Sept. 8, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas -
After dropping their first match of the day to New Orleans 3-2, the Lamar University volleyball team rebounded with a 3-1 win over Denver at the 2007 Molten/LaQuinta Inn Invitational hosted by Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.
In game one against Denver the Lady Cardinals used an 8-2 run to close out the game 30-26. The LU run was spurred by the strong serving of Lauren Rush who closed the game with six straight service points, while Courtney Mitchell posted three kills during the run.
The Pioneers responded in game two and posted a 30-22 win, but it would be their only win of the match, as LU responded by taking the third and fourth games 30-26, 30-26.
Freshman outside hitter Destiny Mason turned in the best performance of her career with 17 kills and 23 digs, leading the way for the Lady Cards. Sophomore middle blocker Lauren Holdorff also had a solid offensive match, posting 11 kills with a .300 hitting percentage, while junior setter Ashley Todd passed out 47 assists.
Along with Mason, the Lady Cardinal defensive effort was keyed by junior libero Andrea Hamilton's 23 digs, while Lauren Rush set a new career-high with 14 digs.
In the first match of the day the Lady Cardinals could not close the door on the University of New Orleans, failing to convert on match point four times in game five and losing an eight point lead in game four.
The Lamar offense was led by senior middle blocker Molli Abel who had 18 kills with a .342 hitting percentage, while sophomore setter Adrianne Meengs had 12 kills and 59 assists. The defense was anchored by Hamilton's 25 digs while Mason and Genevieve Gladle each picked up 16 digs.
The split on day two of the TCU tournament gives Lamar a 5-7 record on the year. They Lady Cards will be in action again on Thursday night with they host Texas Southern University a 7:00 in the first game of the Pros Home Healthcare Invitational at McDonald Gym.