Centre wins volleyball tourney

September 20, 2004

Centre College completed an undefeated run to the Centre College Classic title Sunday, beating Hanover and Transylvania.

The Colonels (9-3) defeated Hanover 30-15, 30-23, 30-11 and Transy 31-29, 30-21, 30-16.

"We were really fired up going into this match (against Hanover)," Centre coach Stephanie Dragan said. "I thought they were going to give us a better match, but our team stepped up and shut down their freshmen outside hitters."

Leah Ballinger, who was named tournament MVP, had 33 assists, a solo block and a block assist. Freshman Sarah Burger, who made the all-tournament team, had 13 kills. Kate Bennett and Danielle Norman each had six kills, Megan McElveen had 12 digs and Lisa Fryman had 10. Whitney Faust had a solo block and a block assist.

Centre started off slowly against Transy, but regrouped for the win.

"We came out flat and underestimated Transylvania," Dragan said.

Burger finished with 17 kills, while Faust had 13 kills and two solo blocks. Ballinger had 47 assists and 11 digs and Kate Bennett had 11 kills and three aces. McElveen totalled 14 digs and Fryman had 11.


Centre opens up Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play this weekend at Sewanee.


Freshman Patrick McMahan got his second game-winning goal of the season to lift the Centre men's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Washington University here Sunday.

"We could be nationally ranked now after a win over a very good team," said Centre coach Jeb Burch. "We open (Southern Collegiate Athletic) conference play Friday here against Rhodes at 2:30 and feel we are good enough to get in the NCAA Tournament."

Centre (5-1) had 14 shots to Washington's 13 and Centre goalkeeper Chris Creger had five saves.

"It was 0-0 at halftime, but we did a lot of work to adjust to their play. Tremendous credit goes to Stan Simek, our senior captain, for the way he organized our team," Burch said. "The second half we settled down and had them reeling at times. Brad Borough played a great game and Trey Janes was dangerous on the outside. Getting Matt Walksler back from injury for the first time also helped because he really played well."

Centre also scored with 22 minutes to play when Derek Roberts' shot went off the goal post. However, with 12 minutes, 14 seconds left, McMahan scored after taking a pass from Kent Starkweather.

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