Sept. 13, 2011
HOUSTON - Lamar University got 10 kills from Sierra Whittaker, and a career-high eight blocks from Christina Hobbs, but it was not enough as the Lady Cardinals fell 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-22) to Houston on Tuesday night in a non-conference volleyball match from the Athletics/Alumni Center.
The Lady Cardinals have now dropped 10 straight, and stand at 1-11 on the year. It is Lamar's longest losing streak since opening the 1988 season with 10 straight losses. The Lady Cardinals will next play in the 2011 Allstate Kathy Trosclair Memorial Tournament. Lamar will open the tournament Friday with matches against Belmont and South Alabama, before taking on host Tulane on Saturday.
As has been the problem for much of the season, Lamar failed to generate enough offense to pull out the match. The Lady Cardinals had opportunities to win each of the three sets, but finished the match with 15 less kills than UH (43-28), and hit just .148 as a team.
"We hit .286 in the first set, and then our offense stalled," said LU head coach Justin Gibert. "Our passing was not good enough to run our offense effectively, and our middle blocker play is not what it needs to be."
Lamar jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the third set, and led 16-12 before the Cougars (7-3) scored four straight points to tie the set at 16. UH took its first lead at 21-20, and outscored Lamar 4-2 down the stretch to close the match with a 25-22 victory.
The first two sets were much the same. Lamar grabbed a 22-21 lead in the opening set on a block by Hobbs and Alex Morford, but the Cougars responded with four straight points to win the set 25-22.
Never giving up, Lamar trailed 21-16 in set two before getting within a point at 21-20. A Megan Schwartz service error gave the Cougars the ball and the lead at 22-20, and UH would go on to win 25-22.
Behind the play of Hobbs, Lamar did a good job of blocking. LU finished with 10 total blocks, while limiting the Cougars to just six. Unfortunately, Lamar also committed 11 service errors, and finished with just 34 digs in the match.
Sophomore outside hitter Megan McStravick finished with four kills, and a .400 attack percentage, but just had 10 total attacks in the match. Lamar's outside hitters accounted for 19 of its 28 kills, while the rest of the team managed just nine.
Angel Colyar led LU with 11 digs.
UH got a match-high 15 kills from Lucy Charuk, who also finished with a stellar .542 attack percentage. The senior middle blocker added three total blocks for Houston. Three other Cougars added seven kills each, while Natalie Keck finished with a match-high 13 digs.