Volleyball gearing up for another strong weekend

GO CARDINALS <b>The Lady Cards will be going for a fourth straight win on Friday.</b>
The Lady Cards will be going for a fourth straight win on Friday.

BEAUMONT - The Lamar volleyball team is on a three-match winning streak and the Lady Cards will hope to keep the good times rolling as they head off for Tuscaloosa, Ala., to play in the Bama Bash on the campus of Alabama University.

The Lady Cards capped off a six-match homestand earlier this week, knocking off Louisiana in 3-1 fashion on Tuesday to improve to 6-4, which is the best start for a Lamar volleyball team since 2004, which saw LU race out to a 6-1 record.

A major reason for the surge this year has been the play of Wendy Krell, Cynthia McCollum and Sierra Whittaker. The trio combined for 44 kills on Tuesday, marking the second straight match that all three hit double-figures in kills.

"We're playing better volleyball right now than we were earlier in the year," head coach Justin Gibert said. "That's been able to propel us to some wins. Wendy's been real solid for us, but we're very balanced. We can get kills from both middles and both outsides. It's going to be hard to focus on stopping one thing against us."

It will be important for the group to keep it going on Friday as LU will open up play at Alabama. The Crimson Tide enters with a 6-1 record with the only loss coming in five sets vs. Northeastern. Lamar is 0-2 all-time against Alabama, losing 3-0 last season.

In Friday afternoon's match, the Lady Cards will take on Alabama State at 4:30 p.m. It's the first ever meeting against the Hornets, who are carrying an 0-7 record into Tuscaloosa.

On Saturday, LU will play its first-ever matches against Austin Peay and ETSU. The two schools from Tennessee are coming into the weekend on opposite sides of the spectrum as the Lady Govs sit with a 2-8 record and the Bucs of ETSU are 7-2, including a 5-0 mark on neutral floors.



First serve on Friday vs. Crimson Tide is set for 11:30 a.m.



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