Nov. 20, 2010
HUNTSVILLE - Lamar University's run through the Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament ended on Saturday evening in the semifinals as No. 2 seed UTSA knocked the Lady Cardinals off in three sets at Sam Houston State's Johnson Coliseum.
The sixth seeded Lady Cardinals close out the 2010 season with a 13-16 overall record after knocking off defending SLC Tournament champion Texas State in the third round. UTSA will take on the winner of the No. 1 seed Central Arkansas/No. 4 seed UT Arlington match.
"We just really didn't bring the kind of intensity that we had in the first round match against Texas State," said LU head coach Justin Gibert. "As a team with mostly freshman and sophomores, we just didn't have the maturity to go back-to-back with the high level of play needed."
Lamar had its chances to jump out to a 1-0 lead in the first set, going ahead 20-16 on a Wendy Krell kill. The Roadrunners, who improved to 21-11 with the win, scored the next six points to take a 22-20 lead. The Lady Cardinals would not get the lead again, as UTSA scored two straight points with the score tied at 24 to win the first set 26-24.
"We let that first game get away from us," said Gibert, "and we just couldn't get the momentum back. It really seemed to deflate us and from there, we just played flat."
The Lady Cardinals dropped the next two sets by scores of 25-21 and 25-23 to close out the tournament and their season.
Lamar struggled offensively, especially with the loss of talented outside hitter Megan McStravick who missed the match with a concussion suffered in the tournament opener. The Lady Cards managed just 39 kills and a .164 attack percentage in the match.
"Megan was a big part of our offense and missing her was really big for us," said Gibert. "Cynthia (McCollum) played well at the outside, but our middle blockers struggled and we just couldn't put it all together."
Krell led Lamar with 11 kills and a .381 attack percentage, and fellow middle blocker Jayme Bazile
finished with 10 kills. Sophomore Angel Colyar
led Lamar with 18 digs in the match.
UTSA finished the match with 47 kills and a team attack percentage of .265, getting 17 kills and 11 digs from Kendra Rowland.