Sept. 3, 2012
BEAUMONT – Wendy Krell had one of her best matches on Saturday night, helping the Lamar volleyball program to a five-set win over visiting Tulane, and on Monday, the senior was rewarded for her efforts, earning Southland Player of the Week as announced by the league office.
“It means a lot because it shows that our team came together this weekend and played really well,” Krell said. “I’ve been working hard this season, and to get recognition for that means a lot to me.”
The Plano native was outstanding in helping LU to a 4-1 week, beginning with a 3-0 thumping of New Orleans last Tuesday. On Saturday, Krell racked up 19 kills at a .368 rate to go along with three blocks and an ace in a five-set victory over Tulane. She finished the week hitting .346 with 53 kills, 14 blocks and four aces.
“Obviously, Wendy did well for us, especially in the tough matches,” head coach Justin Gibert said. “She came through for us, and she’s been one of our most consistent players this year. She’s been putting up solid numbers since day one, and she just continues to get better and better.”
Gibert hopes to get more of the same from Krell on Tuesday as the Lady Cards welcome in Louisiana.
“We need to continue to play well offensively,” Gibert said. “When we put up better offensive numbers than our opponent we almost always win. We’re familiar with Louisiana, but I feel that we need to focus on doing the best that we can on offense. That’s what’s important for us. We also need to serve a bit tougher, so we’re going to work on that a bit as well.”
The Ragin’ Cajuns are 4-2 this season and are coming off a 3-0 weekend that saw them drop only one set in wins over Southern Miss, McNeese State and Houston Baptist. The Lady Cards are 36-6 all-time vs. Louisiana and 17-1 in matches played in Beaumont. However, the Cajuns had the edge last time around, coming up with a 3-1 victory in Lafayette last season.
First serve on Tuesday is set for 7 p.m.