The Lamar Community College volleyball team returned from the Wrangler Classic in Odessa, Texas, with another pair of victories.
The Lopes split on both Friday and Saturday, giving them a 2-2 record on the weekend, and 5-7 overall.
"All in all, it was a very good weekend for us," LCC head coach Dante Geoffrey said. "We won a match in three, which is never easy to do, and we won a match in five by two points, which is even harder to do."
Saturday morning's rubber match against Pratt was the highlight of the Lopes' trip. Lamar lost to Pratt on Sept. 2 at the OJC Classic in La Junta and beat them the following day in a rare back-to-back meeting.
The third and deciding match in the season series went the distance, and saw the Lopes gut out a 22-25, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21, 16-14 triumph.
"I joked with their coach (head coach Jenny Mueller) after the game, 'If we never play each other again, I'd be OK with that,'" Geoffrey said. "All three of our matches were incredibly hard-fought and stressful."
In the fifth set, Lamar trailed 8-11 and then faced match point down 13-14 before pulling out the victory. Freshman Monea Ortiz served the clinching ace to seal the win.
The freshmen duo of Star Hoskie and Katelyn Stegman shared Lamar's setting duties. Hoskie had 27 assists and 14 digs to go with six kills and three blocks, while Stegman had 16 assists, nine digs and three aces.
Freshman middle Taylor Almaguer had three kills and two blocks.
"We really had all facets of our game working that match," Geoffrey said. "They weren't always great all at the same time, but we saw that we can take care of business when the moment becomes big."
The win against the Beavers made it two in a row for the Lopes, who swept Garden City (25-22, 25-19, 26-24) Friday afternoon.
The Lopes were led in their victory by Hansen (12 kills, 1 error) and Hoskie (20 assists, six kills and six digs).
Almaguer had three kills and three blocks in the middle while Freyre (17 digs) and Bomfim (13 digs) bolstered the defense in the back row.
Bomfim also led Lamar with three service aces. Ortiz added two aces while sophomore Mya Yordan and Freyre had one each.
Yordan also dished out 14 assists to go with four digs. Graham chipped in eight kills and a block.
Lamar got off to a strong start in their first match of the tournament against Barton. The Lopes won the first set 25-22 but struggled when presented with a chance to win a second set and fell in four (23-25, 20-25, 12-25).
Hoskie was a Lope on a mission in the loss. The setter/opposite recorded Lamar's first triple-double of the season with 11 kills, 20 digs and approximately 20 assists. An error with the Lopes' stats program caused an incorrect total for Hoskie's assists, but it was comfortably greater than 10.
Hoskie's weekend performance earned her All-Tournament honors, as voted on by the coaches at the tournament.
"We had a few players who were in the running for the All-Tournament team, but only one from each school coule be picked," Geoffrey said. "Star is certainly a great choice. It's hard to argue against a triple-double. She really proved what an all-around player she is and can be."
Graham had 10 kills and Hansen had eight. Yordan added double-digit assists, 12 digs and four aces in another all-around performance.
Lamar wrapped up its lone Texas trip with a three-set loss at the hands of Seward County (20-25, 17-25, 18-25).
"That match was closer than the scores indicate. We were in position to win either, if not both, the first and second sets, but when they pushed back we didn't have the juice to fight them off," Geoffrey said. "That was a little frustrating, to end the weekend that way, but it's another important lesson for us."
Hoskie and Hansen had six kills each while Coin had five in the loss. Freyre was the only Lope with double-digit digs.
Stegman led Lamar with 13 assists, followed by Hoskie's 12.
The Lopes travel east on Friday for the Dodge City Invitational, where they will play Independence Community College, Trinidad State Junior College (non-conference), Cedar Valley College and Clarendon College.