Lady Techsters Defeat Ladies in I-20 Showdown
Tuesday, October 10, 2006

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CC-Louisiana Tech Box Score 10-10-06

Lindsay Bekelja

Chevy White

Sarah Chambers

RUSTON—The Centenary volleyball team made the one-hour trip east along I-20 on Tuesday evening to take on in-state rival Louisiana Tech. Although the Ladies dropped the contest 3-0 (30-23, 30-18, 30-22) to the Lady Techsters, the Maroon and White didn’t make it easy for the school from the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) to earn the victory.


Centenary (8-15) fought hard in the opening game and jumped on top from the beginning as freshman Rebekah Hill (Carthage, Texas/Carthage) collected a kill and Tech’s Shannon Phillips committed an attack error to give Centenary the early 2-0 lead. The game went back and forth for several points before another Lady Techster error, an ace by sophomore Chevy White (Carthage, Texas/Carthage), and a kill from sophomore Rebecca Lunceford (Baton Rouge, La./The Dunham School) put Centenary back in front at 19-16.


Things looked good for the Ladies until Brittany Nakamura stepped to the line and served eight consecutive points backed by two aces and a pair of kills by K.C. Clayton. The resulting 24-19 score would prove insurmountable for Centenary as Tech took the game 30-23.


Louisiana Tech (6-16) earned a quick 4-1 lead in game two off the arm of Ambra Hayes before Nakamura reeled of five more points from the service line. The Ladies never recovered from the poor start and fell 30-18 while hitting -.023 for the game, tallying only eight kills compared to nine errors on 43 attempts.


The Maroon and White bounced back and made Tech earn the victory until the end by grabbing the lead in game three. With the score knotted at 3-3, a service error by the Lady Techsters followed by another kill from Hill gave the visiting Ladies a 5-3 advantage. Louisiana Tech climbed back into the contest and moved ahead of Centenary 22-20 before a kill by freshman Sarah Chambers (Plano, Texas/Plano West) brought the deficit to a single point. Tech then called a timeout and came out of the huddle to run off four straight points aided by multiple kills from Phillips to pull away for the 30-22 win.


Phillips, Hayes, and Clayton each finished with double digit kills for Louisiana Tech, recording 16, 13, and 12 respectively. Jenny Denton dished out 43 assists in the victory while Nakamura had 20 digs to go with her three aces.


Sophomore Danielle Bochat (Boerne, Texas/Boerne) paced the Ladies with nine kills. Chambers and Lunceford each added seven kills to the cause and Bochat totaled a team-high 19 digs in the loss. Junior Lindsay Bekelja (League City, Texas/Clear Creek) collected a double double with 22 assists and 10 digs while freshman Lauren Fielding (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior) notched 16 digs.     


Centenary will welcome Western Illinois and UMKC to the Gold Dome on Friday and Saturday for a pair of Mid-Continent Conference tilts. The Ladies will take on WIU at 7 p.m. Friday before closing out the weekend with a 6 p.m. match against UMKC on Saturday.