Ladies Denied Victory By Lamar, 3-1
Tuesday, October 26, 2004

BEAUMONT, Tex – Five Lady Cardinals recorded double-digit kills on Tuesday night as the Lamar volleyball team took a 3-1 victory over Centenary College by scores of 28-30, 32-30, 30-25 and 30-24.

The win snapped an eight-match losing streak for the Lady Cards, upping their overall record to 8-17 on the year.  Centenary lost for the third consecutive time and fell to 6-23 for the season.

The match opened with a tight first game which saw 13 ties and nine lead changes.  After trading points for much of the frame, Centenary opened a 26-20 lead after back-to-back kills by Emily Longerot.  Moments later, Shari Hicks helped fuel a 7-0 run with three kills, putting Lamar up 27-26.  Centenary responded with a 4-1 run to pull out the game one win 30-28.

The second game was equally tight, but Lamar used a late charge to regain the momentum.  Trailing 25-18, the Lady Cards strung together a 5-1 run to pull within three (26-23).  Back-to-back kills tied the score at 28-28 and the two teams then traded a pair of points.  Abel and Alisa Jackson followed with consecutive kills to give LU the 32-30 win.

A 7-1 start put the Lady Cardinals in front in game three, as Lamar held off all challenges while cruising to a 30-25 win.  Lamar found its offensive rhythm in the frame with 18 total kills and a .342 hitting percentage. LU concluded the match with another solid offensive effort, posting a single-game best .361 hitting percentage in game four. 

Centenary was led by Longerot with a match-high 18 kills and a team-high 22 digs.  Kelley Heckman added a double-double with 11 kills and 17 digs, while Tracee Byrd chipped in 14 kills and Ashley Templer added 12.  Lindsay Bekelja led the Ladies with a .571 hitting percentage to go with 51 assists and 14 digs.