Sept. 29, 2012
LAKE CHARLES, La. – Cortney Moore continued her outstanding freshman campaign on Saturday, hitting .417 with 13 kills and three blocks, but ultimately her efforts proved fruitless as the Lamar volleyball team lost 3-0 (22-25, 24-26, 23-25) at McNeese State.
Lamar dropped to 9-10 this season and the Cowgirls improved to 6-12. Both teams carry a 1-4 mark in Southland play.
The match marked the fifth that Moore, a Houston native, has posted double-digit kills this season.
Wendy Krell was also a force to be reckoned with offensively, tallying 14 kills, and Christina Hobbs hit .308 with six. Collectively, the trio of middle blockers combined for 33 of the Lady Cards’ 45 kills.
Alex Morford put up the match-high in assists with 37, but LU was out-hit .252 to .263.
Defensively, Hobbs led the team with eight digs and Erika Rojas was second with six.
The Lady Cards and Cowgirls engaged in a high-octane first set as there were five ties and five lead changes. Led by seven kills on nine attempts by Krell, the Lady Card offense hit .419 for the frame, but it wasn’t enough as McNeese was even more impressive, attacking at a scorching .455 clip.
It looked like LU would make a run for the victory late as Hobbs and Krell helped lead an 8-2 charge to pull within one at 21-20 but a pair of untimely errors spelled doom for the Lady Cards as McNeese won 25-22.
It was another tight affair in the second frame as LU clawed back from a late 19-15 deficit to earn a set point at 24-23 on a Hobbs and Moore block, but the Cowgirls closed out the frame on a Kensey Camp attack error and a pair of kills to go into the break with the 2-0 advantage.
Moore had four kills and two blocks in the third as the two sides battled it out for much of the frame. The set featured yet another heroic comeback effort from the Lady Cards as they put together a late 4-0 run, highlighted by two Moore kills and both Moore blocks to tie things up at 22-22. However, it was ultimately too little, too late and the Cowgirls pulled away for a 25-23 victory.
Lamar will return to action next week when it hits the road for Oral Roberts and Central Arkansas.