Emotion, excitement lead Ladies to Tuesday's tri-match
Monday, September 17, 2012

SHREVEPORT – After an emotional week of practice, the Centenary volleyball team is ready for its second tri-match at the Gold Dome, including Texas Wesleyan and Wiley College.

The Ladies (0-10) are still looking for their first win and will get that chance against Texas Wesleyan (10-6) at 3 p.m., and finish the tri-match against Wiley (8-5). Wiley and Texas Wesleyan face off at 5 o’clock.

“We really upped the emotion of practice this week,” head coach Jon Stenman said. “We had a really good week of practice. They’re ready for Tuesday and they want to face somebody beside themselves. This is the most excited they’ve been to face someone else all season.”

Centenary closed last week’s tri-match with one of its three set wins on the year in the 3-1 loss to Mississippi College. Stenman and assistant coach Jon Valiao focused on taking instilling a competitive edge and confidence in their young squad.

“One thing we talked about was really getting back into a competitive mode,” Stenman said. “We had a lot of competition drills in practice, forcing them to go all out, and not hold back or be afraid. We had some communication errors in our home opener coming from lack of confidence. We wanted to push and have them not be afraid to take chances.”

Brooke Bahlinger tops Centenary’s charts with 50 kills and 204 total attacks. Bahlinger and Rachel Perkins account for 1.61 kills per set to lead the Ladies, while junior setter Beth Nuttall accounts for more than half of the team’s assists with 134 of 242.

Senior libero Jesi Wilcox continues to be a defensive staple with 129 digs. Bahlinger is second with 70.