The Wildcats began their three-game road trip with a loss to the Lamar Cardinals, which drops ACU to 6-4 in conference and 7-18 on the season. Lamar improves to 4-4 in the Southland and 4-16 overall.
ACU could not bring any momentum from its two-game winning streak, on the road with them, as they dropped the game in three straight sets by the scores of 25-21, 25-20, and 25-20. Lamar was able to take control from the start in the first set and never took its foot off the gas as they rolled to an easy win.
In the second set, the Cardinals used five straight points to take a 9-5 lead and separate themselves from ACU, as the Wildcats were never able to catch up as they dropped the second set. The Wildcats would show signs of life in the third set, as they got up to their biggest lead on the night with a four-point lead at 13-9 midway through the set. After a couple of back and forth points, Lamar went on a 7-1 run to take a 20-17 lead. ACU would not go down without a fight though as they cut the lead down to one, but were unable to make anything of it as the Cardinals would seal the victory with a 4-0 run, started by back-to-back blocks.
Lamar led the game in every statistic, except for aces in which the Wildcats were able to tie the Cardinals at five apiece. Lamar was able to post a .259 hitting percentage compared to ACU’s .117 on the night. The Wildcats were hurt by their number of errors as they had 22 throughout the game. The Cardinals were able to keep their errors much lower at 14.
The Wildcats have this weekend off as they prepare to head back to the road next Thursday to play against Northwestern St. in Natchitoches, La., before ending their road portion of their schedule in Conway, Ark. to compete against Central Arkansas on Saturday.