Sept. 13, 2008
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -
The Lamar University volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to the Arkansas Razorbacks in their second match of the Arkansas Invitational at Barnhill Arena on Friday night.
The Lady Cardinals had a rocky start to the match, falling into a 6-1 hole before they found their rhythm on offense. Lamar battled back after the slow start and pulled to within two points on several occasions the last coming at 22-20 before the Razorbacks grabbed a 25-21 win.
The Lady Cards outhit Arkansas in the opening stanza, posting a .414 hitting percentage while the Razorbacks hit .400, but it wasn't enough to pull out the win. Meagan Adams led Lamar with four kills and four digs while Shalayne Blythe and Kaci Brewer knocked down three.
In game two LU was never able to find an offensive presence as Arkansas held them to a -.088 hitting percentage en route to a 25-12 loss.
With their backs against the wall and trailing 2-0, Lamar pushed Arkansas in game three, but could not put enough together to pull out a victory. The Razorbacks pulled away from a 15-15 tie, outscoring LU 10-5 down the stretch for a 25-20 win to close out the match.
For the match Genevieve Gladle led Lamar with six kills and a .353 hitting percentage while picking up a team-high 13 digs. Adams and Blythe added eight and seven kills respectively and Ashley Todd passed out 24 assists. Andrea Hamilton finished the match with 10 digs.
As a team the Lady Cards hit just .139 for the match while Arkansas posted a .284 hitting percentage. The Razorbacks also won the defensive battle, out digging LU 51 to 44 while both tams finished with three blocks.
The Lady Cardinals, who fall to 2-6 with the loss, will be back in action at 2 p.m. when they close out the Arkansas Invitational against Virginia Tech.