Aug. 31, 2012
Lady Cards split first day at Lamar Invitational
BEAUMONT - The Lady Cardinal volleyball team had contributions from everyone in Friday morning's 3-1 (25-14, 25-20, 18-25, 25-14) win over visiting Louisiana Tech, but the evening match would prove more difficult as LU fell 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-15) to former conference foe Texas State to end the first day of play at the Lamar Invitational.
"We just aren't generating the offense we need," head coach Justin Gibert said. "In the first match, we out-hit Louisiana Tech and won. In the second, we got out-hit by Texas State and lost. We just need to be better and play to our potential."
In the morning match, three Lady Cards (3-4) recorded double-figures in kills, and the team out-hit the Lady Techsters .248 to .173. Wendy Krell posted the match-high with 11 kills, and both Sierra Whittaker and Cynthia McCollum added 10. McCollum, who was making her debut this season, also added 13 digs.
Madi Martin had a career outing vs. Louisiana Tech (0-4), dishing out 46 assists and racking up seven kills and a pair of aces to go along with 12 digs and five blocks on defense.
"Madi put up the big stats in the first match, but I think she actually played better against Texas State," Gibert said. "It might have been the best match that I've ever seen her set. She was really aggressive out there. Our hitters just didn't help her. She was more on-target and had really good location."
Martin tallied 27 assists in the loss to Texas State (4-2).
Megan Schwartz had a field day behind the service line with four aces, but the junior was even more important to the defense in the first match, registering 21 digs. However, Schwartz would miss out on the second match of the day due to injury.
"Megan was really the difference in the second match," Gibert said. "She's battling a strained Achilles and couldn't go two matches today. Our passing and serve receive really suffered without her. She's a huge presence for us."
Whittaker and Erika Rojas led the team in digs vs. the Bobcats with 10 apiece.
Offensively, Krell hit .412 to lead LU with nine kills. McCollum was second with eight.
The Lady Cards were out-hit in the meeting .297 to .081.
Lamar will return to action on Saturday against South Carolina State at 12:30 p.m. before closing out the tournament against Tulane at 6:00 p.m.