LU volleyball falls short of Southland Conference Tournament

LU volleyball falls short of Southland Conference Tournament

Up 2-0 at the break, all Lamar University volleyball needed was one more set win to lock a spot in the Southland Conference Tournament, but Incarnate Word flipped the script at the intermission to down the hometown Cardinals 3-2 (25-21, 37-35, 20-25, 23-25, 11-15) at McDonald Gym on Nov. 19.

The loss and Southeastern Louisiana’s win over New Orleans eliminated the Cardinals from tournament contention.

Senior Chelsea Grant finished her career with 1,100 kills after she had 18 against Incarnate Word with a .222 attack mark. She served up one ace, four digs and a block. She’ll finish 18th all-time in the LU record books.

The Lady Cardinals season ends with a 6-22 record.

LU football

Senior Brendan Langley has been named Southland Conference Special Teams Player of the Week. Langley received the award for his efforts on the field during Lamar’s Nov. 12 game against Incarnate Word.

“Brendan is a very special player,” said Lamar University head coach Ray Woodard. “We’ve been able to see what he can do from his cornerback position all year, but he was freed up to make some plays Saturday night on special teams. It was a very special night for him, and I hate that his effort didn’t get a win,” added Woodard.

The Cardinals recorded three special teams touchdowns in the home loss last weekend to Incarnate Word, and Langley was responsible for two of them. After the Cardinals forced a stop on defense to start the second half, Langley fielded the ensuing punt on his own 10-yard line and returned it 90 yards for the score. The 90-yard return equaled the longest return in program history, a mark that had only been set two other times (Marcus Jackson in 2010 and Raymond Meyer in 1954).

Later in the second half, Langley proved the first return was no fluke. This time taking a punt on his own 25, he weaved his way through traffic for a 75-yard touchdown return. His second return of the night was the 10th-longest punt return in program history.

Langley finished the night with six returns for 206 yards and the two scores. He averaged 34.3 yards per return against the Cardinals. He shattered the previous single-game mark for punt return yards in a game by nearly 100 yards (118 set by Rondy Colbert in 1973), and in Saturday’s game alone was only 35 yards shy of making the school’s career top-10 list for punt return yards.

Langley becomes just one of five Cardinals to return two punts for a touchdown in a career (Kevin Johnson, Johnny Fuller, Rolbert and Johnny Ray Smith) and is one of two Cardinals (Johnson and Colbert) to have two returns for scores in the same season. Langley sits alone in the LU history books as the only Cardinal to record two punt returns for scores in the same game.

Lamar will end its season on the road Saturday, Nov. 19, when they travel to McNeese State at 6 p.m. McNeese leads the all-time series, 24-9-1.

Basketball

The Cards will play at Fresno State on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 1 p.m. and return home to host UTSA on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m.

The Lady Cards will play Sunday, Nov. 20, at Kansas State at 1 p.m. and host Northern Arizona on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m.

Golf

The Lamar University women’s golf family lost one of its greatest members this weekend as Dawn Coe-Jones passed away at the age of 56.

Coe-Jones, who earned first-team All-America status at LU in 1983, won the Canadian Amateur that year before embarking on a successful professional career, competing in the LPGA from 1984 through 2008. The native of Campbell Rover, British Columbia, won three times on the pro tour and amassed more than $3 million in earnings.

Known for her ever-present smile, quick-witted zingers and giving spirit, Coe-Jones was diagnosed in mid-March with dedifferentiated chondrosarcoma, an aggressive bone cancer that required full knee and partial tibia replacement surgery, according to the Legends Tour.

“I was deeply and abruptly saddened to hear the news about Dawn,” LU women’s golf coach Jessica Steward said. “Not because she was such a prominent alumna, but because she was a tremendous person. She seems to have touched everyone she met, and we are forever grateful for the mark she left on our women’s golf program.”

Coe-Jones was inducted into the Lamar University Athletics Department Hall of Honor in 1995 and the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 2003.

Retired LPGA player Gail Graham, a fellow Canadian, first met Coe-Jones her freshman year at LU and described her close friend as a reluctant leader.

“We called her ‘The Chief,’” Graham said. “She didn’t want to be the spokesperson, but she let us know what she wanted to do.”

Coe-Jones is survived by her husband, James Edward Jones, and son Jimmy Jones, 21, who is a member of the golf team at the University of South Florida.

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