Centre volleyball team goes 3-1

cross country record falls

October 05, 2003

The Centre College volleyball team took second in a four-team tournament after going 3-1 Friday and Saturday at Alumni Gymnasium.

The Colonels (16-6) defeated Campbellsville, Christopher Newport and Thomas More in their first three matches, then lost to Thomas More in the championship.

Lisa Fryman had 29 digs and four Colonels had 10 or more kills Friday in Centre's 26-30, 30-25, 26-30, 30-26, 15-11 win over Campbellsville.

Freshman Kate Bennett had 18 kills, followed by Whitney Faust with 15, Cate Guthrie with 12 and Adair Howell with 10. Faust had 10 block assists and Danielle Norman had eight, and Leah Ballinger had 55 assists.


Centre completed the first day of the tournament with a 30-11, 30-14, 30-13 win over Christopher Newport in which Faust had a .652 attack percentage and Fryman had 13 digs.

Bennett had a .459 attack percentage with 22 kills in a 30-27, 23-30, 30-28, 32-30, 15-9 win over Thomas More on Saturday morning.

"It's great to see a freshman come in and put up numbers like she did," Centre coach Stephanie Dragan said.

Ballinger had 45 assists, Howell had two service aces, Faust had 13 kills and 10 block assists and Ballinger, Fryman and Christelle Ford had 12 digs each.

But Centre couldn't make it two in a row over Thomas More, falling 30-21, 27-30, 30-23, 30-17 in the final.

"I think we played so hard in game one that we just completely ran out of gas, and we couldn't take it to Thomas More the way we needed to," Dragan said.

Fryman had 18 digs, Bennett and Howell had 10 kills each and Faust had nine kills and eight block assists. Ballinger had 38 assists.

Cross Country

At Louisville, Eileen Schilling broke the Centre women's school record by four seconds with her performance in the Cardinal Cross Country Classic.

Schilling's time of 18 minutes, 43 seconds was four seconds better than the previous record and good for a 17th-place finish in a meet that included nine Division I schools among 18 teams.

"She continues to improve and look great," Centre coach Lisa Owens said.

Mark Noll turned in his best time of the season (27:00) to lead the Centre men, and the next three Colonels - Colin Muehlenkamp, Jeff Briggs and Anthony Lippert - also had season-best times.

Women's Soccer

At Greencastle, Ind., Centre couldn't rally from a slow start in the first half and fell 3-0 to DePauw.

The Colonels (4-3-1) were outshot 14-2 in the first half and 26-7 overall.

DePauw led 1-0 at halftime after an early goal by Emily Hackman, but Centre coach Gina Nicoletti said her team had momentum on its side in the second half.

"We came back in the second half and really got some momentum going and got some opportunities, but DePauw got the second goal and really took the wind out of our sailes," Nicoletti said.

Chrissy Porter scored for the Tigers in the 69th minute, and Meredith Whitaker added their final goal.

Centre goalkeeper Jessica Chisley had 13 saves.

Men's Soccer

At Greencastle, Ind., Centre played solid defense but couldn't find the net and lost 2-0 to DePauw.

Centre (4-5-1) was outshot 15-11, but coach Jeb Burch said the Colonels played well against a team ranked as high as fourth in the nation earlier this season.

"The score was not reflecting the way we were playing," Burch said. "We were playing a very good brand of soccer against what I think is a very good DePauw team. I thought the effort from the group on defense was very good."

Centre goalkeepers Jacob Sither and John Harralson had two saves each. Harralson, a freshman, entered the game after 15 minutes, about a minute after Andrew Penalva's shot rolled through Sither's legs for DePauw's first goal.

David Hewitt appeared to score a tying goal for Centre, but it was called back, and the Tigers scored again in the second half.

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