LU sophomore Tomar Thomas goes up for a spike in Tuesday's first home game against Praire View A&M. The Lady Cards won the match 3-0.

LU sophomore Tomar Thomas goes up for a spike in Tuesday’s first home game against Praire View A&M. The Lady Cards won the match 3-0.

The Lamar women’s volleyball team finally returned to their home court, Tuesday. The Lady Cards had been on the road for nine consecutive games, canceling their Cardinal Classic tournament in September due to Hurricane Harvey. After losing eight of the nine away games, LU was ready for a win, and to be on their home court made it that much sweeter when they swept Prairie View A&M, 3-0, in the first match of a three-part home stand.

“It’s always good to be in McDonald Gym,” head coach Alan Edwards said. “The kids love it and it’s a great environment. It’s good for the freshman to have the opportunity to see what it’s like. That’s a special room. A lot of good things have happened for us in that room. We like being home.”

LU got off to a hot start in the first game, when they scored the first five points and never looked back, finishing 25-7. In the second set, the Lady Panthers rallied. Both teams went back and forth with neither team taking a lead by more than three points until a hit by sophomore Dannisha House gave LU a 16-12. The Lady Cards took the slight advantage and ran with it to take the set 25-21.

In the third set, the Panthers battled but were shutdown by an unrelenting LU force. The Lady Cards finished the game 25-10 and roared for their first home victory.

“A win’s a win,” Edwards said. “We wanted to be lower error tonight and we accomplished that. We wanted to really drive the ball through the middle of the court and we did that in the first set really, really well I thought.”

Murielle Hlavac, Lamar Univeristy Mansfield, Texas, junior spiking the ball during the first LU vs. Prarie View A&M home game of the season Tuesday, September 18th.

Murielle Hlavac, Lamar Univeristy Mansfield, Texas, junior spiking the ball during the first LU vs. Prarie View A&M home game of the season Tuesday, September 18th.

Lamar was led in kills by outside hitter Tomar Thomas. She had 10 kills against two errors and 16 total attempts. Behind Thomas was Dannisha House with seven kills, no errors and 12 total attempts. Outside hitters Murielle Hlavac and Ivette Dim finished the match with six kills each. Freshman Kaitlyn Nutt led the team in digs with 13, followed closely by senior Amy Hollowell with 10. House and Dim provided an unstoppable front at the net with two block assists each and no blocking errors.

As a team, the Lady Cardinals had a .282 attack percentage with a total of 31 kills, seven team blocks and only nine errors.

“We have felt like for a month that this team is on the verge of a breakthrough,” Edwards said. “Not that that would necessarily show up in terms of wins and losses, but we’re just right on the cusp of being a really good volleyball team.”

The win raises the team’s record to 2-8.

The Lady Cardinals will open Southland Conference play, tonight, at 7 p.m., against Northwestern State and end this home stand, Saturday, at 1 p.m., against Central Arkansas.

Story by Cassandra Jenkins, UP sports editor

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