Lopes win streak ends at 7

Lopes win streak ends at 7

The Lamar Community College volleyball team extended its season-best win streak to seven games before falling in the final match of the Junior Cougar Invite over the weekend.

The Lopes (12-8) beat the host Cougars, Adams State JV and split with Dodge City to finish 3-1 at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood.

Saturday morning's win over Colorado Christian JV gave the Lopes seven straight wins, a streak snapped by Dodge City in a four-set afternoon loss.

"We're disappointed we couldn't finish another undefeated weekend, but we're very proud of what we've accomplished the last two road trips," LCC head coach Dante Geoffrey said. "We were dealing with an array of injuries and played without a few players who had been consistent contributors for us, but still found a way to compete each match, even in the loss to Dodge."

Lamar opened the tournament with a 25-19, 25-10, 28-26 win against the Conquistadors, who turned around and defeated the Lopes 26-24, 21-25, 29-31, 23-25 on Saturday.

"It was a tough loss in the moment, and there were definitely some things we did that were out of character for us, but all in all we can't get too down on ourselves," Geoffrey said. "We had set point in the third, and lost by two again in the fourth. Despite everything, we were right there."

Sophomore Larissa Francisco led the Lopes with 18 kills (.467 hitting efficiency) in Friday's win.

Freshman Star Hoskie had a team-high 23 assists to go with eight kills (.571 hitting efficiency), six digs and three aces.

Sophomore Mya Yordan had 19 assists, six digs and three kills on three attempts.

Sophomore libero Andreia Bomfim had 20 digs. Freshman middle Christina Potter added five.

Freshman Deziree Alexander had seven kills while sophomore Tanaia Hansen had six.

Lamar hit .371 in the win against Dodge, but just .099 in the next day's loss.

"Our offense was clicking on all cylinders Friday, but was just very disjointed on Saturday," Geoffrey said. "The focus that had helped us to a pair of sweeps was absent."

Francisco again led the Lopes with 14 kills, Hoskie followed with eight, freshman Taylor Almaguer had six, Hansen had five and freshmen Kyndra Konig and Potter each had four.

Yordan led with 25 assists, Hoskie had 12 and freshman Katelyn Stegman added 11.

Bomfim picked up nearly everything in the back row with a season-high 30 digs. She also scored one ace.

Freshman Fabi Freyre had 16 digs and three aces and freshman Monea Ortiz had 19 digs and one ace. Francisco had 19 digs, Yordan had 12 and Potter added five.

Friday's sweep against Adams State JV (25-12, 25-11, 25-15) saw eight Lopes record kills, including eight each from Yordan and Hoskie, six from freshman Michelle Batista and five from Alexander.

Ortiz led with 14 digs, followed by six from sophomore Jordan Isom and five from Hoskie.

Hoskie dished out 12 assists, Yordan had nine and Stegman added seven.

Lamar's third sweep in a row, a 25-16, 25-23, 25-20 win against Colorado Christian JV, came thanks to a season-high 69 digs (for a three-set match).

Bomfim's 28 paced the Lopes, who got eight digs each from Freyre and Oritz, seven from Hoskie, six from Francisco and four from Yordan.

Francisco and Hansen had 10 kills each, Hoskie had seven and Batista and Alexander each finished with four.

Hoskie had 26 assists and Yordan had 13.

The Lopes will enjoy a longer week and shorter weekend as they prepare for Region IX-South play, which starts Oct. 6.

Lamar travels to Alamosa for another match against Adams State JV on Saturday.