IUPUI Defeats Volleyball Ladies 3-0
Saturday, October 21, 2006

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CC-IUPUI Box Score 10-20-06

Lindsay Bekelja

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—The Centenary volleyball team lost its match at IUPUI in Indianapolis on Friday evening 3-0 (16-30, 15-30, 23-30). With the win, IUPUI moved to 4-3 in Mid-Continent Conference play, keeping its hold on fourth place in the league standings. The Ladies fell to 1-6 in the Mid-Con with the loss and look for a season sweep of the Lady Cougars when they travel to Chicago State on Saturday.


Centenary (9-19) got off to a rough start in game one as the team committed 10 attack errors to just six kills for a -.108 hitting percentage. After the Ladies took the first two points of the match, IUPUI responded with eight consecutive points and used that momentum to easily nab the victory 30-16.


IUPUI (8-16) sizzled on offense in game two as the Jaguars collected 19 kills on 39 attempts (.333 hitting percentage) en route to the 30-15 win. Centenary struggled on defense, but began to show signs of life on offense, setting up a more competitive game three to follow.


The final contest began with seven kills, four by IUPUI and three by Centenary, and a Jaguar service error knotted the game at 4-4. IUPUI pushed ahead to 10-5 behind back-to-back aces, but the Ladies tied the game at 15-15 on a pair of kills from Ashlee Freeman (Houston, TX/Bellaire) and two blocks, each involving Rebecca Lunceford (Baton Rouge, LA/The Dunham School).


The Jaguars held a narrow lead at 18-17 when another ace and two passing errors gave IUPUI the lead it would need to close out the game. Centenary did find a rhythm offensively, collecting 12 kills paced by three each from Freeman, Lunceford, and Chevy White (Carthage, TX/Carthage).


Freeman totaled six kills in the match to lead the Ladies and Lindsay Bekelja (League City, TX/Clear Creek) added 24 assists. Despite having just four digs heading into the final game, Lauren Fielding (Plano, TX/Plano Senior) finished with 12 digs in the loss to keep her double-digit digs streak alive at 25 matches.


Centenary will next face former Mid-Con member Chicago State at 5 p.m. on Saturday. The Ladies defeated CSU 3-1 in Shreveport earlier this season.