Ladies Open Mid-Con Play This Weekend
Thursday, September 21, 2006

Lindsay Bekelja

Christina Nichols

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary volleyball team opens Mid-Continent Conference play this weekend when it hosts the IUPUI Jaguars on Saturday at 6 p.m. The Ladies will have one final tune-up on Friday when former Mid-Con member Chicago State comes to Shreveport for a 7 p.m. match.


Chicago State (0-14) withdrew from the Mid-Con at the conclusion of last season but will still play home and home matches with each league member this year. The Lady Cougars are still looking for their first win of the 2006 campaign. However, CSU has been playing better of late after taking a game off of both Murray State and Colgate in losing efforts. Jennifer Van Kempen leads the team with 85 kills while setter Katie Pommier has 226 assists.


IUPUI (3-11) has dropped its last three matches in nine consecutive games to Arkansas State, Belmont, and Eastern Kentucky. The Jaguars have defeated Youngstown State, Charleston Southern, and Butler. Carol Newell has amassed 163 kills to pace the squad and Christy McConnell has totaled 201 digs. IUPUI features two setters in its offensive strategy. As a result, both Devika Bellamy and Danielle Goodnight have over 230 assists apiece.


Centenary (6-11) enters the weekend with back-to-back wins over Alcorn State and Southern under its belt. Junior setter Lindsay Bekelja passed out 46 assists in the road win over Southern on Tuesday, the most dishes in a three-game match this season in the Mid-Con. She also ranks third within the league in assists per game at 9.20 (515 total).


The Ladies are tops in the Mid-Con in team services aces per game at 2.08 led by freshmen Christina Nichols and Lauren Fielding. Nichols ranks first individually at 0.56 (31 total) aces per game while Fielding sits in third place at 0.49 (29 total) per game. Fielding also rates fourth in the conference at 4.55 digs per game. Sophomore Danielle Bochat leads the Ladies with 144 kills.