Sept. 27, 2008
BEAUMONT, Texas -
It took a game to knock off the rust from two weeks away from the court, but when the Lamar University volleyball team found their stride they rolled to a 3-1 win over the Sam Houston State Bearkats at McDonald Gym Saturday afternoon.
After dropping the opening set 25-21 the Lady Cardinals used a dominant performance midway through the second set to tie the match at one set apiece. With the set tied 15-15, Lamar used a 10-1 run to claim the victory. Shalayne Blythe led the way for LU in the run, serving the final seven points for the 25-16 win.
After the intermission the Lady Cardinals pulled away from an 8-8 tie and cruised to another 25-16 win in set three. Lamar was led by Blythe and Genevieve Gladle who each knocked down four kills and hit .429 and .600 in the third set.
The fourth set proved to be a little tougher as Sam Houston jumped out to several leads before the Lady Cardinals could close them out. The Bearkats held leads of 15-12, 17-15 and 20-18, but couldn't stop LU from closing them out.
Lamar finished off the match with another strong run, outscoring the Bearkats 7-2 down the stretch. The final point of the match was scored by Gladle who killed an assists from Ashley Todd for the 25-22 win.
"I'm very proud of the way the team played today," head coach Justin Gibert said. "After not playing for a couple of weeks, I think they did a tremendous job. Ashley (Todd) did a great job getting our offense going and our middles, Shalayne (Blythe) and Lauren (Holdorff) were outstanding."
The Lady Cardinals were led by Blythe's 13 kills with a .385 hitting percentage and five blocks while Holdorff added 11 kills with a .409 hitting percentage and four blocks. Gladle also had a strong performance for LU, knocking down 11 kills while registering three blocks. Todd passed out a match high 44 assists and the Lamar defense was anchored by Bailey Smith and Andrea Hamilton who had 13 and 10 digs respectively.
Sam Houston was led by Haley Thomas who has a match-high 18 kills while Kym Loving passed out 38 assists. The SHSU defense was led by Shamira Washington who had 14 digs.
As a team the Lady Cardinals posted a .266 hitting percentage while Sam Houston hit .145 and the Lady Cardinals out blocked the Bearkats 12 to six.
The Lady Cards, who improve to 3-7 overall and 1-0 in Southland Conference play with the win, will be back in action on Thursday night when they take on UT-Arlington in Arlington, Texas at 7 p.m.