Aug. 27, 2010
EDINBURG - Redshirt sophomore Tina Hobbs pounded out a team-high 14 kills in her first collegiate volleyball match Friday, but it was not enough as Lamar lost its season opener 3-2 to Oral Roberts in the first match of the Texas-Pan American Tournament.
Lamar, which lost the deciding set by a 15-13 score, will continue action tonight at 7 against the host Broncs before closing the tournament Saturday morning at 10 against Idaho State.
The Lady Cardinals came out hot offensively, hitting .520 as a team en route to a 25-16 first set victory. ORU won the next two sets 25-15 and 25-17 before the Lady Cards evened the match at two with a 25-19 victory.
Hobbs, who spent a redshirt year at Alabama and one more at Lamar, committed only two attack errors in 24 chances for an outstanding .500 attack percentage. Sophomore Cynthia McCollum added 10 kills and seven digs for Lamar, while freshman Kaylee Piatt dished out 41 assists with four service aces in her first collegiate action.
The Golden Eagles were led by Elizabeth McVicker with 17 kills, and got 10 apiece from Olivia Ophus and Tatum Fredeen.