Volleyball heads to San Marcos for 2013 opener

GO CARDINALS <b>Cortney Moore</b>
Cortney Moore

Aug 29, 2013

BEAUMONT - After a long offseason, the Lamar volleyball team will look to start off the 2013 campaign strong this weekend as the Lady Cardinals will head to former conference foe Texas State to take part in the Texas State Classic at Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos.

The Lady Cards will open the tournament with a meeting Friday morning against the hosts, which posted a 14-16 record a year ago, at 11:30 a.m. before returning to the court later in the day for a match-up with Houston, a squad looking to rebound from a 9-19 season in 2012. On Saturday, LU will take on SMU and Qunnipiac. The two sides went 11-20 and 2-23 last year, respectively.

The Last Meeting
September 13, 2011
Houston, Texas
Lamar falls in three sets at Houston
HOUSTON - Lamar University got 10 kills from Sierra Whittaker, and a career-high eight blocks from Christina Hobbs, but it was not enough as the Lady Cardinals fell 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-22) to Houston on Tuesday night in a non-conference volleyball match from the Athletics/Alumni Center.

The Last Meeting
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August 31, 2012
McDonald Gym
Lady Cards split first day at Lamar Invitational
BEAUMONT - The Lady Cardinal volleyball team had contributions from everyone in Friday morning's 3-1 (25-14, 25-20, 18-25, 25-14) win over visiting Louisiana Tech, but the evening match would prove more difficult as LU fell 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-15) to former conference foe Texas State to end the first day of play at the Lamar Invitational.

The Last Meeting
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Dallas, Texas

Lamar will depend on a deep group of freshmen this year as it looks to recover from a 10-22 campaign last season. Head coach Justin Gibert has 10 players looking to see their first collegiate action this weekend, beginning with a tall pair of middle blockers in 6-foot-1 Chelsea Grant and 6-foot-3 Sara Landis. The duo missed out on last season with a redshirt, and will split time with reigning Southland Freshman of the Year Cortney Moore.

On the left side, LU will look to an All-Southland performer in Sierra Whittaker, the team's lone senior, who comes into the season 175 kills shy of 1,000 for her career. Joining her will be three freshmen, including a pair of international students in Beneice Douch of New Zealand and Nicole Parish of England. Autumn Taylor of Pearland is also expected to see significant playing time this weekend.

Madi Martin, who is making the switch from setter to right side, adds some height on that end of the net at 6-2. She will look to team up a bit with equally tall freshman Cedar Young, who made the move to Beaumont this summer from Arizona.

Taking her place at setter will be freshmen Alexa Johnson and Ashley Ellis. The former joined the program in January of this year from Papillion-La Vista High School in Nebraska, and the latter is out of Clear Lake High School in Houston.

Lauren Stahlman, a freshman from Plano, is expected to be one of the standouts on the back row, splitting time with junior defensive specialist Erika Rojas. Megan Schwartz, a redshirt junior from Tomball, is slated to don the libero jersey again this season.

Also joining the team on the trip will be junior Kensey Camp as well as freshman Alaina Dock.

First serve on Saturday is set for 11:30 a.m.




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