Ladies Split Doubleheader in Mississippi
Monday, October 16, 2006


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CC-AFA 10-16-06
CC-Alcorn State 10-16-06


Chevy White

LORMAN, Miss.—The Centenary volleyball team managed a split of its back-to-back matches Monday at Alcorn State. The Ladies lost the first contest 3-2 (30-25, 30-24, 25-30, 36-38, 10-15) to the Air Force Academy before bouncing back to defeat Alcorn State 3-0 (30-18, 30-22, 30-17) in the nightcap.

 

Centenary (9-18) took it to the Air Force Academy from the beginning hitting .324 as a team in game one and combining for 34 kills through the first two games. The Ladies easily took those contests and looked as though they would finish off Air Force in three straight games.

 

The Falcons bounced back in the third game and took advantage of Centenary’s 18 total errors to turn the tables. Air Force continued to gain momentum heading into game four and led the Ladies 26-16 before the Maroon and White began to climb back into the game. Centenary put on an amazing run over the next 16 plays, outscoring the Falcons 13-3 with the help of a pair of blocks, two kills each from freshman Sarah Chambers and sophomore Rebecca Lunceford, and an ace by freshman Lauren Fielding. The rally tied the score at 29-29 with Fielding still serving for a chance at the lead.

 

A missed serve by Fielding put Air Force back on top at 30-29 and the game teetered back and forth for several points. Centenary held a 31-30 advantage and was serving match point when freshman Christina Nicholls’ serve landed in the net. The Ladies’ next chance to end the match came with a 34-33 lead, but an attack error kept the Falcons alive. With the score knotted at 36 all, Air Force pounded down a kill and capitalized on a final Centenary error to win the exciting game.

 

Game five was another tight affair until a controversial referee’s ruling opened the door for Air Force. With the Ladies in front at 9-8, an attack attempt by the Falcons was called out in front of the Centenary bench by the line judge. The score would have been in favor of the Ladies 10-8 with Centenary serving, but instead the call was overturned by the referee and the game was tied at 9-9. With Air Force now serving, the Falcons collected back-to-back aces and the Maroon and White never recovered in losing 15-10.

 

Five Ladies collected double-digit kills in the loss led by sophomore Danielle Bochat’s 17 kills. Sophomore Rebekah Hill had 13 kills, Lunceford tallied 12 kills, and sophomore Ashlee Freeman and Chambers added 11 kills and 10 kills respectively. Bochat also had 17 digs for the double double while junior Lindsay Bekelja also accomplished the feat with 55 assists and 10 digs. Sophomore Chevy White added 11 digs and Fielding corralled a match-high 24 digs.

 

The second match was not nearly as close as the first. Centenary hit a sizzling .326 as a team on 42 kills to only 12 errors on 92 attempts in easily discarding Alcorn State 3-0. 

 

Bochat compiled another 10 kills in leading the Ladies while Lunceford (8 kills), Freeman (7 kills), and Hill (7 kills) were close behind. Bekelja dished out 39 more assists, giving her 94 on the day and Fielding extended her double-digit digs streak to 24 matches with 10 digs in the win.

 

The Ladies will now travel to face Mid-Continent Conference opponent IUPUI in Indianapolis on Friday before heading to face Chicago State on Saturday.