Oct. 10, 2012
BEAUMONT – After a two-week hiatus, the Lamar women’s volleyball team will return to the friendly confines of McDonald Gym this weekend, beginning with a match against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Thursday and ending with a meeting against Sam Houston State on Saturday.
“It’s going to be nice to be at home again,” head coach Justin Gibert said. “It seems like we’ve been on the road for a good while. Both Corpus Christi and Sam Houston State have been playing some good volleyball recently, so I’m looking forward to it.”
The Lady Cardinals (9-12, 1-6 Southland) will be looking to rebound from a slow start to conference play, and a weekend at home may just be what the doctor ordered as the team currently boasts a 5-3 mark at McDonald Gym.
In order to be successful, LU will likely need a big weekend out of setter Madi Martin, who will be moving back into the starting line-up after Alex Morford went down with an injury. The role will not be new territory for Martin, as she has started a number of matches over the past two seasons, including the first eight this year.
TAMUCC is entering Thursday on a four-match winning streak and currently carry a 13-6 record this season with a 6-2 mark in SLC play. The Islanders are 2-13 all-time against Lamar and 0-7 in Beaumont. The Lady Cards have won six of the last seven meetings with the only loss coming in five-set fashion in 2010.
On Saturday, SHSU will be looking to continue their strong record vs. Lamar, having win 40 of the 63 matches played in the series. However, the Lady Cards hold the advantage at home with a 14-12 record. The Bearkats are coming into the weekend with an 11-9 record and amid a six-match winning streak. SHSU has won five straight conference matches after dropping a tight 3-2 decision at Stephen F. Austin last month.
First serve on Thursday is set for 7:00 p.m.