Sept. 28, 2012
BEAUMONT – The Lamar volleyball program didn’t get off to the start it hoped for in Southland play, but with nearly a week to recuperate from an 0-2 showing last weekend, head coach Justin Gibert will look to take advantage of the extra days off to push the Lady Cards back into the race on Saturday at McNeese State.
“After this last weekend, it was nice to have some time to identify some things we need to work on,” Gibert said. “We’ve been working really hard, and with some players not available right now, it’s nice to have some time to train.”
Injuries have been par for the course for the Lady Cards (9-9, 1-3 SLC) this season, and this week is proving no different as a number of players have been asked to take on new roles within the team, especially in regard to passing and defense.
“When we’re fully-loaded, I believe we’re one of the most talented teams in the league, but we’re not right now and we just have to play through it,” Gibert said. “We have some players right now that are in passing and floor defense at the collegiate level, and they’ve never played in that role before. We’re trying to generate as much experience in those positions as possible, so it’s good to have had this week to do it.”
Last time out against the Cowgirls (5-12, 0-4 SLC), LU got an historic showing from setter Alex Morford, but it was not enough as McNeese outlasted the Lady Cards to pick up a five-set victory at McDonald Gym. Morford became the first setter to break the 60-assist mark in a match since the start of the 25-point rally scoring era, handing out 64 to go along with six kills and 10 digs. Whittaker racked up a match-best 23 kills, and Wendy Krell added 10 with six blocks.
All-time, the Lady Cards hold a 40-21 advantage over the Cowgirls, but have not had the upper hand on the road, with McNeese carrying a 13-12 edge. The two schools have split the series in each of the past two seasons.
First serve on Saturday is set for 2 p.m. at Memorial Gym on the campus of McNesse State University.