Sand Volleyball

LMU Drops Match at USC, 5-0

Betsi Metter and Litara Keil recorded a victory on Saturday at USC.
Betsi Metter and Litara Keil recorded a victory on Saturday at USC.

April 2, 2012

SANTA MONICA, Calif. -

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The LMU women's sand volleyball team dropped a match at USC on Saturday by a count of 5-0, but the team of Litara Keil and Betsi Metter posted a victory in the quarterfinal round of the Pairs Championship. The USC duo of Sara Shaw-Geena Urango won the pairs championship at Santa Monica's Annenberg Community Beach House.

USC improved to 5-1, while Loyola Marymount dropped to 0-3. It was the Trojans' second sweep over the Lions in 2012, as the teams met earlier this month in the historic first-ever match for both schools in the new NCAA "emerging" sport.

USC did not drop a set in winning all five matches in the morning's team play, which was conducted in cool, misty weather. Troy's No. 4 team of Kendall Bateman-Sam Hirschmann got the first victory, 21-8, 21-10 over Amber Mirabello-Taylor Scioscia, with USC's No. 5 squad of Kati Duddridge-Megan Thornberry following soon thereafter with a 21-7, 21-11 win over Emily Cheek-Ellie Selleck. Shaw-Urango, playing as the No. 1 pair, then posted a 21-12, 22-20 win over Keil-Metter. Katie Fuller-Natalie Hagglund, USC's No. 3 team, then defeated Kenna Crouse-Ashley Maxfeldt, 21-17, 21-15, with Kirby Burnham-Kelly Irvin at the No. 2 spot finishing the sweep with a 21-16, 21-18 win over Felicia Arriola-Caitlin DeWitt.

In the afternoon's pairs tourney, which saw a bright sun break through the clouds midway through the play, Shaw-Urango swept Bateman-Hirschmann in the quarterfinals, 21-15, 21-17, and Fuller-Hagglund in the semifinals, 21-17, 21-17, before beating Burnham-Irvin in the final, 16-21, 21-14, 15-12, in the day's only three-set match.

LMU's only victory of the day came in the quarterfinals, when Keil-Metter beat Duddridge-Thornberry, 21-19, 22-20.

The Lions will return to action on April 14 when they begin play at the USAV Championships in Hermosa Beach, Calif.

TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP - USC 5, Loyola Marymount 0
1.) Sara Shaw-Geena Urango (USC) def. Litara Keil-Betsi Metter (LMU) 21-12, 22-20
2.) Kirby Burnham-Kelly Irvin (USC) def. Felicia Arriola-Caitlin DeWitt (LMU) 21-16, 21-18
3.) Katie Fuller-Natalie Hagglund (USC) def. Kenna Crouse-Ashley Maxfeldt (LMU) 21-17, 21-15
4.) Kendall Bateman-Sam Hirschmann (USC) def. Amber Mirabello-Taylor Scioscia (LMU) 21-8, 21-10
5.) Kati Duddridge-Megan Thornberry (USC) def. Emily Cheek-Ellie Selleck (LMU) 21-7, 21-11
Order of finish: 4, 5, 1, 3, 2

PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIP Play-In Matches
Bateman-Hirschmann (USC 4) def. Cheek-Selleck (LMU 5) 21-9, 21-6
Duddridge-Thornberry (USC 5) def. Mirabello-Scioscia (LMU 4) 21-8, 21-13

Quarterfinals
Fuller-Hagglund (USC 3) def. Arriola-DeWitt (LMU 2) 21-9, 21-16
Shaw-Urango (USC 1) def. Bateman-Hirschmann (USC 4) 21-15, 21-17
Keil-Metter (LMU 1) def. Duddridge-Thornberry (USC 5) 21-19, 22-20
Burnham-Irvin (USC 2) def. Crouse-Maxfeldt (LMU 3) 21-11, 21-14

Semifinals
Shaw-Urango (USC 1) def. Fuller-Hagglund (USC 3) 21-17, 21-17
Burnham-Irvin (USC 2) def. Keil-Metter (LMU 1) 22-20, 21-18

Final
Shaw-Urango (USC 1) def. Burnham-Irvin (USC 2) 16-21, 21-14, 15-12

 

 

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