Volleyball picks up third straight win

GO CARDINALS <b>Cynthia McCollum had 16 kills and 11 digs in Tuesday's win over Louisiana.</b>
Cynthia McCollum had 16 kills and 11 digs in Tuesday's win over Louisiana.

BEAUMONT – It’s beginning to become a familiar story for the Lamar volleyball team as Wendy Krell, Cynthia McCollum and Sierra Whittaker each registered double digits in kills to lead the Lady Cards to a 3-1 (25-19, 23-25, 25-18, 27-25) win over the visiting Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns at McDonald Gym on Tuesday night.

McCollum began the match on fire, hitting .500 with seven kills to help the Lady Cards to a 25-19 win the opening frame. The senior kept it going throughout the evening, ending with a match-best 16 kills to go along with 11 digs and three blocks.

For as strong as McCollum was early, Whittaker was the go-to weapon late, picking up six of her 13 kills in the final set to help lead LU past a late Cajun rally.

Wendy Krell, who earned Southland Player of the Week honors on Monday, hit .343 with 15 kills, and Cortney Moore was strong on both sides of the net with eight kills and six blocks.

Alex Morford was responsible for guiding the offense for much of the night, dishing out 49 assists and helping LU to out-hit the Cajuns .269 to .166. She also recorded 14 digs to pick up her first double-double of the season.

Megan Schwartz posted the match-high in digs with 17, and Erika Rojas had 13.

After Louisiana withstood a strong rally to win the second set 25-23, the Lady Cards came out of the break firing on all cylinders. LU ran out to an early 12-4 lead and wouldn’t look back to secure a 25-18 third set victory.

It looked like it would be more of the same in the fourth frame as the Lady Cards stretched their advantage out to a 19-14 on a Whittaker kill, but the Ragin’ Cajuns battled back to tie it three times before taking their first lead of the set at 22-21.

Christina Hobbs came in off the bench hammered down a kill to tie things back up, but a Krell attack error handed the lead right back to UL. It would turn out to be the last Cajun lead of the match, however, after a trio of attack errors and a pair of McCollum kills turned out to be the death knell for UL, giving the Lady Cards the slim 27-25 victory.





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