Lions Climb Rankings Following Weekend in Arizona

March 7, 2018

After a weekend where it went 2-2, including a victory over then-#10 Arizona on the road, LMU beach volleyball (4-2) has climbed to #15 in the latest DiG Volleyball Magazine Poll. The Lions are also #17 in the current AVCA Beach Poll.

In addition to the victory over Arizona, LMU beat New Mexico, but fell to #11 Grand Canyon and #19 Washington.

The Lions have a pair of tough matches coming up on Thursday, as they will play Hawai'i (3-1) and UCLA (5-3) at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. The Lions and Hawai'i will meet at Noon before the 2 p.m. match against the host Bruins.

UCLA is ranked #5 in the DiG Poll, but #4 according to the AVCA. Hawai'i is #2 in the DiG Poll and #3 in the AVCA rankings.

LMU vs Arizona (Mar 03, 2018)
#17 LMU 4, #10 Arizona 1
Mar 03, 2018 at Tucson, Ariz. (University of Arizona)
Doubles competition

1. Natalie Anselmo/Olivia Macdonald (ARIZ) def. Savannah Slattery/McKayla Ferris (LMU) 12-21, 21-16, 15-13
2. Sara Kovac/Jessie Prichard (LMU) def. Kacey Nady/Olivia Hallaran (ARIZ) 21-15, 21-11
3. Veronica Nederend/Maddie Leiphardt (LMU) def. Mia Mason/Brooke Burling (ARIZ) 17-21, 21-19, 22-20
4. Kekai Whitford/Chloe Reinig (LMU) def. Makenna Martin/Hailey Devlin (ARIZ) 21-18, 21-16
5. Bozena Culo/Emma Doud (LMU) def. Jonny Baham/Caroline Cordes (ARIZ) 21-17, 21-16
Ext. Cierra Simpson/Kristen Castellanos (LMU) def. Jaclyn Inclan/Sara Watanabe (ARIZ) 21-18, 21-7

Match Notes
LMU 4-1; National ranking #17
Arizona 5-1; National ranking #10
Order of finish: Doubles (4,5,2,1,3);
LMU ranked #17 according to DiG Magazine; #20 according to AVCA
Arizona ranked #10 according to DiG Magazine & AVCA

LMU vs Grand Canyon University (Mar 03, 2018)
#12 Grand Canyon University 4, #17 LMU 1
Mar 03, 2018 at Phoenix, Ariz. (Beach Volleyball Stadium)
Doubles competition

1. Kelli Iverson/Molly Turner (GCU) def. Savannah Slattery/McKayla Ferris (LMU) 21-9, 15-21, 15-9
2. Hannah Towne/Taylor Jarzombek (GCU) def. Jessie Prichard/Sara Kovac (LMU) 22-24, 21-15, 15-12
3. Katie Pyles/Jessica Clark (GCU) def. Veronica Nederend/Maddie Leiphardt (LMU) 21-14, 21-9
4. Kekai Whitford/Chloe Reinig (LMU) def. Natalie Honzovicova/Bella Bauman (GCU) 19-21, 21-12, 15-13
5. Emily Reinking/Jamie Walsh (GCU) def. Bozena Culo/Emma Doud (LMU) 21-14, 21-13
Ext. Madi Relaz/Katie Sarber (GCU) def. Cierra Simpson/Kristen Castellanos (LMU) 21-10, 21-15

 

 

Match Notes
LMU 4-2; National ranking #17
Grand Canyon University 2-4; National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (5,4,3,2,1);
LMU ranked #17 according to DiG Magazine; #20 according to AVCA
Grand Canyon ranked #12 according to AVCA

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