NEW ORLEANS, La. --- Belmont (7-6) overcame a slow start to sweep Lamar (1-12) in straight sets in the opening match of the Kathy Trosclair Memorial tournament hosted by Tulane. The Bruins will meet Tulane in a 7 p.m. match this evening.
"Although we started slowly in game one, our players changed their focus and aggressiveness, and played at a different level throughout the rest of the match," said Head Coach Deane Webb.
Belmont got 15 kills from senior Maggie Johnson who hit a season high .464 in the win. The Bruins took set one, 25-17, set two, 25-12, and the final set 25-19. Belmont is now 6-1 in three set matches. The team was balanced offensively, with four players recording five or more digs. The Bruins also enjoyed another match of defensive balance, with four players with five digs or more, led by sophomore libero Jamie Lundstrom with 13. Belmont returned to form from the service line, posting six aces, with five different players recording at least one ace. The Bruins are currently ninth nationally in aces per set and lead the Atlantic Sun. Sophomore Allison McCoy led the way for Belmont with two aces, while the Bruins got one each from Johnson, sophomore Jen Myer, the nation's top server, sophomore Hannah Miranda, and Lundstrom.
"It was an interesting match, with there being fewer long rallies than what we are accustomed to this season," Webb said. Hannah did a nice job distributing our offense," Webb said. Miranda finished the match with 32 assists.
The Bruins will face host Tulane in a 7 p.m. match later Friday. The Green Wave are an even 4-4 coming into the match with Belmont. The two teams will be meeting each other for the first time in series history.
"Tulane will be a more physical team than we played this morning, and we will need to play at a high level to earn the win," Webb said.