Oct. 19, 2010
LAKE CHARLES, La. - Lamar University jumped out to a first set victory Tuesday night, but could not sustain its momentum as the Lady Cardinals dropped a Southland Conference volleyball match at McNeese State by a 3-1 score.
The Lady Cardinals, who stood in second place in the SLC East Division standings at the midway point of the conference season, fell to 9-11 on the year and 5-4 in SLC play. McNeese, which earned a season split with Lamar, improved to 9-15 overall and 3-6 in the league.
It looked as though LU would earn the season sweep as it won the first set by a 25-20 score. However, poor serving and inconsistent offense plagued the Lady Cardinals and allowed the Cowgirls to win the next three sets by scores of 25-21, 25-17 and 25-13.
Sophomore middle blocker Jayme Bazile, who did not play in Saturday's home victory over Northwestern State, led LU with 13 kills, three blocks and a sparkling .632 attack percentage. Freshman Megan McStravick had another solid outing for Lamar as she added 12 kills.
Lamar hit well over .300 in the first two sets, but managed only a .138 attack percentage over the final two sets as McNeese overwhelmed the youthful Lady Cardinals.
The Cowgirls hit a solid .350 for the match while racking up nine service aces and only two service errors. LU, which has struggled at the service line for much of the season, finished with five aces and eight service errors.
Taylor Bustamento led the Cowgirl offense with 14 kills, while Priscilla Massengale chipped in with 12.
Lamar will jump back into SLC action on Saturday afternoon at 1 when West Division leader UTSA visits McDonald Gym.