Sept. 12, 2008
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -
The Lamar University volleyball team snapped a five match losing streak with a 3-1 win over Tennessee-Martin in their opening match of the Arkansas Invitational at Barnhill Arena on Friday afternoon.
After falling behind 11-3 to start game one, the Lady Cardinals charged back to take control behind the strong play of Meagan Adams five kills. As a team Lamar hit .256 and posted four blocks while holding the Skyhawks to a .156 hitting percentage.
In game two the Lady Cardinals again fell behind early as UT-Martin jumped on top 11-4. Just like in game one though, Lamar rallied back and took the lead at 21-20 but could not hold on as the Skyhawks pulled out a 26-24 win.
With the match tied at one game apiece the Lady Cardinals asserted themselves in game three and began to click offensively. As a team they hit .417 in game three six kills from Adams and five kills by Courtney Trevino. The LU defense also picked up as Genevieve Gladle paced the Lady Cards with six.
Lamar closed out the match in game four with a 26-24 win, finishing off the Skyhawks with a pair of kills by Lauren Holdorff. The Lady Cards were led by Gladle who had six kills and seven digs and Holdorff who posted five.
"This was a good win for us today," head coach Justin Gibert said. "We've had some tough losses so far, but we did a good job of turning things around today. Gen and Meagan did a great job leading our offense and they both were strong defensively as well. Hopefully we can carry this over to our match tonight against Arkansas and get another win."
Adams finished the match with a career-high 17 kills to go along with nine digs while Gladle posted her second straight double-double with 15 kills and a career-high 23 digs. Holdorff knocked down 13 kills and Shalayne Blythe added 11 kills while Ashley Todd passed out 51 assists.
Joining Gladle in the defensive effort for Lamar was Trevino who collected 13 digs, Andrea Hamilton
who picked up 11 and Todd who had 10. The defense at the net was led by Holdorff and Blythe who had six blocks apiece while Todd added five.
As a team Lamar hit .181 for the match while holding UT-Martin to a .101 percentage. Both team finished with 13 blocks while LU out-dug the Skyhawks 74 to 61.
The Lady Cardinals will be back in action at 7 p.m. when they take on tournament host Arkansas.