Centre volleyball team wins three of four on Texas trip

October 17, 2004

The Centre College volleyball team won three of four matches against South Region foes Friday and Saturday at Sherman, Texas.

Centre was easily beaten by host Austin in its first match Friday, losing 25-30, 19-30, 24-30.

"I think I left us back in Kentucky, because our 'B' team showed up, and it really just wasn't pretty," Dragan said. "Austin is a great team, but if we would've played hard, you never now what could've happened."

Dragan said Centre's passing game was "atrocious," as evidenced by lower-than-usual kill totals for Sarah Burger (11), Kate Bennett (nine) and Whitney Faust (five) and Leah Ballinger's 27 assists. Lisa Fryman had six digs for the Colonels.

Centre played without libero Megan McElveen in its 30-24, 30-28, 29-31, 32-30 win over Concordia after she came down with a fever between the two matches.


"That really hurt is defensively and in serve receive," Dragan said.

Burger had 19 kills, Bennett had 14 and Danielle Norman had 13. Ballinger had 50 assists, and Fryman had 17 digs.

In a 30-19, 30-18, 30-14 win over Averett on Saturday, Burger had 12 kills, Bennett had 10 and Faust had eight. Ballinger had 35 assists, she and Fryman had five digs each and Burger had five blocks.

"We came out very strong, hit the ball very well," Dragan said.

Centre closed with a 30-28, 30-23, 37-35 win over East Texas Baptist.

"I was so impressed with the way the girls responded to the gut-check and came out on top," Dragan said. "We served so tough. Also, our block was our saving grace today. Our whole front row produced defensively across the net."

Faust had two solo blocks and five block assists, Burger had four block assists and Ballinger had three. Burger had 13 kills, Bennett had 11 and Faust had nine, and McElveen had 10 digs in her return to the lineup.

Men's Soccer

At River Forest, Ill., Centre (9-3-2) played Dominican (11-2-2) to a scoreless tie after Stan Simek and Cliff Wright kept Dominican All-American Erik Elizondo under wraps.

"If they were going to beat us, that was going to be where it happened," Centre coach Jeb Burch said. "He never got through and he never caused us that many problems."

Each team had eight shots; Centre led 7-5 in corner kicks.

"I thought our ball movement today was some of the best we've done all year. I think a real catalyst for that was senior Matt Walksler," Burch said.

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