Oct. 15, 2005
ARLINGTON, Texas -
The Lamar University volleyball picked up their second win of the Southland Conference schedule Friday night, sweeping the UT-Arlington Lady Mavericks 3-0 in Arlington.
Lamar snapped a two match skid with a solid performance Friday night, taking the match 30-28, 31-29, 30-24 for their first conference road win of the year.
In game one, Lamar fell behind 30-28, but used six straight service points by freshman Ashley Todd to pull out the 30-28 win and take a one game lead.
Game two was just as close as the opening frame, with the two teams battling back and forth from a 20-20 tie before Lamar pulled out a 31-29 win. After a kill by senior Nikki Perry, fellow senior Erica Brown closed out the game with an ace.
In game three the Lady Cardinals finally found a rhythm, as they took the final game 30-24. Lamar built a seven point lead at 23-16, and cruised to the win.
"We didn't play our best match tonight," head coach Justin Gibert said. "We struggled a little setting the ball, but Ashley (Todd) settled down and we picked up a big win. It's great to pick up this win on the road before we finally get to go home a play a match in Beaumont."
Buchi Okoh led the way for the LU offense, knocking down 15 kills, while Lauren Rush and Molli Abel added 14 and 12 kills respectively. Todd passed out a game-high 47 assists, and the LU defense was led by Alyssa Parks and Andrea Hamilton who collected 12 and 10 kills respectively.
The Lady Cardinals will be in action again Tuesday night when they take on the McNeese State Cowgirls at the Montagne Center at 7 p.m. It will be the first home match the Lady Cards have played since a 3-0 win over Nicholls State on September 20, a day before evacuating for Hurricane Rita.