Tight Match Ends In Favor of Ladies
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary volleyball improved to 2-0 at home with a 3-1 victory over Grambling State in non-conference action on Tuesday evening.

Centenary (3-10) took set one 25-20, set two, 25-17, dropped set three, 25-20, before winning the match with a 25-23 set four score.

In the first set, Centenary took advantage of an -0.07 attack percentage by the Tigers to go on an early 5-0 run, making it 8-6, break up a Grambling lead. The Tigers then responded with their own run, recapturing the lead at 10-9.

From then on, neither team got down by more than three until a momentum changed happened when Grambling had a service error. With that mistake, the Ladies went on a late 4-0 run to go ahead, 21-17.

A kill by freshman Shelby Singleton and a service ace by Brianna Kern enabled Centenary to go up 23-18. A two-point rally by the Tigers wasn't enough as an attack error by Grambling ended the game, giving the Ladies a 25-20 first-set win.

Set two opened with a kill by sophomore Jennifer Kunze. The Ladies went up 6-2 on three kills by freshmen Blair Claypoole and Christina Fellows and Brianna Kern along with three errors by the Tigers.

Several Centenary errors allowed Grambling to tie the set at 12-12, but again, the Ladies would earn six straight points as Kunze tallied two service aces during that time. Centenary was able to take set two, 25-17, after racking up the final three points.

A .407 attack percentage with 13 kills and just two errors allowed Grambling to take set three, 25-20. It was back and forth between each team from the start, but the Tigers responded late as the Ladies finished with two errors.

Grambling took an early 2-0 lead, but four straight kills by the Ladies allowed Centenary to regain a 6-5 lead. The lead changed three times before a kill by Brianna Kern, making it 10-9, allowed Centenary to remain in front the rest of the set.

The Tigers made an impressive surge at the end, pulling within one (24-23), but a kill by Claypoole sealed the win for the Ladies.

Centenary out attacked Grambling with a .197 attack percentage to .161. The Ladies had 48 kills led by Brianna Kern with 13 and Singleton with nine. Sophomore Jaclyn Lopez tallied a match-high 43 assists, while her and teammate Brianna Kern led the Ladies with three service aces.

Junior Bethany Kern had a match-best 15 digs as Centenary and Grambling each had 46.

The Ladies will be back in action on Friday in its Summit League home opener at 7 pm against Oakland.