Oct. 27, 2012
BEAUMONT – Cynthia McCollum made her long-awaited return to the volleyball floor on Saturday afternoon, and she made the best of it, leading Lamar to a 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-18) victory over McNeese State.
The senior was the engine of the Lady Card offense, picking up 11 kills and hitting .345 to go along with four service aces. Fellow senior Wendy Krell was impressive as well, picking up 12 kills and hitting .545.
The win snapped an 11-match losing streak for the Lady Cards as LU improved to 10-18 and 2-12 in Southland play. McNeese dropped to 7-21 and 1-13 in conference.
Cortney Moore hit .381 with 11 and three blocks, including two of the solo variety, and Sierra Whittaker also notched double-digit kills with 10 at a .400 clip.
Alex Morford was the facilitator of the offense, dishing out 43 assists and helping Lamar to out-hit the Cowgirls .381 to .198.
Defensively, Megan Schwartz led the Lady Cards with a match-high 14 digs.
McCollum announced her presence early, hammering down four kills on seven swings to go along with a trio of aces as Lamar dealt the Cowgirls a 25-21 loss.
McNeese ran out to a 10-5 advantage early in the frame, but the Lady Cards rode a 9-1 run to grab control at 14-11 and the Cowgirls could not provide an answer.
Lamar held the lead for much of the second frame, but McNeese wouldn’t go away as they cut the lead to two at 19-17. However, LU mounted yet another run, this time a 6-1 spurt, to grab a 2-0 lead for the first time since September 8.
Moore and Whittaker combined for nine kills on 14 swings as Lamar out-hit the Cowgirls .359 to .083 en route to another 25-18 win.
The Lady Cards will return to action next week against Oral Roberts and Central Arkansas.