Ladies Win Home Opener in 3-2 Upset Over Ragin' Cajuns
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
SHREVEPORT-An all-around effort by the Centenary women's volleyball team sparked a 3-2 win over Louisiana-Lafayette in its home opener on Tuesday evening.

The Ladies (2-9) opened up the match with a strong and dominant showing, winning sets one and two, but the Ragin' Cajuns (6-6) responded to take sets three and four to force a deciding game.

In set one, Centenary had an early 6-0 run to take an 8-5 lead. It later became a one-point game, until the Ladies broke open to score nine straight points to win the set, 25-21.

Set two was in control by Centenary from the start. The Ladies had their largest lead by eight, 13-5, when freshman Blair Claypoole tallied a kill.

Louisiana-Lafayette rallied back to tie the set at 20-20 on a Centenary error, but the Ladies stayed composed and found a way to score the final three points to take set two, 25-22.

What proved to be a back-and-forth set three was accurate as Centenary tied the score at 15-15 on a Ragin' Cajun service error. Though, the Ladies accumulated five of their nine set-three errors in the latter part of the game.

Set four opened up with Centenary down 3-0. A kill by sophomore Jennifer Kunze allowed the Ladies to jump on board. Though a 12-kill, two-error effort by Louisiana-Lafayette propelled them to a 25-12 rally to force the final set.

An attack error by the Ladies began the deciding set, but a service ace by Claypoole and a kill by freshman Christina Fellows tied the game at 4-4. From then, Centenary never trailed, posting three kills by Claypoole in the final possessions for the Ladies.

As a team, Centenary tallied 55 kills, led by Claypoole and Kunze with 15 each, while sophomore Brianna Kern had 13. Louisiana-Lafayette finished with 56 kills led by Amie Goodwin with 18.

Sophomore setter Jaclyn Lopez finished with a team-best 39 assists. Defensively, junior Bethany Kern had a match-high 31 of Centenary's 85 digs, while Lopez had 18.

"This is a huge win for us. In fact, one of the best wins for our program in a while," said head coach Dan Gwitt.

The Ladies will open Summit League play on Saturday at 7 p.m. on the campus of Oral Roberts.