Volleyball hits the road for Sam Houston State

GO CARDINALS <b>Alexa Johnson</b>
Alexa Johnson

Sept. 12, 2013

BEAUMONT – The Lamar volleyball team will hit the road for the third straight weekend, but this one will be the most important one so far as the Lady Cardinals will open up conference play at the Sam Houston Invitational in Huntsville.

Lamar, which is coming off a three-set loss to Rice this past Tuesday, will begin on Friday with the conference opener against Sam Houston State before taking on a pair of non-conference opponents in Washington State and Jackson State on Saturday.

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Friday’s match will mark the first time the Lady Cards (1-8) have opened up a Southland schedule at Sam Houston since 2009, and the second straight year LU has played on the road for the conference opener.

Last season, the Red and White were handed a tough four-set loss at Nicholls, and the team will be looking for its first opening win since a 3-1 victory over Southeastern Louisiana at McDonald Gym in 2011.

After missing much of the season’s first nine matches due to injury, Lamar hopes to have Sierra Whittaker back in the fold this weekend. The senior outside hitter was a preseason all-conference selection and currently boasts of 864 career kills and 67 service aces.

Aside from Whittaker, the team will look for offensive contributions from Cortney Moore (2.54 kills per set) and Madi Martin (1.53) as well as freshmen Nicole Parish (1.52), Cedar Young (1.37) and Sara Landis (1.27).

The team can also expect scoring from the block as Chelsea Grant leads the team with 28 stoppers on the year. Martin and Moore have 16 and 15, respectively.

Points should also be available from the service line as Erika Rojas and Megan Schwartz have tallied 15 aces combined. Lauren Stahlman and Alexa Johnson have five apiece.

Johnson has played the role of facilitator with 222 assists, and Ashley Ellis has also been involved, dishing out 28, including 10 in the third set of Tuesday’s match vs. Rice.

Schwartz has headlined the backline for the Lady Cards, posting a team-best average of 4.35 digs per set, and Rojas has averaged 2.00. Martin, Johnson, Stahlman and Ellis are each contributing one or more per frame.

Friday’s match vs. SHSU (2-5) is set for 7 p.m. at Johnson Coliseum. The Lady Cards will then take on Washington State (7-0) at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Jackson State (1-6) at 4 p.m.




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