Nov. 1, 2012
BEAUMONT – The Lamar volleyball team didn’t make it easy for visiting Central Arkansas Thursday evening, but the Sugar Bears seemed to find the answers late in each set en route to a 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-22) win over the Lady Cardinals at McDonald Gym.
Cortney Moore starred once again for LU (10-19, 2-13 Southland), hitting .400 with 11 kills, three blocks and a pair of service aces.
Wendy Krell was also strong offensively, racking up 11 kills as well at a .346 rate.
Alex Morford led the team in assists with 31, but Lamar was out-hit .266 to .255.
Defensively, Christina Hobbs had a match-best four blocks and Krell had three. Both Morford and Erika Rojas tallied eight digs.
The first set was a back-and-forth affair featuring 11 ties and six lead changes, but ultimately the Sugar Bears (24-4, 12-3 SLC) had the answers late to grab a 25-22 victory. It looked like Lamar might pull it out, grabbing a late 19-17 advantage on a Morford kill, but UCA ran off four straight points to go up 21-19.
The Lady Cards would pull within one twice, including at 23-22, but a Heather Shnars kill and a Taylor Hammonds block sealed the win for the Sugar Bears.
Moore caught fire in the second set, registering seven kills at a .600 clip, but LU could never quite get over the hump, trailing by two or three points for much of the frame. After pulling within two at 22-20, consecutive Jessica Hays kills and a McCollum error secured the 2-0 lead for UCA.
Lamar hit a scorching .360 in the third set, storming back from a 19-11 deficit to pull within one at 22-23 on a Krell kill, but it was all for naught as Alicia Dittrich and Jessica Nagy shut the door on LU with a pair of kills.
Lamar will return to action on Saturday against Oral Roberts. It will be the final home match for seniors Hobbs, Krell, McCollum and Morford. The group will be honored shortly before first serve, which is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.