LU Volleyball drops SLC match to Nicholls
BEAUMONT – Freshman Cortney Moore had one of her best outings in a Lamar jersey on Tuesday night, but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Cardinal volleyball team fell 3-2 (17-25, 25-19, 23-25, 25-16, 10-15) at McDonald Gym.
“Cortney has been incredible for us this season,” head coach Justin Gibert said. “She’s a great athlete and a great player, and I’m looking forward to watching her as time goes on. She’s only going to get better.”
Moore hit .333 with 12 kills, four aces and four blocks vs. the Colonels, but she was the focal point late, racking up five kills on just seven swings in the fourth set to force a decisive fifth.
Sierra Whittaker led the team in kills on the night with 19, and Madi Martin added nine to go along with her 41 assists. As a team, the Lady Cards had 57 kills to Nicholls’ 35 and out-hit the visitors from Thibodaux, La., .119 to .053.
Defensively, Martin led the team in blocks with six, and Wendy Krell had five. Kensey Camp tallied a match-best 25 digs, and Megan Schwartz registered 19.
After dropping the first set in 25-17 fashion, Lamar (9-15, 1-9 Southland) picked up six kills from Whittaker and never trailed en route to a 25-19 victory in set two to go into the break even for the third consecutive match.
The third set was the most dramatic as the Lady Cards saw their comeback effort fall just short. Trailing 17-9, LU slowly chipped away at the deficit, thanks in part to nine Nicholls errors. A Moore ace brought it within one at 23-22. However, a Jessica Addicks kill and a Camp attack error allowed the Colonels to hold on for the 25-23 win.
It looked like it was going to be a tight fourth set as well, but after Nicholls (8-13, 4-6 SLC) grabbed a slim 13-12 advantage, the Lady Cards rode a 9-1 run out to a commanding 21-14 lead, and Moore shut the door with a pair of kills and a block over the last four points to tie the match up a second time.
The momentum ultimately ran out in the fifth set. After Nicholls grabbed the early advantage, LU gradually worked back into the set, taking its first lead on a Moore service ace at 9-8. The Colonels had the answer, however, and closed the match on a 7-1 run to win 15-10.
Lamar will continue conference play later this week when they hit the road for Northwestern State and Stephen F. Austin.
Wednesday, April 23 2014, 10:23 AM CDT