Sept. 23, 2010
THIBODAUX, La. - A young Lamar University volleyball team showed great resiliency Thursday night at Stopher Gym, but in the end Nicholls State was able to pull out a hard-fought 3-2 Southland Conference victory over the Lady Cardinals.
The loss drops the Lady Cardinals to 5-8 on the season and 1-1 in conference action. The Lady Colonels, off to one of the best starts in their program's history, improved to 9-5 overall and 2-0 in league play. LU will continue conference play at Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Down two sets to one and facing a match point, LU got a kill from freshman Megan McStravick to tie the match at 26. Sophomore Kaleigh Wright then stepped up and delivered a pair of service aces to give Lamar a 28-26 victory in set four and extend the match.
Unfortunately, the Lady Cards ran out of steam in the fifth set. Trailing 9-8 on a Jayme Bazile kill, Lamar would not score again. Nicholls ran off the next six points to close the match with a 15-8 victory.
Bazile finished with 18 kills, six block assists and a .375 attack percentage to lead the Lady Cardinals. Sierra Whittaker and McStravick each posted season-bests in kills, as Whittaker tallied 15 and McStravick chipped in with 10.
Lamar hurt itself on the service line, finishing with 16 service errors and eight service aces. Nicholls had a much better ratio with six aces and five errors. The Lady Cardinals hit just .146 as a team, despite finishing with 10 more kills than Nicholls.
The Lady Cardinals jumped out quickly in the first set building a 16-8 lead before the Colonels tied the match at 21. LU scored the next three points, however, and picked up a 25-23 win in the first set. Nicholls won the next two sets by scores of 25-18 and 25-22, respectively.
Lauren Chapman led Nicholls with 20 kills and 12 digs. Danielle Daigle, who led the nation in digs coming into the match, finished with 17.