Senior Haley Morton servers the ball in a game against SLU, Tuesday, in McDonald Gym.

Senior Haley Morton servers the ball in a game against SLU, Tuesday, in McDonald Gym.

Lamar University’s women’s volleyball team bounced back from dropping the first set to win a 3-1 match (25-13, 22-25, 21-25, 15-25) over Southeastern Louisiana, in McDonald Gym, Tuesday.

Sophomore Dannisha House hit the first dig of the night, but SLU pulled ahead doubling LU’s score at 12-6 and 20-10, eventually pulling away to take the set 25-13.

“We have a really bad habit of spending the first 20 minutes of the match deciding who we are going to be today,” head coach Alan Edwards said. “We talked about it during the break — the first set was a throw away. Once we settled in and played a little bit in the second set, I started to feel pretty good about it.”

Lamar returned in the second set ready to defend the home court. Outside hitter Ivette Dim set the team up with the first point. The Lady Cards started the second strongly by pulling ahead of the Lady Lions 6-4. SLU wasn’t going down without a fight as they struggled to re-tie the score at 8-8 and eventually regain the lead at 20-19. 

Both teams fought hard to finish the set, but two forced errors by SLU sealed the set for the Lady Cards.

Tied at one set each, House set the Lady Cards up for another win in the third set. Lamar took an early lead and never looked back as they finished 25-21. The last set was no contest as Lamar’s confidence shot up to finish the set 25-15 and the match 3-1.

“We were five aces and four errors in serving, but they just had some girls who could serve really well,” Edwards said. “I think we were really good on the outside tonight. Murielle Hlavac hit .258. Thomas hit .342 and made really good decisions, which is something with haven’t done.

“It’s also really good to see someone like Bre’Ala Box come around and start to have real input into what we are doing on the right side. She had a monstrous block at the end of the third set that really tipped what they we’re trying to do. All in all, it was a really good night.”

Junior Tomar Thomas led Lamar in kills with 16, followed by Dim with 12. Amy Hollowell led the squad in digs with 17 . As a team, Lamar had 7.5 total blocks, 56 kills, 60 digs and an attack percentage of .284.

The Lady Cardinals play Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, tonight, at 7 p.m.

Story by Cassandra Jenkins, UP sports editor

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