TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – After dropping the morning match 3-0 (9-25, 23-25, 16-25) to Austin Peay, the Lamar volleyball team returned to form as three Lady Cards hit double figures in kills in a 3-1 (25-23, 25-16, 10-25, 25-15) win over ETSU in the afternoon on Saturday.
The difference between the two matches could not be better exemplified than in the play of Sierra Whittaker, who tallied eight kills to 11 attack errors in the loss to APSU only to return in the afternoon with a match-high 16 kills and four service aces vs. the Bucs.
Despite Whittaker’s numbers, the focal point of the Lady Card offense was the middle, as has been the case in recent weeks. Cortney Moore put together her best match of the season offensively, tallying a career-best 15 kills and hitting at a blistering .520 rate. Krell also hit double figures from the middle, totaling 10 kills and hitting .318.
Alex Morford, who racked up just 11 assists against the Lady Govs (4-9), dished out 39 helpers in vs. ETSU (8-4), guiding the LU offense to a .291 attack percentage.
Megan Schwartz, who missed the APSU match, picked up a match-best 15 digs vs. ETSU, and Erika Rojas hit double digits in both matches, recording 23 for the day.
Against ETSU, the Lady Cards (8-6) held on late in the opening set for a 25-23 victory, thanks in part to seven kills on eight swings by Moore, helping the Lady Cards out-hit ETSU .462 to .314.
LU kept it going in set two with a 25-16 win, but the Bucs came out of the break on fire, hitting .464 to put away the Lady Cards for a 25-10 victory.
The Lady Cards returned to form in the fourth as they hit .375 and never trailed en route to a 25-15 decision.
In the morning match, the Lady Govs out-hit the Lady Cards .301 to .049 as LU fell 3-0.
Lamar will continue its road swing next week with a pair of road games in Louisiana to open Southland Conference play.