Oct. 2, 2010
BEAUMONT - Lamar University overcame a sluggish start on Saturday afternoon at McDonald Gym to pick up a 3-1 Southland Conference volleyball victory over visiting UT Arlington for the Lady Cardinals third straight win.
Lamar evened it season record at 8-8 and now stands at 4-1 in SLC play. The Lady Cardinals will not take the court for a week until playing at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi next Saturday. UTA fell to 8-10 with the loss and 2-2 in the conference.
After winning the first set 25-15, UTA looked as though it would go up 2-0. The Mavericks were ahead 23-19 in the second set, before the Lady Cards ran off six straight points to take the set 25-23.
Sophomore Kaleigh Wright displayed clutch serving as the Lady Cards' libero served the final five points. Tina Hobbs and Megan McStravick blocked a Tara Frantz attack to close out the set and even the match.
"Kaleigh was huge today for us," said LU head Coach Justin Gibert. "Her passing and defense were amazing, and she almost single-handedly won the second set for us at the service line."
LU rode that momentum into the third set, jumping out to a 6-0 lead that would never be challenged. The Lady Cards hit .379 as a team in the set, while limiting the Mavericks to only seven kills, in winning easily by a 25-12 score.
The Mavericks grabbed a 14-5 lead in the fourth set, but sophomore middle blocker Jayme Bazile gave LU a lift off the bench to close out the match. Bazile tallied four kills and two blocks to pull LU to within a point at 18-17.
LU tied the set at 21 on a McStravick kill and never trailed again. Hobbs pounded out one of her 15 kills to give Lamar match point, and Cynthia McCollum delivered a service ace on the next point to give the Lady Cardinals a 25-22 win.
"Jayme was a little off today," said Gibert, "but she still finished with a solid match. Our middle blockers have been carrying the offensive load for us and today was no difference.
"Tina (Hobbs) has played great the last few matches and Cynthia (McCollum) gave her best performance of the season."
Lamar finished the match with 54 kills and a .232 hitting percentage. The Lady Cards also continued their dominance at the net, finishing with nine total blocks as compared to UTA's three.
In addition to 15 kills, Hobbs added a .367 attack percentage and five blocks. The redshirt sophomore has 36 kills and a .388 attack percentage as Lamar picked up wins over Texas State and UT Arlington.
Bazile, who sat out the third set, finished with 11 kills, a .529 attack percentage and three blocks. McCollum chipped in with 10 kills and Wright tallied a match-high 17 digs for Lamar, as well.
UTA finished with 47 kills and a .185 attack percentage. Amanda Aguilera led all players with 17 kills.