Lamar loses key SLC match at Southeastern La.
Oct. 27, 2011
HAMMOND, La. - Lamar won nearly every statistical category over Southeastern Louisiana on Thursday night at the University Center, but it was not enough to keep the Lions from picking up a 3-1 (25-17, 25-21, 15-25, 25-18) Southland Conference volleyball victory.
The Lady Cardinals finished with a 51-43 advantage in kills, a 71-60 advantage in digs and a 6-5 advantage in service aces. However, as has been the problem for much of the season, Lamar allowed an inferior offensive team to attack at a better percentage.
While the Lions may have produced just 43 kills in four sets, they finished with just 14 attack errors and a solid .215 attack percentage. Lamar struggled to keep its offense rolling as 33 attack errors led to a dismal .117 attack percentage.
The loss drops Lamar to 7-19 on the year, and more importantly, to 5-6 in conference play. Lamar started league play with a 5-2 record, but has now dropped four straight SLC matches with just five more regular season contests to play as it tries to earn one of the eight spots into the conference tournament.
SLU (5-23) was able to snap a 14-match losing streak and earn its first conference win of the season. The Lions are now 1-10 in conference play, and earned just their fourth win ever over Lamar in 27 meetings.
After dropping the first two sets by scores of 25-17 and 25-21, the Lady Cards rallied to win the third set 25-15. The third set proved to be the only one where LU's offense was clicking. Behind the play of Sierra Whittaker and Christina Hobbs, Lamar hit a solid .282 for the set and limited the Lions to just .116 hitting.
Lamar was unable to sustain its play in set four. After jumping out to a 7-5 lead on a Wendy Krell kill, SLU went on an 11-1 run to double up the Lady Cards 16-8. LU would get no closer than six points the rest of the way as SLU closed the match with a 25-18 victory.
Whittaker was the lone offensive bright spot for Lamar as she hammered down a match-high 16 kills with a healthy .343 attack percentage. Hobbs added 10 kills for Lamar. Sophomore outside hitter Megan McStravick, who is second on the team in kills, managed just five kills with nine attack errors.
Junior outside hitter Cynthia McCollum led all players with a career-high 21 digs. She was one of four Lady Cards with at least 10, including Angel Colyar with 15, Megan Schwartz with 12 and Alex Morford with 10. Morford added 45 assists and a pair of service aces.
SLU had only one player reach double digits in kills as Kinsey Williams finished with 10. Tamra Grayson added nine and Paige Dollison chipped in with eight. Megan McMillin led the Lions with 18 digs.
Lamar will look to end its four-match skid at Nicholls on Saturday afternoon. The match is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.