Ladies 'turn corner' despite day's losses
Saturday, October 06, 2012

SHERMAN, Texas – With a chance to gain ground in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play, a banged up Centenary volleyball team dropped two matches Saturday afternoon to Trinity University (25-8, 25-16, 25-14) and host Austin College (25-13, 25-17, 25-22).

The Ladies remain winless at 0-18 and 0-4 in league play while Trinity moves to 9-10 and stays perfect at 4-0 in the SCAC. Austin College earns its first win in conference play at 1-3 and improves to 11-8 overall.

Despite the day’s losses, head coach Jon Stenman thinks the Ladies made a significant jump and can take some momentum into tomorrow’s match against the University of Dallas at 11 a.m.

“I think we turned the corner a little today, especially during the Austin College match,” Stenman said. “Our defense has been outstanding and our hitters were finally both smart and aggressive.

“I think we can really build on our effort today and do really well against Dallas.”

Junior setter Beth Nuttall had a typical day leading the Ladies in assists with nine against Trinity, but recorded a rare team-high in kills, tying Rachel Perkins and Sarah Sumner with four. Nuttall was flawless in nine attacks. She also topped the squad with 11 digs while senior libero Jesi Wilcox tallied 10.

Sarah Irons and Rachel Perkins led the Ladies with seven kills apiece against Austin College. Irons needed only 18 total attacks and was nearly perfect with a single error. Brooke Bahlinger gathered a team-best 24 digs in the loss. Wilcox was second again with 18.