Sep 4, 2013
BEAUMONT – The Lamar volleyball team will look to get back on track this weekend as they hit the road for San Antonio to take on Texas A&M, Loyola Marymount and host UTSA at the UTSA Classic.
Lamar (1-4) is coming off a narrow 3-2 loss to Texas-Pan American this past Monday and a 1-3 showing at the Texas State Classic, falling to Texas State, Houston and SMU before beating Quinnipiac in 3-1 fashion.
The Last Meeting
October 22, 2011
San Antonio, Texas
UTSA too much for Lamar in 3-0 victory
SAN ANTONIO - UTSA showed why it is the top volleyball team in the Southland Conference on Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center as the Roadrunners knocked Lamar University off in three sets by scores of 25-15, 25-14 and 25-18.
, who is coming off a Southland Freshman of the Year season in 2012, has led the team through the first five matches, hitting .288 and averaging 2.79 kills per set. Despite playing limited minutes due to injury, All-Southland honoree Sierra Whittaker
has been important in the attack too, averaging a team-best 3.00 kills per set.
However, the rest of the responsibility for the team’s scoring has fallen on a group of 10 freshmen, including redshirt middle blocker Chelsea Grant, who has turned heads with her blocking numbers so far. The Killeen native picked up seven against UTPA and another nine in the win over Quinnipiac. She’s also added 25 kills. Beneice Douch and Nicole Parish have also gotten significant court time, combining for 25 kills, and Alexa Johnson has been the primary facilitator, dishing out 142 assists.
Defensively, LU has been led once again by Megan Schwartz. The junior libero leads the team with a 4.58 dig-per-set average, and the duo of Erika Rojas and Lauren Stahlman have combined for 3.21.
The Lady Cardinals will start off this week’s tournament with a match against former conference foe UTSA on Thursday, which enters the meeting with a 1-2 record, dropping matches to both San Diego State and LSU. Their lone win came in a 3-1 decision vs. UC Davis.
Later on Thursday, LU will square off against SEC power Texas A&M. The Aggies are 2-1 this year with wins over South Dakota State and North Dakota State. The loss came against 15th-ranked Iowa State.
The Red and White will wrap up play on Friday afternoon against Loyola Marymount. The Lions are 2-1 as well, with wins over Albany and North Texas. No. 12 UCLA was handed a 25-14 opening set loss by the West Coast Conference squad, but rebounded for a 3-1 win.
Lamar will begin play at the UTSA Classic on Thursday at 11 a.m. The match against Texas A&M is slotted for 7:00 p.m., and Friday’s encounter is set for 4:30 p.m.