Victory Over #5 Hawai'i Highlights Latest Contests from Sand Volleyball
The LMU sand volleyball program has been busy over the last few weeks, posting its first undefeated day by beating #5 Hawai'i and Grand Canyon on March 23.
March 24, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
STORY COURTESY OF ETHAN DAVIS
The LMU sand volleyball program has been busy over the last few weeks, culminating in its first undefeated day in program history by beating #5 Hawai'i and Grand Canyon on March 23. The Lions took down Hawai'i by a score of 3-2 as LMU earned match victories at No. 1 (Felicia Arriola-Litara Keil), No. 4 (Avery Bush-Rachelle Suaava) and No. 5 (Ashley Maxfeldt-Anne Marie Taylor). With the overall match tied at 2-2, Arriola and Keil posted a 21-18, 21-17 victory at No. 1 to hand LMU the victory over the highly-touted Hawai'i team. The Lions completed the stellar day with a 4-1 victory over host Grand Canyon.
Prior to traveling to Grand Canyon, LMU competed on March 13 at Long Beach State, falling to the second-ranked 49ers. Three days later, the Lions traveled back to USC to compete once again against the No. 3 Women of Troy and new foe No. 6 UCLA Bruins whom both defeated the Lions by a score of 4-1. The Lions' sole victory against each top-10 program was captured by the team of Bush and Keil playing out of the No. 4 position. Bush and Keil defeated the teams of Sam Hirschmann and Natasa Siljkovic of USC (21-12, 21-16) and Karly Drolson and Karsta Lowe of UCLA (21-19, 21-11).
The next day the women's sand volleyball team would compete in a 16-team women's sand volleyball tournament hosted by USC at Merle Norman Stadium. UCLA would join both Loyola Marymount and USC. In the first round of competition, despite losing the first set of the match, Arriola and Keil defeated Sydney Seau and Alexa Stonish of USC (16-21, 21-17, 15-7) to advance to the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals, Arriola and Keil displayed great effort but eventually lost to USC's No. 2 of Katie Fuller and Cinnamon Sary (23-21, 21-12).
On March 20, the LMU Lions traveled to Irvine, Calif., to take on both Nebraska and host school Irvine Valley. Against Nebraska, the Lions would lose all five matches, but that did not hold them back as they recorded their first team victory of the season against Irvine Valley (4-1). In their building upon their success from the 16-team tournament, No.1 team Arriola and Keil defeated Irvine's No. 1 team of Annie Cook and Annie Mitchem (17-21, 22-20, 15-12).
Playing out of the No. 2 spot Kenna Crouse and Taylor Scioscia swept Becky Moodie and Lainey Hicks (21-18, 21-16). Following in their teammates' footsteps, the No. 5 team of Taylor and Maxfeldt swept Lauren Bender and Haley Whyte by a score of 21-10 and 21-12. Suaava and Bush, playing in the No. 4 spot, defeated Katherine Kolodziej and Emily Daily 21-18, 18-21 and 16-14. Despite losing to Irvine out of the No. 3 position, the team of Hannah Tedrow and Amber Mirabello put up a good fight as they lost 21-19, 18-21, and 15-7.
The sand volleyball team will return to action today when it plays Grand Canyon and Hawai'i for the second straight day.
Loyola Marymount 3, No. 5 Hawai'i 2
No. 1, Felicia Arriola-Litara Keil (LMU) def. Karlee Riggs-Alyssa Longo (UH) 21-18, 21-17
No. 2, Natasha Bell-Jane Croson (UH) def. Kenna Crouse-Taylor Scioscia (LMU) 21-7, 21-10
No. 3, Katie Spieler-Ginger Long (UH) def. Hannah Tedrow-Amber Mirabello (LMU) 21-13, 21-12
No. 4, Avery Bush-Rachelle Suaava (LMU) def. Ku'ulei Zalopany-Olivia Urban (UH), 10-21, 21-17, 15-10
No. 5, Ashley Maxfeldt-Annie Marie Taylor (LMU) def. Ashley Kastl-Tai Manu-Olevao (UH) 23-21, 22-20
Loyola Marymount 4, Grand Canyon 1
No. 1, Felicia Arriola-Litara Keil (LMU) def. Mackenzie Phelps-Shannon Dugan (GCU) 21-16, 21-14
No. 2, Kristen Johannsen-Sara Bowden (GCU) def. Kenna Crouse-Taylor Scioscia (LMU) 21-13, 12-21, 23-21
No. 3, Hannah Tedrow-Amber Mirabello (LMU) def. Caelen Hiller-Chloe Jenkins (GCU) 15-21, 21-17, 15-13
No. 4, Avery Bush-Rachelle Suaava (LMU) def. Jessica Posse-Megan Davis (GCU), 21-14, 21-10
No. 5, Ashley Maxfeldt-Annie Marie Taylor (LMU) def. Brittney Spackman-Courtney Spackman (GCU) 21-10, 21-10
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