Arriola-Keil Advance to Pairs Championship Bracket, Fall to LBSU Duo
LMU's team of Felicia Arriola and Litara Keil advanced out of Pool Play to the Championship round, but fell in the first round.
May 6, 2013
LMU's sand volleyball duo of Felicia Arriola and Litara Keil qualified for the Pairs Championship bracket based on its efforts in Pool Play at the 2013 AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championships last weekend, but the pair lost in the first round to a Long Beach duo that would eventually play for the National Championship.
The following summary of Pool Play was provided by Ashley Adams, Assistant Director of Compliance, as she accompanied the team to Gulf Shores, Ala.
On Friday, Keil and Arriola played Strausburg/Nyquist of Jacksonville, keeping their composure in the wind and pulling off a solid victory (23-21, 21-12). The pair then met UCLA's Nightingale/Strehlow immediately after, and picked up another great win (21-13, 21-19). "Their chemistry was awesome and they really frustrated UCLA," Adams said.
On Saturday, the sun was out, but the winds were crazy at around 20-25 MPH. Arriola and Keil played FIU (Stepanova/Sukareva) at 10 AM and dropped the match, but they kept it close in the second set (21-9, 21-16). FIU's duo went on to take the #1 seed in the pool. Later that day, LMU played St. Mary's in a back-and-forth match, but St. Mary's pulled off the win to take the #2 seed (21-17, 21-18), forcing LMU to participate in the play-in match. There, they squared-off against a pair from Lousiana-Monroe. Keil and Arriola came out strong and took the first set but, ULM battled back and took set two. With a berth in the Championship bracket on the line, LMU battled back from an early deficit to win the third set, 15-7.
Seeded 15th out of 16 teams, LMU was pitted against Long Beach State's Ledoux/Roenicke. While LMU played the match tough, Long Beach State eventually earned the first two sets, beating the Lions by scores of 21-13, 24-22. The LBSU duo would advance all the way to the Championship match, eventually being swept by top-seeded Burnham/Robinson of USC for the National Title.