Sept. 14, 2013
HUNTSVILLE – After dropping a morning match to eventual Sam Houston Invitational champion Washington State on Saturday, the Lamar volleyball team beat Jackson State 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-21) in the evening match at Johnson Coliseum to snap a seven-game skid.
The Lady Cardinals (2-10), who have seen much of their offense come from the middle over the opening three weeks, got the bulk of production from the left and right side of the net in the match-up with the Tigers. Sierra Whittaker, who was making a return from injury this weekend, put up a match-high 12 kills, and Madi Martin supplied 10 at a scorching .600 clip.
The middles still brought in a strong scoring output on the evening as Cortney Moore and Sara Landis combined for 14 kills, with the latter adding seven blocks defensively. As a team, LU out-blocked JSU 10.5 to 5.0.
Alexa Johnson quarterbacked the attack, tallying 30 assists and helping the Lady Cards out-hit the Tigers .231 to .051.
Erika Rojas led the defensive effort with 10 digs, and Megan Schwartz and Lauren Stahlman combined for 17 more.
Schwartz was named to the Sam Houston Invitational All-Tournament team following the match.
The Red and White never trailed en route the 25-22 victory in the opening set, and the team would really shine as it turned over to set two. Three Lady Cards recorded three or more kills in the frame as LU picked up 15 kills at a .364 rate, the best single set attack percentage for Lamar since a 3-1 victory over Quinnipiac earlier this month.
In Saturday’s earlier match, Washington State improved to 9-0 on the year with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-17) decision over Lamar.
Whittaker recorded 13 of LU’s 27 kills, but the WSU attack was too much too handle as it out-hit that of the Lady Cards’ .396 to .089.
Both Martin and Schwartz tallied team highs in digs with nine apiece, and Ashley Ellis set a career-high in assists with 25.
Lamar will return to action next weekend with a Southland Conference road trip, taking on McNeese State and Nicholls.