Lady Cards win the Lamar Invitational volleyball tournament

Lady Cards volleyball team

Junior Chelsea Grant of Killeen was named the Southland Conference’s Player of the Week on Aug. 31. Grant helped the Lady Cards win the Lamar Invitational volleyball tournament last weekend, defeating Texas Southern (3-1), UAB (3-0) and Marist (3-0).

She led all tournament players in blocks (15) and blocks per set (1.5), and totaled 29 blocks to earn Tournament MVP honors.

LU dropped their first match of the season Sept. 1 with a 3-1 loss at Rice University.

“I was happy with the way we played in the first set,” said head coach Alan Edwards. “We played very tough and stayed in system through all of it.”

For the entire match, Lamar served up three aces, but it also served 15 errors. Only three of the service errors were in the first set.

“We’ll get there, just not there yet. We spend a lot of time talking about how great teams make adjustments,” he said. “It’s a process, and tonight was just one more step in the process. When you’re playing a team like Rice with a really high volleyball I.Q. and team that’s able to handle pressure situations, you have to play smart.”

The Lady Cards (3-1) will travel to San Marcos this weekend to play in the Delta Zeta Classic at Texas State. Lamar will play four matches beginning Friday, Sept. 4 with Indiana (10 a.m.) and Texas State (7 p.m.). They will wrap up the tournament with two games on Saturday, Sept. 5 with Prairie View A&M (11 a.m.) and Texas Southern (6 p.m.). 

Football

The 2015 football season begins Saturday, Sept. 5, for the Lamar Cardinals as they host Bacone College at 7 p.m. Bacone is a NAIA-affiliated school in Muskogee, Oklahoma, that finished 0-11 last season. This will be the second meeting between the Cardinals and Warriors; Lamar defeated Bacone 53-0 in 2013.

Quarterback play for Lamar is as an either/or scenario between transfers Joe Minden and Carson Earp, with a third transfer, Blake McKenzie, listed behind the other two.

“We have not named a starter at quarterback,” said head coach Ray Woodard. “We listed both Joe and Carson there intentionally. At this point, I’m not sure who I’m going to start. It doesn’t matter who goes out for the first series because you will see the other one shortly after. We also plan to get McKenzie in the game. We will alert the team which quarterback will take the field first at the appropriate time, but we don’t plan on making that public,” added Woodard.

Soccer

Lamar soccer (2-0) shut out Texas Southern 5-0 on Aug. 28 and LSU-Alexandria 6-0 on Aug. 30, both at home.

In the win over Texas Southern, freshman Jordan Mulnix tied a school record with three goals joining Lisa Hance and Kimmy Albeno.

“I talked to Jordan before the game and told her she had to stop being so timid,” said head coach Orlando Cervantes. “She’s got a great finishing touch, and she showed that tonight. Hopefully, this shows her that she can play at this level.”

Mari Olastuen had a goal and an assist for LU, while Morgan Burden also scored for the Cardinals, who broke through on offense after being shut out in their first two games of the season.

Sophomore goalie Lisa Lovejoy had seven saves.

In the 6-0 rout of LSU-Alexandria, freshman Juliana Ocampo netted two goals for Lamar while Mulnix added a goal and two assists. Alexus Aviles, Patricia Lauritzen and Jennifer Yacuta had one goal apiece for the Cardinals.

Lamar (2-2) will travel west for the next two games, facing UTEP on Sept. 4 at 8 p.m. and New Mexico State on Sept. 6 at 2 p.m.

“We have a lot of young players who are very talented,” Cervantes said. “They’re starting to believe in themselves and learning that they can compete at this level.”

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