Martin & SDSU Hand Ladies 3-0 Loss
Saturday, October 13, 2007

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary volleyball team ran into a buzz saw Saturday night at the Gold Dome in South Dakota State’s Kristina Martin. Martin was unstoppable, gunning from all points on the court to finish with 21 kills without a single hitting error. The senior paced a Jackrabbits offense that hit .396 in defeating the Ladies 3-0 (30-16, 30-13, 30-21).


Centenary (1-21, 0-8), again playing without injured setter Lindsay Bekelja, went to sophomore Tina Nichols to run the offense on Saturday after using freshman Stephanie Hobaugh on Friday. Nichols held her own throughout the contest, but the Ladies were unable to use their middles offensively, instead opting for safer back row and outside sets. 


While Centenary learned to adjust on the fly on offense, South Dakota State was clicking on all cylinders. Melia Iwamoto efficiently ran the SDSU quick tempo attack, feeding middle hitters Amy Anderson and Emily Rooney at will. Anderson finished with 12 kills (12-1-21, .524) and Rooney collected seven kills (7-2-13, .385) on the night.


Martin outshined everyone on the court as the southpaw found the holes in Centenary’s defense over and over again. Whether it was from her right side position on the front row or from the 10-foot line, the veteran used a perfect mix of hard swings and tips to keep the Ladies guessing. In the end, Martin hit at an exceptional .600 clip (21-0-35) and completed the double double with 12 digs.


Iwamoto came off the bench to lead all players with 32 assists. Libero Samantha Pearson added a match-high 18 digs for the Jackrabbits.


Danielle Bochat and Hobaugh each contributed seven kills to lead Centenary. Nichols dished out 18 assists in the loss.


The Ladies will receive almost a full week to rest and get healthy before traveling to face Oakland in Summit League action next Friday. After that match, Centenary will travel back home on Saturday and welcome Oral Roberts to Shreveport for its only Sunday contest of the season.