Oct. 2, 2008
ARLINGTON, Texas -
The Lamar University volleyball team used a dominant performance by their outside hitters to overwhelm the UT Arlington Mavericks 3-1 Thursday night at Texas Hall.
After splitting the first two sets the Lady Cardinals turned on the offensive firepower and rolled over the Mavericks who could not slow down the attack. In the first set the Lady Cards outlasted UT Arlington for a 26-24 win, but could not hold on to set two, falling 25-23.
Tied at a set apiece, Lamar took control of set three behind the play of Genevieve Gladle and Kaci Brewer who knocked down five kills each. Meagan Adams was also solid in the third set with three kills while the team posted a .261 hitting percentage. The LU defense was also strong, holding the Mavs to a .108 hitting percentage.
In the fourth set the Lady Cardinals opened up a two point lead at 14-12 before Arlington ripped off a four point run to turn the tables on LU at 16-14. Lamar responded to the Maverick rally with a six point run to grab control of the set at 20-16 en route to an 11-1 run to close out the match with a 25-17 win.
"Our outside hitters did a phenomenal job tonight," head coach Justin Gibert said. "Gen really too advantage of the match up tonight and was outstanding. Kaci did great against their middle blocker who gave us trouble early on which really changed the match for us and Meagan played a great all around match as well.
"This was a big win for us. To go on the road and play the way we did is a big boost for us. Now we have to keep our momentum high as we get ready to play a really tough Texas State team on Saturday."
Gladle led the way for the Lady Cardinals offense, pounding out a career-high 21 kills with a .340 hitting percentage while collecting 13 digs for her fourth double-double of the year. Adams and Brewer also posted double-doubles, as Brewer finished with 12 kills and 11 digs with a .216 hitting percentage and Adams had 12 kills, 10 digs and a .214 hitting percentage. Ashley Todd passed out a season-high 59 assists and Bailey Smith led LU with 18 digs.
As a team Lamar out hit Arlington, knocking down 61 kills with a .257 hitting percentage while the Mavs has just 48 kills with a .174 hitting percentage. UT Arlington out dug LU 78 to 67 and posted nine blocks to Lamar's eight.
The Lady Cards, who improve to 4-7 overall and 2-0 in Southland Conference play with the win, will be back in action on Saturday afternoon when they take on Texas State in San Marcos, Texas at 2 p.m.