IUPUI Hands Centenary Mid-Con Opening Loss
Saturday, September 23, 2006

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CC-IUPUI Box Score 9-23-06

Rebecca Lunceford

Ashlee Freeman

Lauren Fielding

Rebekah Hill

SHREVEPORT—The IUPUI volleyball team defeated Centenary 3-1 (20-30, 30-25, 18-30, 19-30) to open Mid-Continent Conference play for the Ladies on Saturday. The loss snaps Centenary’s three-match win streak, but the Maroon and White recorded a season-high 11 total team blocks on the evening.


Centenary (7-12, 0-1 Mid-Con) fell behind in game one after IUPUI’s Carol Newell, Hillary Houston, and Ashley Johnson each tallied kills to put the Jaguars on top 5-1. A service error by Chelsea Bastin brought the score to 9-8, still in favor of IUPUI, before the balanced attack of the Jaguars proved too much for the Ladies. Six different players contributed multiple kills in the 30-20 win, paced by Houston’s six spikes.


IUPUI (4-12, 1-1 Mid-Con) suffered through a reversal of fortune in game two as this time it was Centenary that jumped out to a 5-1 lead powered by kills from sophomores Ashlee Freeman (Houston, TX/Bellaire) and Rebecca Lunceford (Baton Rouge, LA/The Dunham School). Christy McConnell served five consecutive points for the Jaguars to tie the game before freshman Lauren Fielding (Plano, TX/Plano Senior) answered with five more points for Centenary, resulting in a 10-5 advantage. The Ladies would get six kills by Lunceford and hold the five-point lead throughout the 30-25 win.


With the momentum seemingly shifting in favor of the home team and a supportive crowd of over 250 Centenary fans in the stands, the Ladies seemed primed to complete the comeback by taking the final two games. IUPUI had other plans though as the Jaguars easily took both contests by amassing 30 kills to Centenary’s 15 in 30-18 and 30-19 victories.


Newell finished with a match-high 18 kills to go with 10 digs for IUPUI. She narrowly missed a triple double by also collecting nine service aces. Houston and Lauren Konopka contributed 14 kills and 12 kills while McConnell added 21 digs for the Jaguars.


Lunceford recorded 12 kills to lead Centenary offensively. Fielding and sophomore Danielle Bochat (Boerne, TX/Boerne) each had over 20 digs on the night, finishing with 24 digs and 22 digs respectively. Freshman Rebekah Hill (Carthage, TX/Carthage) and Lunceford each had five block assists and Freeman had four of her own in the loss for the Ladies.


The Ladies continue conference play next Friday and Saturday when the team travels to face Oakland and Valparaiso. Both matches are scheduled for a 7 p.m. first serve.