Volleyball looking for another big weekend

GO CARDINALS <b>Erika Rojas</b>
Erika Rojas

Oct. 16, 2013

BEAUMONT - Fresh off two consecutive victories, the Lamar volleyball team will look to continue its strong play this week as the Lady Cardinals welcome a pair of Southland Conference foes in Southeastern Louisiana and New Orleans to McDonald Gym.

The Lady Cards (6-14, 4-4 SLC) are coming off 3-0 decisions over both Abilene Christian and Incarnate Word. After an unfortunate start to the SLC season, LU has turned into a tough out, picking up four of the last six conference matches, dropping a pair of tight decisions to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and defending conference champion Sam Houston State, which hold 8-1 and 7-1 SLC marks, respectively.

A big reason for the success has been the ignition of the Lady Cardinal offense, thanks in part to the play of Sierra Whittaker, who joined the school's prestigious 1,000 career kill club last week against UIW. The senior out of Houston ranks fifth in the conference in kills per set at 3.48. 

Cortney Moore and Chelsea Grant have also been big parts of the offense, averaging 2.39 and 1.43 kills, respectively, but the duo has also been a defensive force at the net, combining for 1.76 blocks per set. In last week's matches, Grant registered eight and Moore added six.

Alexa Johnson has also been vital to the LU attack, averaging 9.57 assists per set, which ranks seventh in the SLC.

Defensively, the Lady Cards have depended on the trio of Megan Schwartz, Erika Rojas and Molly Duge. Schwartz, who started out the season at libero before switching over to outside hitter, ranks 10th in the conference in digs at 3.83 per set. Rojas, who took over in her stead, averages 2.84, and Duge chips in 2.14.



Southeastern Louisiana and New Orleans enter the week at the bottom of the SLC standings. SLU currently holds a 7-14 record with a 1-8 conference mark, and UNO a game behind them at 3-19 and 0-9, respectively.

First serve on Thursday is set for 7 p.m.


The Last Meeting
Southeastern Louisiana3
October 23, 2012
McDonald Gym
Volleyball loses 3-1 to Southeastern Louisiana
BEAUMONT - After playing even through the first two sets on Tuesday night, the Lamar volleyball team dropped a pair of heartbreakers out of the break to fall 3-1 (19-25, 25-19, 24-26, 26-28) to visiting Southeastern Louisiana at McDonald Gym.

The Last Meeting
New Orleans0
August 28, 2012
McDonald Gym
Whittaker leads Lady Cards to home-opening win
BEAUMONT - Sierra Whittaker was looking to rebound from a 1-3 start to the season this past weekend and the junior responded emphatically, picking up 14 kills and hitting .400 to lead the Lamar volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-21) victory over visiting New Orleans in the home opener at McDonald Gym on Tuesday night.

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