Centre volleyball team 2-0 in own tourney

September 14, 2003

The Centre College volleyball team won its first two matches Saturday in the Centre Invitational.

The Colonels opened with a 21-30, 30-24, 30-19, 30-24 win over Roanoke in which Kate Guthrie had 16 kills, Whitney Faust had 15 and Lisa Fryman had 14.

Leah Ballinger had 48 assists, two solo blocks and three block assists and Ellie Exner had four service aces.

Centre again came from behind in its second match, rallying to defeat McMurry 26-30, 34-32, 30-28, 33-31.

Guthrie had 21 kills and 19 digs for the Colonels, and Adair Howell, playing at outside hitter for the first time ever, had 17 kills. Kate Bennett added 16 kills and Faust had 12.

Faust also had three solo blocks and six block assists, while Ballinger had 59 assists.

Exner added five aces.

Centre plays La Grange at 9 a.m. today, and a win would assure the Colonels of a spot in the 3 p.m. championship.


Field Hockey

At Danville, Centre defeated Sewanee 2-1 on strokes after playing through two scoreless overtimes.

It was the fifth consecutive game in which Centre has gone to overtime.

"We're not comfortable going to overtime, but we're more comfortable than other teams that have not experienced overtime to that point," Centre coach Tom Hobbs said. "We know what it takes to win in overtime."

The Colonels won after Gina Preston and Rachel Hayden both scored in the best-of-five shootout, while Centre keeper Liz Lowe allowed only one goal.

Lowe finished with 45 saves, increasing her save percentage to 93.8 percent.

Neither team scored in the first half, and Centre grabbed a 1-0 lead with 13:40 to play off a penalty corner. Senior Meagan Haag had the assist on Preston's goal.

Sewanee's Cameron Land scored with 5:14 left in regulation to force overtime.

Men's Soccer

At Danville, Centre outshot Maryville (Mo.) 33-3 in a 5-0 victory.

The Colonels got a goal and an assist each from Chris Combs, Patrick Foley and David Hewitt and also got goals from Josh Haines and Todd Davis.

Combs, Haines, Hewitt and Davis scored in the first half, while Foley scored in the second.

Brad Borough and Cliff Wright also had assists.

Burch praised the play of freshman Jeffrey Thornbury, who moved from striker to the defense to help fill in for the injured Kent Starkweather, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament last weekend.

"We wanted to put the next best player into that spot, and right now that's Thornbury," Burch said.

Jacob Sither had two saves in goal for Centre.

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