NDSU Bison Stampede Past Ladies 3-0
Friday, October 12, 2007

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary volleyball team suffered a setback on Friday evening when senior setter Lindsay Bekelja’s ankle injury in the first game caused her to leave the contest. Without another true setter on the roster, the Ladies were no match for North Dakota State, losing the Summit League matchup 3-0 (30-16, 30-15, 30-11).


Centenary (1-20, 0-7 Summit) trailed 10-6 in the opening game when Bekelja collided with a teammate in pursuit of the ball, injuring her ankle. After a stoppage of play, the senior left the court and would return to support the team, but would be unable to take part the rest of the evening. Freshman outside hitter Stephanie Hobaugh was given the challenge of steering the Ladies offense in Bekelja’s absence.


North Dakota State (14-5, 6-2 Summit) took full advantage, not only of Centenary being less than full strength on offense, but of the void left in the back row on defense where Bekelja would have been.


As the match progressed, the Bison hitting percentage continued to rise from .293 in game one to .348 in game three, while the Ladies’ percentage dipped from .103 to -.444. Centenary tallied just one kill in the final game of the night.


Christy Stuewe led NDSU with 12 kills in the victory while Brooke VandenBergh added 10 kills. Mattie Johnson led all players with 33 assists and Kristen Hille joined Stuewe with five service aces.


Danielle Bochat had a team-high five kills for Centenary. Hobaugh finished with 11 assists after being forced into the setter role and Yvonne Ramirez recorded a match-high 16 digs for the Ladies.


It is unclear if Bekelja will be able to play in Saturday’s Summit League contest against South Dakota State. First serve is set for 7 p.m.