Nov. 2, 2011
BEAUMONT - Lamar University will look to complete a season sweep, and give head coach Justin Gibert his 100th career victory, when the Lady Cardinals host Northwestern State in Southland Conference volleyball action from McDonald Gym on Thursday night at 7.
Gibert is looking to become just the fourth head coach in school history to achieve the milestone. Katrinka Crawford is the all-time winningest coach in LU history with 335 wins, followed by Rosie Petty with 174 and Jim Barnes with 128.
Lamar is 8-19 on the year, and 6-6 in conference play which is second in the SLC East Division. The Lady Cardinals have four regular season matches remaining, all at home, as they look to qualify for the Southland Conference Tournament.
Northwestern State (8-17) lost in four sets at home to the Lady Cardinals on Oct. 13, and is 4-8 in Southland play.
In that meeting, LU's Sierra Whittaker led a solid offensive effort with 17 kills and a .382 attack percentage. Megan McStravick added 13 kills, while Cynthia McCollum finished with 10 kills and 14 digs. Angel Colyar led all players with 21 digs.
Northwestern got 21 kills from Stacey DiFrancesco in the match, but no other Lady Demon finished with more than nine.
Lamar enters Tuesday's match ranked fourth in the Southland Conference in team hitting percentage at .195, while Northwestern State is 12th at .123. The Lady Cards are seventh in kills at 12.22 per set and 10th in digs at 14.52 per set. NSU is averaging 11.40 kills and 15.11 digs per set.
Whittaker continues to lead Lamar's offensive effort with 3.20 kills per set which ranks sixth in the conference. McStravick is adding 2.48 kills per set and McCollum is chipping in with 2.03.
Defensively, Christina Hobbs
is pacing the Lady Cardinals in blocking with her 1.00 average per set to rank seventh in the SLC. Colyar is seventh in the conference in digs with a team-best 3.91 per set.
NSU is getting 3.63 kills per set from DiFrancesco which ranks second in the conference. The 5-foot-10 freshman outside hitter is also adding 2.83 digs per set to rank second on the team. Fellow freshman Kelly Jimenez is posting 2.67 kills per set, while libero Keelie Arneson leads the team with 4.79 digs per set.