BEAUMONT – It was all even at the break between the Lamar volleyball team and New Orleans on Saturday afternoon, but the Lady Cardinals came out of the McDonald Gym locker room on fire in the third set to take home a 3-1 (25-21, 25-15, 25-18, 25-20) victory.
After hitting just .092 through the opening two frames, the Lady Cards out-hit the Privateers .424 to .141 over the final two sets to secure a fourth consecutive victory. The streak is the longest for an LU volleyball team since 2009, and it improves the team's record to 8-14 with a 6-4 mark in Southland play.
New Orleans dropped to 3-21 and 0-11 in conference.
Sierra Whittaker was the primary force behind the change, hammering down 11 of her team-best 15 kills over the finals two sets, and finishing the match with a .414 attack percentage. Cortney Moore was also impressive, finishing the day with 12 kills and five blocks, including four in the final frame.
Chelsea Grant hit .467 in the match with eight kills, but she was just as important defensively, adding five blocks.
Erika Rojas and Molly Duge controlled the floor defense, combining for 20 digs.
After falling 25-21 in the first set, Moore picked up four kills and a solo block to lead LU to a 25-15 second set victory. The Privateers fought back from an early 7-2 deficit to pull within one at 8-7, but Grant held serve over the course of an 8-0 run to hand the Lady Cards a 16-7 lead, which proved to be insurmountable.
A big run proved to be the difference in the third set as well as Whittaker picked up three over the course of an 11-1 run to take a 19-13 lead. The senior out of Houston finished with six kills on just seven swings in the frame, helping the Lady Cards out-hit the visitors from the Crescent City .500-.207.
The LU block came alive in the final stanza, posting seven blocks en route to a 25-20 victory. Grant and Moore were involved in all seven stops, as UNO hit an anemic .086 in the frame. Whittaker once again paced the offense with five kills, including the most important, shutting the door at 25-20.
The Lady Cards will return to action on Thursday at Northwestern State.
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