Oct. 3, 2012
BEAUMONT – The Lamar volleyball team will be aiming to get back to its winning ways this weekend as the Lady Cards hit the road for one of their toughest weekends of the season, going up to Tulsa, Okla., to take on Southland newcomer Oral Roberts on Thursday and heading over to Conway, Ark., to take on perennial power Central Arkansas on Saturday.
Lamar, who sits at 9-10 this season with a 1-4 mark in Southland play, have been hurt by injuries over the past few weeks, but bolstered by the play of middles Wendy Krell, Christina Hobbs and Cortney Moore as well as preseason all-conference honorees Sierra Whittaker and Alex Morford, the Lady Cards will still be looking to make some noise in the SLC.
Krell, who also earned a spot on the preseason team, boasts of 2.77 kills per set with a team-best .310 attack percentage. Not to be outdone, freshman Cortney Moore isn’t far off the pace, hitting .298 and racking up 2.32 per frame.
Whittaker leads the way for the Lady Cards in kills, averaging 2.90 per set, and Morford is currently averaging 10.30 assists per set to rank second in the SLC.
Oral Roberts, who was tabbed by many as a conference favorite in the preseason, enters Thursday’s match with a 2-4 mark in SLC play and a 6-11 record overall. The Lady Cards are 2-1 all-time vs. the Golden Eagles with all three matches going a full five sets. The last time the two sides met came in the 2010 season opener in Edinburg, Texas. Hobbs and Krell combined to hit .429 with 22 kills in the encounter, but it wasn’t enough as LU fell 3-2.
Central Arkansas was also considered a top contender for the SLC title prior to the season, and through the first few weeks of conference play, that has held true as the Sugar Bears are an impressive 5-1 so far and sit atop the standings. Overall, UCA is 16-1.
The Lady Cards are 4-7 against UCA, dating back to the 2006 season. However, after dropping five straight matches in the series, LU picked up 14 kills from Krell to rebound to a 3-1 win over the Sugar Bears at McDonald Gym last season.
First serve on Thursday is set for 7:00 p.m., and Saturday’s match will begin at 2:00 p.m.