Burger, Ballinger lead Centre's wins

November 01, 2004

Sarah Burger had 33 kills and Leah Ballinger 70 assists as host Centre College beat East Texas Baptist 30-21, 30-20, 30-26 and Thomas More 30-23, 30-24, 30-27 in its Halloween Bash volleyball tournament here Sunday.

Ballinger, named co-most valuable player in the tourney, also had 10 kills in the victory over Thomas More. Recently she became the all-time assists leader in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.

"To see your setter attacking the ball that way is very pleasing," said Centre coach Stephanie Dragan.

Against East Texas, Kate Bennett had 13 kills while Ellie Exner had 19 digs, Lisa Fryman 10 and Megan McElveen nine. Shannon Stribos had three solo blocks and four block assists.

"Ellie had a tremendous match and really frustrated East Texas," Dragan said.

Against Thomas More, McElveen had 16 digs, Bennett 14, Exner 11 and Fryman 10.

"The really pursed the ball well and the digs show that," Dragan said.


Stribos added four blocks and two block assists for Centre (26-9).

"We are really playing well right now," Dragan said.


Trinity 2, Centre 0 - At San Antonio, host Trinity scored twice in the second half to beat Centre.

"They scored their first goal on a 35-yard shot over our keeper's head with about 18 minutes left," Centre coach Jay Hoffman said. "We were playing defense a lot. Trinity only got three shots the first half and only had six when they made their goal. That took away a lot of our momentum.

"We were not offensive minded enough, but Trinity is fast and physical and their skill level is excellent. They had the confidence to know what to do under pressure and showed me what a No. 1 team looks like."

Hoffman praised Stephanie Ahlstrom for "the best weekend of soccer he's seen at Centre" and also said Megan Mesalam and Catherine Heil both played well.

Trinity had 23 shots to Centre's two. Centre goalkeeper Erin Haney had seven saves.


Trinity 4, Centre 0 - At San Antonio, top-ranked Trinity scored twice in each half, including a goal 40 seconds before halftime by Matt Beham, to beat Centre (10-5-3).

"We have above average players on our team, but we are an average team," Centre coach Jeb Burch said. "As a team, we just don't get it done. As a group, we just don't get the results we should and against Trinity you can't make mistakes.

"Trinity is a terrific team and they are a clear favorite to be (Division III) national champion. They are really good."

Trinity had 19 shots, five more than Centre. The winners had 13 corner kicks, 11 more than the Colonels. Centre keeper Chris Creger had six saves.

Burch said a scoring chance the Colonels missed late in the first half that would have tied the score took momentum away from his team.

"We did not need to give that last goal up in the first half," Burch said. "The second half we played well again, but we just couldn't match Trinity."


Sewanee 6, Centre 2 - At Sewanee, Centre was outscored 4-1 in the second half.

Megan Jacob had both scores for Centre, including one early in the second half that tied the score 2-2.

Ann Guagliardo had 17 saves for the Colonels, who were outshot 24-17.

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