Centenary volleyball celebrates senior day Saturday
Centenary volleyball celebrates senior day Saturday
Friday, October 30, 2015
McMurry (15-9)
Centenary (5-25)
10/30/2015 | Shreveport, La. | Attendance: 0
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Stats at a GlanceMCMCENT
Hitting Pct..131.065
Total Attacks137123
Statistical LeadersMCMCENT
KillsKaty Headrick - 9
Desiree Frey - 9
AssistsJessica Tennis - 22
Allison Lazewski - 15
AcesBethany Holub - 4
Shyann Pisano - 4
DigsOdalis Rodriguez - 16
Amanda Farr - 13
BlocksKaty Headrick - 4
Audrey Sanders - 4
Catherine Heath - 4
Jasomine Jones - 4
Michaela Brantley - 5
Christina NeSmith - 5

SHREVEPORT, La. – The Centenary College women’s volleyball team (5-24) concludes the 2015 season this weekend when it faces McMurray and Belhaven on Friday, October 30, before battling Howard Payne and LeTourneu on Saturday.

The game to end the weekend against LeTourneau features senior night, where the Ladies will celebrate all the accomplishments and contributions of the five-member senior class.

“Senior night is always a special time,” said head coach Caley Carter. “It is always a bittersweet moment because this will be the last home game for the seniors, but it is also time to recognize accomplishments and see family. I really wish the seniors the best the rest of the year and in the future, after their time at Centenary.”

Christina NeSmith will be playing her final game in a Ladies uniform, coming in to the weekend with 82 matches played in her Ladies career. She needs 13 blocks this weekend to reach the century mark in rejections, leading the team last year with 0.36 blocks per set, and ranking second this season with 0.41 blocks per set.

“I remember freshman year going to the dome at midnight multiple times a week with Rachel Perkins,” said NeSmith about her favorite member being a Lady. “We would work on our hitting and serving, which entailed me hitting off Rachel's sets, and her trying to hit off mine, or both of us serving over a hundred balls in one night.”

NeSmith majors in biology with a minor in psychology. Organizations she takes part in at Centenary include Zeta Tau Alpha and Centenary for St. Jude. Awards include the Alpha Epsilon Delta, the Chi Alpha Sigma, and the Tri-Beta National Honor Societies. She has been honored by the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference by being named to the Academic Honor Roll. She also made the Dean’s List all four years.

After her time at Centenary, she plans to attend physical therapy school to be a physical therapist.

Kobi Stephens enters the weekend having played in 86 matches. This season, she has become a serving specialist for the Ladies as she comfortably leads the SCAC and the team with 0.61 aces per set. Earlier this season, she easily recorded a career match-high seven aces against Rust.

Kobi is a biology major at Centenary, serving as the historian for the Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society while also serving as a member of the Alpha Epsilon Delta Biology Honor Society. She is also the Vice President of Fundraising of Centenary for St. Jude.

Her favorite volleyball memory in her four seasons with the Ladies is the team getting left behind at the Nutty Brown Café her junior year.

After graduation, Kobi plans on attending physician assistant school.

Lindsey Bruce is a four-year member of the Ladies volleyball team and majors in sociology at Centenary. Bruce, who jumps right into her fourth season with the women’s basketball team after the conclusion of the season, enters the weekend having played in 80 matches.

“My favorite memory at Centenary is definitely the jokes we’ve shared and the bonding with her teammates over the four years of playing volleyball,” recalls Bruce.

Despite all her activities on the court, she is also very busy off of it as well. Bruce is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Zeta Tau Alpha. She is also known for her sportsmanship as she won the SCAC Sportsmanship Award for volleyball her sophomore year and for basketball her junior year. Keep your eyes on GoCentenary athletic web site in the coming week to learn more about her community service!

After graduation, Bruce plans to go in to ministry full time and wishes to specifically work with woman and children who are stuck in human trafficking.

Ranking in the top-three in blocks all four seasons is Lindsey Long. For the Ladies, Long has appeared in 116 matches, including all 29 this season. Last season against Huston-Tillston, she recorded her only career double-double.

“My favorite memory with the volleyball team was recording the game-winning block against Austin College for our first conference win at home my sophomore year,” recalls Long.

Honors for Long while at Centenary includes being named a Student-Athlete of the Week for Centenary her sophomore year, being named to the Dean’s List in four semesters and being named the SCAC Honor Roll her previous three seasons.

Long is very busy off the court as well. She is the President of the Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society and is the Zeta Tau Alpha Service Chair. Other groups she is a member of include the Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honor Society, the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology and the Order of Omega National Greek Honor Society.

Finally she is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, the Chi Alpha Sigma National Collegiate Athlete Honor Society, and Centenary for St. Jude.

A biology major with a minor in psychology, Lindsey wants to attend physician assistant school after graduation.

Rachel Perkins enters the weekend having played in 117 matches. She has helped the team in numerous parts of the game, including ranking ninth in career aces with the Ladies, leading the team in kills her junior year, and ranking second on the team in assists per set this season.

At Centenary, she is double majoring in biology and psychology.

“My favorite volleyball memory was playing ‘heads up’ on the bus on the way to Colorado,” recalled Perkins.

While volleyball and being a double major keeps her busy enough, Perkins is a part of Zeta Tau Alpha, the National Panhellenic Council, Maroon Jackets, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Psi Chi, Centenary for St. Jude, Sante, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Despite all these activities, she has made the Dean’s List in five consecutive semesters and has also made the SCAC Academic Honor Roll the previous three seasons.

Upon graduation, Rachel plans to apply for physical therapy school.