Oct. 4, 2012
TULSA, Okla. - The senior duo of Christina Hobbs and Wendy Krell combined for a solid showing on Thursday night at Oral Roberts, but the Golden Eagles ultimately had the answers, winning 3-0 (25-18, 28-26, 25-20) at the Aerobics Center.
Hobbs racked up a match-best 11 kills to go along with a service ace and eight digs, and Krell hit .316 with eight kills. However, the rest of the Lady Cardinals combined for 18 as they were out-hit on the night .286 to .158.
Alex Morford directed the offense for much of the evening, tallying 30 assists.
Defensively, Megan Schwartz registered the match high in digs with 14, and Erika Rojas added 10.
It looked pretty good for LU (9-11, 1-5 Southland) in the early goings of the opening stanza as the two sides battled back-and-forth throughout the opening 10 points. Kensey Camp helped the Lady Cards out to the first real advantage of the night, punctuating a three-point run with a service ace to hand the Lady Cards an 8-5 lead.
The Golden Eagles (7-11, 3-4 SLC) were not deterred and returned forcefully with a 9-1 run to grab control at 14-9. ORU was never seriously challenged down the stretch, grabbing a 25-18 victory.
The second frame would be much tougher for the hosts as Lamar put together an impressive last-minute run only to fall short. The Lady Cards found themselves down 24-18, just one point away from an 0-2 deficit, but fought off six consecutive set points over the course of a 7-0 run to grab a lead at 25-24. It was the first LU lead of the set.
, who prior to Thursday night had attempted just one serve this season, held serve over the course of the run, and both Krell and Rebekah Rightnour
picked up two kills.
A Jessica Pancratz kill evened things up for ORU at 25-25, and following a Pancratz ball-handling error, back-to-back errors by Lamar set up another set point for the Golden Eagles. Bruna Silva quashed any potential late push this time around, sealing the deal with a service ace to secure a 28-26 victory.
ORU came out of the break firing on all cylinders, out-hitting the Lady Cards .324 to .062 and leading wire-to-wire to win 25-20.
Lamar will return to action on Saturday at Central Arkansas. First serve is scheduled for 2 p.m.