Ladies shake off Rust to snap streak
Thursday, October 11, 2012 | by Nathan Yacovissi

SHREVEPORT – Centenary snapped a 20-match losing streak Thursday afternoon after sweeping Rust College (25-16, 25-22, 25-17). The Ladies had momentum most of the match and made key plays when they had to in order to lock up their first win of the season.

Centenary moves to 1-20 overall after dropping its second match against UT Tyler 3-0. UT Tyler also swept Rust, evening its record to 11-11 with the day’s sweep. Rust falls to 6-16. Centenary will return to action Oct.18 to host its final tri-match of the year at the Gold Dome. The Ladies will battle Southern Arkansas at 6 p.m. and Millsaps College at 8 p.m. after the two open the tri-match at 4 o’clock.

Ladies captain Jesi Wilcox, also the lone senior, was pleased with the team’s performance on the first win.

“It feels really good for us to be coming together as a team to accomplish that goal,” she said. “We had a lot of fun in that game, which always helps us out.”

Wilcox and sophomore Brooke Bahlinger tied with the team leading seven digs during the match. Sophomore Sarah Sumner and freshmen Lindsey Long led the Ladies with six kills each and freshman Sarah Irons and Lindsey Bruce added five and four kills, respectively. Sophomore Jacey Beasley had 12 assists while junior Beth Nuttall had 11.

Head coach Jon Stenman said the key to the match was controlling the momentum.

“We didn’t let them get into a rhythm defensively, so we were able to gain points on offense,” Stenman said.

He was happy for his team getting their first win, but also said it was “bittersweet because we left a game on the court, but still it feels good to get a win on the board.”

Stenman was referring to the second match of the tri-match against UT Tyler, where his team battled in all three sets, but couldn’t get over the top at the end, falling 25-23, 25-23, 25-21.

Sarah Irons lead the team with 10 kills in the nightcap, followed by Sumner with eight. Lindsey Bruce also added six kills. Jesi Wilcox had 22 digs for a big team lead, while Beasley contributed 11 for a good night. Freshmen Kobi Stephens also had nine. Nuttall and Beasley led in assists again for the team collecting 15 and 13, respectively.

“Sometimes the team just clicks and sometimes we don’t,” Wilcox said. “Age is a factor sometimes but I hope that we can overcome that and make smart decisions on the court no matter the experience level.”

Stenman expects the team to take a step forward and build on tonight’s matches. “The Psyche of the Players is going to be a little better since we have a win now. Our defense is great but we have to get our offense on the level that our defense is on.”