UMKC Pushes Past Ladies 3-0
Saturday, October 14, 2006

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CC-UMKC Box Score 10-14-06

Ashlee Freeman

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary volleyball team suffered a disappointing loss to Mid-Continent Conference foe UMKC in the Gold Dome on Saturday. The Ladies were unable to generate any momentum in the contest and fell to the Kangaroos 3-0 (21-30, 22-30, 18-30).


Centenary (8-17, 1-5 Mid-Con) looked like the team that played so well a day before in a tough loss to Western Illinois at the onset of the match. The Ladies took a rather easy 5-1 lead powered by a pair of Ashlee Freeman (Houston, Texas/Bellaire) service aces and extended the advantage to 8-2 on another ace by Danielle Bochat (Boerne, Texas/Boerne).


The Maroon and White seemed as they would sail to the easy game one win, leading 14-8 before UMKC’s Angela Melka served four consecutive points to cut the deficit to two. The Kangaroos continued their push and took their first lead at 17-16 on a kill by Jacqui Wood. The visitors scored six straight points and took control of the game behind five kills on nine attempts by Lauren Starks for the 30-21 win.


UMKC (4-18, 2-4 Mid-Con) continued to pressure the Ladies in game two and this time trailed only once at 1-0 after a Sarah Chambers (Plano, Texas/Plano West) kill. Centenary crept within three points on five occasions but each time the Kangaroos thwarted the run. With the score at 12-9 in favor of UMKC, Melka fired an ace, Starks put down another kill, and two attack errors by the Ladies put Centenary in a seven-point hole that it would not recover from.


With the Ladies deflated down two games to none, UMKC had no problem closing out the match. Centenary committed 11 errors in the final game and four different Kangaroos collected three or more kills in claiming the 30-18 victory.


Starks led UMKC with 11 kills on the night while Sarah Johnson added 10 kills. Caitlin Koenig passed out 33 assists and Kim Freeman had a match-high 20 digs for the Kangaroos.


No Centenary player reached the double-digit kill plateau, but Rebekah Hill (Carthage, Texas/Carthage) was closest with nine in the loss. Lauren Fielding (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior) led the defense with 18 digs while Bochat and Lindsay Bekelja (League City, Texas/Clear Creek) each added 10 digs. Bekelja tallied her eighth double double on the season and her third in a row by also adding 29 assists.


Centenary will receive only a single day of rest after playing two matches before heading to Lorman, Miss., on Monday for a doubleheader with the Air Force Academy and Alcorn State. The Ladies will tangle with Air Force at 3 p.m. before finishing the day against host Alcorn State at 5 p.m.