BEAUMONT – Chelsea Grant, Cortney Moore and Sierra Whittaker each posted double-digit kills on Saturday, but it wasn't enough as the Lamar volleyball team fell 3-1 (20-25, 21-25, 28-26, 15-25) to visiting Oral Roberts at McDonald Gym.
Moore led the team in kills with 11 and a pair of blocks, but Grant ended the match as the LU's highest scorer, registering 10 kills and a quintet of blocks. Whittaker also had 10 kills and two blocks. Sara Landis had eight kills, but as a team, LU was out-hit .234 to .138.
Ashley Ellis took on the role of setter, and dished out 34 assists.
Erika Rojas posted the team high in digs with 13, and Megan Schwartz was second with 11.
After dropping the opening two sets, the Lady Cards staged a dramatic comeback in the third to force the match to a fourth set. It looked as if the Golden Eagles were on the verge of running away with the frame after going up 19-7. Moore started to turn the tide with a kill, and an Autumn Taylor service ace cut the deficit to 10. Whittaker hammered down consecutive kills, and she would team up with Moore for a block just moments later to pull LU within six at 19-13.
The two sides each pulled off a three-point run, and then back-to-back service errors by Schwartz and ORU's Bruna Silva made it 23-17 in favor of the visitors from Tulsa. However, Ellis continued the ensuing four-point run with a service ace to pull the Lady Cards within two at 23-21 to force an ORU timeout.
Sadie Schaffner picked up a kill out of the timeout to force match point. Grant extended the match with a kill and Landis struck for two straight kills to tie it up at 24-24 and send the crowd at McDonald Gym into delirium. A Taylor kill gave LU its first set point, but McKenna Qualls tied it back up with a kill. Landis and Grant were big once again a moment later, but this time Pope provided the answer with a kill. However, Moore and Taylor combined for two consecutive kills to secure the 28-26 victory.
LU was not as fortunate in the fourth stanza as ORU ran out to an early lead, and it proved insurmountable as the Lady Cards fell 25-15.
Lamar will return to action on Thursday against Nicholls. First serve is slated for 7 p.m.
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