CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Lamar University volleyball team suffered its third-straight loss after a 3-0 (22-25, 24-26, 20-25) loss to defending league champion Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at the Dugan Wellness Center Saturday afternoon in Southland Conference action.
The Cardinals (3-16, 3-4 Southland Conference) forced the Islanders (13-7, 8-0) to go to 26 points to win the second set. That set had 17 tied scores and six lead changes. The last lead for the Cardinals was 24-23 when Morgan Carlson hit into a service error. Corpus won the set on three-straight kills from Claire Karsten, Kristyn Nicholson and Brittany Gilpan.
Lamar had an 18-15 lead in the second, largely on a five-point run from it. A service error made it 15-15 and Ivette Dim dropped in a service error to make it 16-15. Chelsea Grant, who recorded her 14th double-figure kills match, hit into a kill that made it 17-15 and the final point of the run was an attack error from Madison Fitzsimmons.
Despite the run, the Islanders were able to jump back on top with a five-point run themselves.
The first set was a hard-nosed battle with 11 ties and four lead changes. The Cardinals held the lead as late as 22-21, but two kills from Fitzsimmnons and Karsten and blocks from the two of them and Carlson gave the Corpus Christi a 25-22 victory.
Grant led the match with 13 kills, and had a .250 attack percentage. Dim, who led LU with a .435 attack mark, followed Grant with 11 kills. Dim only had one error in the match and was in on five of Lamar’s eight blocks. Dannisha House and Tomar Thomas each added five kills in the match.
Haley Morton had her four-match double-double streak snapped. She finished with 32 assists in the contest and five digs. Libero Carlyn Stella had 12 digs in the match.
As a team, Lamar hit for a .191 attack mark and 39 total kills. Corpus was able to hit for a team .270 attack percentage, led by a .625 mark from Morgan Williams. It’s top hitter Gilpin on 11 kills.
Lamar was able to get close to its goal of 17 points per set earned. The 50 total points averaged to 16.7 a set, but it allowed Corpus Christi to average 20.
The Cardinals return home for a brief, one-game stand against Abilene Christian on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in McDonald Gym. After, LU will head to Nicholls for a Thursday contest and McNeese for a Saturday matchup.
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