Nov. 1, 2010
BEAUMONT -Sophomore Wendy Krell posted a career-best match in leading Lamar University to a pivotal volleyball victory over Nicholls last Thursday and was recognized for her strong play on Monday by being named the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
Krell recorded a career-high 25 kills as Lamar grabbed sole possession of second place in the SLC East Division with the 3-1 win over Nicholls. The 2009 SLC Freshman of the Year hit .541 for the match and added five block assists and three service aces.
"Wendy is really coming on strong late in the season and this was an example of that over the weekend," said LU head coach Justin Gibert. "We are starting to see the play that helped her get Freshman of the Year last year and she is playing really consistent for us."
Krell responded two days later with a strong outing against Southeastern Louisiana as Lamar rolled to a 3-0 victory. The Plano native finished the match with 11 kills on a .600 attack percentage, while also adding four service aces.
In conference play, Krell is ranked fourth in hitting at .353 and is second in service aces at 0.41 per set.
"Wendy was really strong last year at the service line and she is getting back to that form this season," noted Gibert. "She not only produces for us at the net, but is producing points for us from the service line. Not a lot of middle blockers in our league can do what she is doing."
Krell and the Lady Cardinals will face a stiff test on Thursday when they take on conference leader Central Arkansas at 7 p.m. Lamar will conclude its two-match road swing with a 4 p.m. match at Northwestern State on Saturday.