(Lamar Athletics) BEAUMONT, Texas – After an interim season that saw a three-win improvement from the previous season, Lamar University Director of Athletics Marco Born has decided to remove the interim tag from head volleyball coach Michelle Kuester, as announced by the university on Wednesday.
"I'm very excited about the future of Lamar University volleyball under the direction of Coach Kuester," said Born. "She has earned this opportunity. We look forward to seeing what she will accomplish on the court."
Kuester completed her interim season on Nov. 10 with a dramatic 3-0 win over Southeastern Louisiana – the Cards dominating every set. Each of her five seniors – Tomar Thomas, Ivette Dim, Zahria Scott, Monica Strohschein, and Murielle Hlavac – contributed in a big way that evening to push Big Red over the edge.
Thomas led in kills with 10, hitting on a .227 attack percentage, and Dim was incredibly efficient in her eight kills - spiking at a .889 clip - while collecting two solo blocks in the middle. Scott, Hlavac, and Strohschein played through all three sets, accounting for a handful of service aces and several digs as well. Lamar also showed promise for the future - Abigale Nash recorded eight kills at a .333 percentage in her final freshman match, and Bre'Ala Box had eight kills and four blocks as a sophomore. Setter Alyssa Legette had 33 assists, a service ace, three digs, and a kill in her final rookie match as well.
Kuester led Lamar to several notable improvements in the 2018 season including three more wins than in 2017, two more Southland Conference wins, and the first winning season at McDonald Gymnasium since 2014. The upcoming 2019 season will be Kuester's first without the interim tag, her second as head coach of the volleyball program, and her third overall with the program – Kuester served as an assistant coach in 2017.