Sept. 19, 2013
LAKE CHARLES - Sierra Whittaker picked up a match-high 20 kills on Thursday evening, but it wasn't enough for the Lamar volleyball team as the Lady Cardinals fell to McNeese State in a Southland Conference showdown at Memorial Gym.
The Lady Cards (2-11, 0-2 SLC) got the bulk of their offense from the outside hitters as Whittaker hit .275 on the left side, and Madi Martin held down the right side of the attack with 12 kills at a blistering .476 clip. Chelsea Grant was also efficient in the middle, hitting .333 with seven kills.
Alexa Johnson helped foster the attack for LU, racking up 38 assists, but unfortunately McNeese out-hit the Lady Cards .336 to .229.
Both Erika Rojas and Lauren Stahlman made noise on the defensive end with 11 and 10 digs, respectively, and both Grant and Cortney Moore were forces at the net with four blocks apiece.
After dropping a tight opening set in 25-22 fashion, Whittaker and Martin combined for nine kills in a 25-20 victory in the second. The Cowgirls looked to be in good shape early, taking a 13-10 lead in the set, but Rojas held serve over the course of a nine-point run to put LU up six at 19-13. Whittaker had a pair of kills in the spurt, and both Grant and Johnson combined for a pair of blocks as well.
McNeese and Lamar continued to battle it out after the break, and the Lady Cards took a slim edge at 14-13 before the Cowgirls broke off a game-changing run to go up 19-15.
Whittaker added six kills in the fourth set, but it went all for naught as McNeese grabbed a 25-15 victory to improve to 7-7 on the season with a 1-1 conference mark.
Lamar will return to SLC play on Saturday with a match against Nicholls in Thibodaux, La.