Oct. 14, 2009
Lamar's freshman middle blocker tandem of Jayme Bazile and Wendy Krell combined for 25 kills on .535 hitting while senior Adrianne Meengs recorded her seventh career triple-double as the Lady Cardinals defeated Nicholls, 3-2, at McDonald Gym Wednesday night.
"Our young middles led the way tonight and paced our offense," LU head coach Justin Gibert said. "They were really unstoppable in the first half of the match.
"As a whole, I thought we had good offensive numbers but we struggled at the service line and defensively. In the end we were able to put a lot of balls away and get the win."
Lamar (10-8, 5-2 SLC) hit .260 for the match and won a five-setter for the first time in three tries this season.
Meengs finished with 38 assists, 10 kills and 12 digs. Bazile's 13 kills came on 20 swings with just one error and five block assists. Krell, who poured in a career-high 14 kills on Saturday, followed that effort up with 12 kills, four aces and a pair of blocks.
Nicholls (9-11, 3-3) saw its season-best four-match win streak come to an end. Manieka Golden led the way for the Colonels with 17 kills, 15 digs, three aces and a block assist.
The scores of the first four sets were identical with Lamar taking the first and third with a 25-18 tally, while yielding the second and fourth by a 25-22 margin.
The Lady Cards broke a 7-7 tie in the fifth when they were the beneficiary of a bad set and an attack error to claim a 9-7 lead. LU never trailed the remainder of the match and closed out a 5-2 run on a block by Bazile and Lauren Holdorff. Holdorff had 10 kills, seven digs, one ace and was part of three blocks as well.
Lamar will travel to Southeastern La. for a Saturday afternoon match in Hammond, La. First serve at the University Center is set for 2 p.m.