Centre volleyball team wins sixth straight match

September 26, 2004

The Centre College volleyball team extended its winning streak to six matches with wins over Oglethorpe and Sewanee on the first day of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference East Division round-robin Saturday at Sewanee, Tenn.

Centre (11-3, 2-0 SCAC) has not lost a game during its win streak, which began with a 30-17, 30-17, 30-19 win over Oglethorpe.

Danielle Norman had a career-high 15 kills for the Colonels, followed by Whitney Faust with 14. Leah Ballinger, last week's SCAC co-player of the week, had 45 assists and Megan McElveen had 16 digs.

"We had a great offensive day all day long today," Centre coach Stephanie Dragan said.

Centre dominated Sewanee in a 30-9, 30-12, 30-26 victory in which Ballinger had 37 assists and Bennett had five service aces for a total of nine on the day.


"There was nothing that they could do that we could not stop," Dragan said.

Centre plays Rose-Hulman and DePauw today at Sewanee.

Field Hockey

At Greencastle, Ind., DePauw scored with 5 minute, 10 seconds left in the second overtime to beat Centre 2-1.

Megan Jacob tied the game for Centre (2-6, 0-3 SCAC) with a goal with 2:31 left in regulation assisted by Taylor Gray.

DePauw got a second-half goal from Allison Baccich, and Becca Gaines scored the overtime goal.

Centre hosts Lindenwood today.

Cross Country

At Louisville, Centre's top five men finished under the 27-minute mark at the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic, a massive meet with over 750 runners.

Centre was only 12th among the 41 men's teams, but it finished higher than any other non-scholarship school, and coach Lisa Owens said its top runners' times should be good enough to gain the team a national ranking next week.

Nate Blank led the way with a 42nd-place finish and a time of 25:57 on the 8,040-meter course at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer Park.

Eileen Schilling finished 15th for the Centre women with a 5,020-meter time of 18:43. The Centre women were 17th out of 38 teams.

Both Blank and Schilling posted the second-fastest times in Centre history, five and three seconds, respectively, off the school records.

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