BEAUMONT, Texas - The Lamar Lady Cardinals set McDonald Gym on fire in the fifth set to defeat Houston Baptist (5-9/0-2 SLC), 3-2 (21-25, 25-20, 26-24, 23-25, 15-12) Thursday night in Beaumont. Led by Sierra Whittaker's match-high 21 kills, the Lady Cardinals overcame a heartbreaking loss in set four, an early deficit in the fifth set and a 20-minute fire alarm delay in the final set to pick up their second Southland Conference victory of the season. Lamar (4-11/2-2 SLC) has now won three of its last four matches.
"This is a big win for us," said head coach Justin Gibert. "We struggled in non-conference play, and we struggled against Sam (Houston State) early in conference play, but we turned around and got one against Nicholls. We really wanted to come out tonight and keep the momentum. We have some players beat up, and some playing out of position and you never know how they are going to react but tonight I thought we responded beautifully. More than anything we just needed the confidence of another win."
Lady Cardinals will host Texas A&M-CC on Saturday with the first serve at 1 pm.