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SAN ANTONIO- The University of the Incarnate Word women's volleyball team will stay at home this weekend to host Lamar for a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion night on Thursday (10/27) and Texas A&M – Commerce for a Dig Pink Day Saturday (10/29) afternoon.
Thu Oct 27, 2022

SAN ANTONIO- The University of the Incarnate Word women's volleyball team will stay at home this weekend to host Lamar for a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion night on Thursday (10/27) and Texas A&M – Commerce for a Dig Pink Day Saturday (10/29) afternoon.  

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THE LAST TIME THEY MET  

Lamar (UIW 3-0) 

Less than a month ago, the Cardinals met up in Beaumont, Texas to battle it out for the first Southland Conference matchup. UIW went home with the win in three sets. 

UIW held complete control the entire game as they broke out to a five-point lead for the first points of the first set. The Beaumont Cardinals got close and tied the game, but a kill by Kade Thomas sealed the deal for UIW (25-21). 

The second set was the closest of the match until Risa Sena sent a kill deep into Lamar territory. That kill ignited a 12-2 run for UIW who ultimately took the set, 25-13. UIW went into the third riding high on the moment they built from the first two sets and put down one of their best offensive performances of the year. They won the third, 25-14, to win the match 3-0.  

Kyla Malone led the Cardinals with 12 kills, two blocks, and an ace. Annamarie Alvarez followed right behind her also tallying two blocks with 11 kills. UIW notched seven aces throughout the whole game with Taylor Stoops accounting for three, Thomas with two, and Sena with one. 

TAMUC (UIW 1-3) 

In the last match between these two foes, the Lions won the nailbiter of a match. 

After losing the first set 14-25, the Cardinals came back with much needed energy in the second. Sena laid down two kills for the Cardinals as Stoops served an ace for the Cardinals to open up a 3-0 lead. As points were traded back and forth, the Lions caught up to the Cardinals to tie the game. After suffering a service error at a crucial moment in the match, TAMUC lost momentum and UIW took over. The game was so close they pushed the set into extra points as the Cardinals won 26-24. 

The Lions took early leads in the third and fourth sets that propelled them to win the match 3-1. For UIW, Sena led the team with 11 kills. Alvarez had eight and Palmi contributed seven. Audrey Patton and Stoops held the defense for the Cardinals as Patton recorded 21 digs and Stoops had 10. In addition to her defensive statistics, Stoops tallied 29 assists on the game. 

UIW (5-16) 

The Cardinals have found their stride in peak time getting into the end of conference play. They've won two out of their last three matches and have outscored their opponents by an average of seven points.  

Offensively, the Cardinals are leaning on a lot of talented hitters. Alvarez has tallied an impressive 172 kills while Sena (166) and Malone (145) are sitting closely behind her. Jacqueline Arrington has been the most consistent all-around player for the Cardinals, averaging at least a block and a kill per set. She leads UIW with 70 blocks on the season and is ranked fourth in the Southland with a hitting percentage of .304.  

As we've seen all year, Stoops is still a threat on the serve, leading the SLC in aces per set (.46) with 72 total. In addition to her serves, she's also accounted for 583 of UIW's 835 assist and is averaging about eight assists per set.  

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