Sports briefs for Sunday
LAMAR WINS SECOND
BEAUMONT – The perfect record remained intact at McDonald Gym after the Lamar University volleyball team swept the day with a 3-0 win (25-10, 25-19, 25-16) over Jackson State Saturday morning and a 3-1 win (25-22, 25-23, 14-25, 26-24) over Tulane in the nightcap, which gave the Cardinals the championship from the Cardinal Classic, second tournament win this season.
Lamar (10-4) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the match against Tulane (5-6), but the Green Wave mounted a comeback in the third set and made forced the Cardinals to make plays in the fourth set. Neither team ever took a lead bigger that three in the fourth set (10-7, TU), but once it was tied at 13-13, it was boxing match and both teams continued to force sideouts and never allowed a run of more than two.
After a service error that gave the Green Wave a 21-20 lead, the Cardinals called a timeout. Out of the break, Autumn Taylor and Cortney Moore stuffed Tea Juric to tie it up at 21-21. Moore’s tough play down the stretch turned her already fabulous weekend into a tournament most valuable player nod, and she was joined by all-tournament teammates Chelsea Grant and Lauren Stahlman.
For the tournament, Grant and Moore led all players with .448 and .407 hitting percentages, respectively. Moore averaged 2.56 kills a set and both Taylor and Grant averaged 3.09 a set. Lauren Stahlman was dominant at the libero position with a 5.18 digs per set mark, the next closest player to her was Tulane’s Lisa Mordell (3.09). She only accounted for one reception error through all 11 sets played.
McNEESE STATE GETS
WIN OVER SFA
NACOGDOCHES (AP) — Daniel Sams rushed for 164 yards and one touchdown and threw for 134 yards and another score as McNeese State defeated Stephen F. Austin 28-14 in Southland Conference play on Saturday night.
Sams broke for a 76-yard touchdown run with 6:05 left in the fourth quarter to give McNeese State (2-0, 2-0 Southland Conference) a 28-14 advantage and seal the win.
Kent Shelby had seven catches for 81 yards and one touchdown for the Cowboys.
Trailing 7-0, Stephen F. Austin (0-3, 0-1) scored twice to lead 14-7 in the first quarter. The Cowboys took over in the second quarter, scoring 14 points for a 21-14 halftime advantage, and shut out the Lumberjacks for the rest of the game.
Stephen F. Austin’s Hunter Taylor threw for 187 yards and two touchdowns.
TEXAS SOUTH. RUNS PAST ARK. PINE-BLUFF
PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) — Darrell Robinson scored from 2-yards out midway through the third quarter and Eric Medina tacked on an insurance field goal with 1:34 left and Texas Southern topped Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 24-20 in a Southwestern Conference game Saturday night
Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-2, 0-1 SWAC) took a 10-0 lead and held a 13-7 advantage at intermission, but Robinson scored his first touchdown early in the second half to give Texas State a 14-13 lead.
Nicholas Woodfork scored less than a minute later to put the Golden Lions back on top, 20-14, but the Tigers (2-1, 1-1 SWAC) scored the final 10 points to secure the win.
Robinson finished with 16 carries for 57 yards and two touchdowns for Texas Southern while Johnathan Bowen was 12 of 24 for 178 yards and a touchdown.
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