Ladies look to gain ground in SCAC play
Friday, October 5, 2012

SHERMAN, Texas – Centenary’s volleyball squad returns to Southern Collegiate Conference play Saturday to begin a three-match weekend against Trinity, Austin College and the University of Dallas.

The Ladies are 0-16 and 0-3 in conference in their first year in the new conference. Trinity enters the weekend 8-10 overall, tied with Southwestern atop the SCAC standings at 3-0. The Ladies have a chance to gain ground on Dallas (12-8, 1-2) and Austin College (10-8, 0-3) with at least two wins Friday and Saturday.

Centenary kicks off play Saturday against Trinity at 1 p.m., followed by a 3:30 contest against host Austin College. The Ladies wrap up the weekend Sunday against Dallas at 11 a.m.

In their match at Belhaven Tuesday, a 3-0 loss, the Ladies tallied more errors (47) than points scored (41), a point head coach Jon Stenman wanted to be very clear to his team.

“Our team has to take serious notice of that,” Stenman said. “That’s something that I have to do a better job in preparing our team to play.”

Centenary suffered a key loss in the match against Belhaven, adding to the list obstacles, as freshman hitter Christina NeSmith went down with an ankle and is expected to be out until at least Nov 1. Stenman announced Thursday that sophomore setter Emily Shelton will be out battling a case of pneumonia and freshman setter Shelby Jackson will miss with a knee injury.

“We have to find a way of overcoming injuries and other illnesses to compete for 25 points each set,” Stenman said. “We’ve had our struggles so far, but we’ll go out and compete hard.”

After wrapping up playing this weekend, Centenary will host the third of its four tri-matches Thursday as Rust College and UT Tyler visit.­