Sep 1, 2013
BEAUMONT - After picking up its first win of the season on Saturday, the Lamar volleyball team will aim to make it two in a row as Texas-Pan American comes to town for a Labor Day showdown at McDonald Gym.
The match will mark the home opener for a young Lady Cardinals (1-3) side that features 10 freshmen and a junior transfer. Of the group, nine made their collegiate debuts over the weekend, culminating with an eye-popping nine-block display by redshirt-freshman Chelsea Grant to help LU to a 3-1 win against Quinnipiac.
Joining Grant with an impressive weekend was setter Alexa Johnson, who handed out 100 assists over the course of the tournament. The front line quintet of Nicole Parish, Beniece Douch, Cedar Young, Autumn Taylor and Sara Landis combined for 24 kills, and Lauren Stahlman recorded 15 digs on the back line.
Despite the infusion of first-year players, the Cards still saw the bulk of their production come from All-Southland performer Sierra Whittaker and 2012 Southland Freshman of the Year Cortney Moore. The duo picked up 62 kills for the weekend, led by Moore's 41 at a .363 rate en route to a spot on the All-Texas State Classic team. Junior libero Megan Schwartz also played well, putting up a 28-dig outing vs. Houston and finishing with 65 for the weekend.
Texas-Pan American enters the encounter after going 1-2 in a tournament at Houston Baptist. The Broncs suffered a 3-1 loss to Louisiana, but rebounded to sweep Nebraska-Omaha only to drop a tough five-setter to Houston Baptist. Monday marks the first meeting between UTPA and LU since 2010, when the Cards dropped a 3-1 decision in Edinburg. Overall, the Lady Cards boast of an impressive 24-4 mark vs. their former conference foes.
First serve at McDonald Gym is set for 1 p.m.
The Last Meeting
August 27, 2010