


As they did on day one of the tournament, the Ladies felt the urgency and stepped it up in the final game. Centenary trailed by four points or less for most of the match as it seemed that things were starting to come together. However, down 20-17 NSU forced the Maroon and White into four straight errors and the Lady Demons used the momentum to close out the match.


Chambers pounded down nine kills to lead Centenary in the loss and Fielding collected 17 digs. Bekelja passed out 26 assists while quarterbacking the Ladies offense.


The second match saw Centenary come out of the gates on fire. The Ladies used a pair of aces from Bekelja and received kills from three different players while racing out to an 8-0 lead over Alcorn State (0-10). Lunceford compiled four kills in the game while hitting at a .571 clip as the Centenary offense committed only three attack errors in rolling to the 30-12 win.


The sophomore tandem of Danielle Bochat (Boerne, TX/Boerne) and Ashlee Freeman (Houston, TX/Bellaire) elevated their play in the second game as both players tallied six kills. The Lady Braves hung in with the Ladies until back-to-back kills by Freeman, an ace by freshman Christina Nichols (Katy, TX/Katy), and a kill by Bochat opened the Centenary advantage to six points at 10-4. The Maroon and White exuded confidence in soaring to the 30-17 victory.


After taking the early lead in the final game, Centenary briefly let its guard down and Alcorn nabbed an 11-10 advanatge. The deficit did not last long for the Ladies as a kill and an ace by Lunceford placed Centenary back on top for good. The Ladies closed out the match on an 8-1 run powered by three consecutive aces by Fielding.


Freeman’s 11 kills were tops for the Centenary squad while Bochat and Lunceford each added nine kills in the victory. Bekelja totaled 33 asissts to go with four aces and Fielding extended her streak of matches with double digit digs to 13 with 11. Fielding was named to the all-tournament team after totaling 55 digs on the weekend.


Baton Rouge will be the site of Centenary’s next contest as the Ladies head to Southern University for a 7:30 p.m. match on Tuesday.