Lady Cards set for another big weekend

GO CARDINALS <b>Chelsea Grant</b>
Chelsea Grant

Oct. 30, 2013

BEAUMONT – The Lamar volleyball team will be looking to get back on track this weekend after the Lady Cardinals saw their four-match winning streak halted, and this week should prove another serious test as conference-leading Central Arkansas and fourth-place Oral Roberts will make the trek to McDonald Gym.

The Lady Cards are in the hunt to solidify a spot in next month’s Southland Conference Tournament. LU is currently tied with McNeese for sixth in the league and sits just a game ahead of both Houston Baptist and Stephen F. Austin. The top eight teams will earn a bid to the conference’s premier volleyball event.

The Last Meeting
Central Arkansas3
November 1, 2012
McDonald Gym
Lady Cards fall 3-0 to UCA
BEAUMONT - The Lamar volleyball team didn't make it easy for visiting Central Arkansas Thursday evening, but the Sugar Bears seemed to find the answers late in each set en route to a 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-22) win over the Lady Cardinals at McDonald Gym.

The Last Meeting
Oral Roberts3
November 3, 2012
McDonald Gym
Volleyball falls on Senior Day
BEAUMONT - Lady Cardinal seniors accounted for 22 of the team's 34 kills on Saturday, but it was all for naught as the Lamar volleyball team fell 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-21) to Oral Roberts at McDonald Gym.

Central Arkansas currently boasts of a 20-3 record with a flawless 12-0 mark in Southland play. Oral Roberts is 17-5 and 9-3, respectively.

Sierra Whittaker will look to be a big part of the weekend once again. The senior, who surpassed the 1,000 career kill mark earlier this season, ranks among the conference kill leaders with 3.57 per set, a mark that increases to 3.67 in SLC matches. Cortney Moore has also been a major factor, averaging 2.56, and both Madi Martin and Chelsea Grant chip in just under 1.50 apiece.

Alexa Johnson was entrusted with running the offense this year, and the freshman out of Nebraska has held her own, averaging 8.86 assists per set, including 9.89 in SLC play.

Grant has also proven herself as defensive presence at the net, averaging 1.34 blocks per set in SLC play. Her 1.19 average overall is tied for 10th-best nationally among freshmen.

Megan Schwartz, who ranks among the league leaders in service aces, has been an even bigger presence in the floor defense, averaging a team-best 3.77 digs per set. Both Erika Rojas and Molly Duge have been important as well, turning in 2.94 and 2.14, respectively.

Thursday’s match against Central Arkansas is also important for other reasons as it marks the school’s annual Dig Pink match. Fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of the breast cancer prevention and awareness.

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




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