BEAUMONT, Texas - Wrapping up the home slate for the month of October, Lamar University's volleyball team hosted Stephen F. Austin on Saturday in the McDonald Gymnasium. The three-set match went in favor of the Ladyjacks.
Bre'Ala Box and Tomar Thomas continued to lead the offensive effort with eight kills apiece, and Kyla Rogers dealt out 22 of the 24 Cardinal assists. Thomas also led defensively with nine digs, and Ivette Dim led in blocks with three total.
A fast start for SFA hampered Lamar's chances in the first set - the Ladyjacks led 6-0 out of the gate and maintained a six-point advantage through most of the game. That advantage grew to as much as 13, 24-11, and though Big Red held off set point for the next three Jack chances, Stephen F. Austin won the set 25-14.A 6-0 run to open the second set again gave Lamar a mountain to climb to get back in the set, but this time the Cards fought back into it, capturing seven of the next eight points to tie the set at 7-7. SFA would retake the lead on the next point, and though the Cards remained competitive for most of the set, a 5-0 run from the Ladyjacks put the game out of reach. SFA won the set 25-17.
Lamar came out of the break guns blazing, jumping out to a 7-2 lead. SFA fought back to pull within three, 9-6, but Lamar answered with a 3-0 run of its own, leading 12-6. The Cards continued to lead at 14-9, but five consecutive points for the Ladyjacks gave Stephen F. Austin a 15-14 lead. Lamar tied the set and even took a 17-16 lead, but SFA buckled down and closed out the set with a 9-1 run, winning the game 25-18 and the match 3-0.
The Cards return to the road Oct. 30 to play at McNeese and close out their road schedule Nov. 1 at UIW. Home matches against Northwestern State and Southeastern Louisiana will close out the year.