Oct. 13, 2012
BEAUMONT – After coming back from early deficits in each of the first two sets, the Lamar volleyball team had the efforts go all for naught as Sam Houston State picked up a hard-fought 3-1 (22-25, 28-26, 25-13, 25-21) victory over the Lady Cards at McDonald Gym on Saturday afternoon.
Kensey Camp and Sierra Whittaker were the focal points of the LU attack, as the duo combined to hit .340 with 20 kills. Wendy Krell was also effective in the attack, tallying eight and hitting .316, and Madi Martin led the team in assists with 34.
Defensively, the Lady Cards (9-14, 1-8 Southland) picked up 10.5 blocks, with Cortney Moore leading the way with seven assists. Martin and Christina Hobbs each added four.
Erika Rojas led the team in digs with a match-best 16, and Whittaker had eight.
It looked ominous for the Lady Cards in the opening set as the Bearkats (13-9, 8-2 SLC) came out of the gate firing on all cylinders, running out to an 11-4 lead and forcing Lamar’s second and final timeout. However, LU slowly worked its way back into the match, and later put together a 6-0 run with Martin holding serve to grab a 17-16 advantage. After trading scores down the stretch, a pair of SHSU attack errors sealed the Bearkats’ fate and handed LU a 1-0 lead.
SHSU came out strong once again in the second set, running out to a 17-9 advantage, but Lamar found a way back into the frame, riding a late 5-0 run to take a 22-20 lead on a Camp kill. The Bearkats fought back to tie it four times, including at 26-26, and a Kim Black kill and Devene Wells-Gibson service ace gave the Bearkats the 28-26 victory to send the match into the break even at 1-1.
SHSU out-hit LU .500 to .200 in the third frame to coast to a 25-13 win.
The Bearkats were efficient in the fourth as well, hitting .344 on the way to a 25-21 win. The Lady Cards attempted another late rally, pulling back within three at 24-21, but Wells-Gibson’s 27th kill of the match gave SHSU the victory.
Lamar will return to action on Tuesday, when the Lady Cards play host to Nicholls at McDonald Gym.