Sep 5, 2013
SAN ANTONIO – The youth movement continued on Thursday for the Lamar volleyball team, but unfortunately it resulted in a pair of 3-0 losses for the Lady Cards as they fell to UTSA and Texas A&M at the UTSA Classic at the Convocation Center.
LU freshmen scored 45 of the team’s 70 total points on the day with Cedar Young accounting for the bulk of the load with 13 kills and three blocks. Sara Landis had 10 kills and seven blocks, and Nicole Parish picked up nine kills. Alexa Johnson played the role of facilitator, dishing out 41 assists.
Madi Martin led the veteran group with 13 kills on the day, and Megan Schwartz guided the defense with 26 digs, putting up match-high totals in each with 15 vs. UTSA and 11 vs. TAMU.
In the first match of the day, Young and Martin both tied for the match-high in kills with nine apiece, and Landis added another five in the loss to UTSA. Efficiency doomed the Lady Cards as they were out-hit on the afternoon .243 to .073 and out-blocked 9.5 to six.
In the first set, both sides battled it out early with the Red and White grabbing a slim 8-7 edge on a Nicole Parish kill. However, that proved to be the last LU lead of the day as the Roadrunners uncorked an 11-1 run to grab control and ultimately win 25-16.
LU saw a late comeback bid get undone in the second set, falling 25-22. UTSA seemed to have the frame in hand with a 19-14 lead, but a trio of untimely errors and the play of Young brought things back even at 21-21. The freshman out of Arizona had a pair of kills and a block over the run, but UTSA responded out of the ensuing timeout with four of the final five points.
A big Lady Card run came into play once more in the third as LU fought back from a 13-8 deficit to tie it up at 15-15, but the Roadrunner attack was just too strong in the frame as they out-hit LU .270 to .086.
In the day’s second match, Texas A&M rode an offense that hit .295 to 25-12, 25-17 and 25-15 victories. Landis was the scoring leader with five kills and four blocks, and Parish added another five kills. Young and Chelsea Grant added a combined eight kills with the latter adding four stoppers.
After dropping the opening set, the Red and White were a tougher out in the second as the game featured four ties and a lead change. It looked as if A&M had weathered the LU storm, but a Martin kill put the set back in play at 17-15. However, the Aggies responded with six straight points to put the equalizing frame out of reach.
TAMU came out of the intermission to score the first seven points of the third, and LU never seriously challenged down the stretch, falling to 1-6 on the year.
The Lady Cards will close out play at the UTSA Classic on Friday with a match vs. Loyola Marymount. First serve is set for 4:30 p.m.