Lady Cards roar back to tame SE Lousiana Lions


BEAUMONT, Texas –The Lamar University Cardinals, behind 16 kills from Tomar Thomas and 17 digs from Amy Hollowell, rebounded from a slow start to claim their first Southland Conference women’s volleyball victory of the season, a 3-1 decision over visiting Southeastern Louisiana at McDonald Gym on Tuesday night.

The Cardinals (3-12 overall, 1-4 Southland) dropped the first set by a 25-13 score before roaring back to take the next three sets by scores of 25-22, 25-21 and 25-15.

“In the past, we were a team that if we lost the first set like that, we’d lose the second set like that before fighting hard in the third set,” LU coach Alan Edwards said. “We knew we were better than we showed in the first set, and we came out and proved it over the next three sets.”

The Cardinals had four players in double figures in kills. In addition to the 16 by Thomas, LU received double-digit efforts from Ivette Dim (12 kills), Murielle Hlavac (11 kills) and Bre’Ala Box (10 kills).

“Tomar and Murielle were rolling tonight,” Edwards said. Murielle came up with some big kills.”

The Cardinals also turned in a solid defensive game. LU collected 60 digs, led by Hollowell’s 17 and 12 from Haley Morton. Morton finished the night with a double-double, adding 46 assists to her 12 digs.

“There are a lot of things that we’re doing better now than we did at the start of conference play,” Edwards said. “We were much better when it came to serves with only five errors. There are some things to work on, but I see us continuing to get better.”

Southeastern Louisiana (2-18, 0-6) came out on fire in the first set, hitting .458 to roll to an easy win in the opening set. LU’s defense stiffened after that, as the Lions hit no better than .163 in any set the rest of the way, finishing the night with a .199 hitting percentage.

Savannah Alcazar led the Lady Lions with 12 kills.

The Cardinals look to build off Tuesday’s win as they embark on a two-match road swing. LU is at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 7 p.m. Thursday before heading to Incarnate Word for a match at 11 a.m. Saturday.

“Getting this win is good,” Edwards said. “Now we have to get some on the road.”

Following this weekend’s road trip, the Cardinals return home to host three straight Southland Conference matches. New Orleans is at LU at 7 p.m. Oct. 17, Nicholls provides the opposition at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 and McNeese comes to McDonald Gym at 1 p.m. Oct. 21.

For tickets for all LU home matches, please call 409-880-1715, or visit Tickets are also available at the Montagne Center ticket office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Tickets are available at McDonald Gym one hour prior to first serve. LU students receive free admission with their Cardinal One card, while Junior Cardinal Club members are admitted free when they present their membership badge.

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