LMU will open the 2012 NCAA Tournament with a first-round match against #17 Western Kentucky on Friday in Stanford, Calif.
LMU made the tournament for the first time since 2005.
LMU will play a pair of crucial matches in the Bay Area this week.
LMU will host #24 Pepperdine on Thursday before heading to Cal State Northridge on Saturday.
LMU will welcome Portland to LMU before traveling to BYU for a showdown with the No. 17 team in the nation.
Highlights of LMU Volleyball's Sweep of Saint Mary's on Senior Day
Highlights of LMU Volleyball Sweep of Pacific
Highlights from Match against #17 WKU in NCAA Tournament
Interview with Kenna Crouse prior to LMU's NCAA Tournament Opener
Head Coach Tom Black sits down to talk about the 2012 season.
Meagan Schmitt is in her third season working in the LMU volleyball program in 2013, and her second as a full-time assistant coach. Schmitt began her coaching career as the volunteer assistant for the Lions in 2011.
In her first year as a full-time assistant coach in 2012, Schmitt helped guide the Lions to its first NCAA Tournament selection since 2005. The Lions finished the year with an 18-13 overall record and an 8-8 mark in the WCC (sixth) to earn an at-large bid. Schmitt saw four LMU players earn All-WCC honors at the conclusion of the year, including Betsi Metter who took home her second WCC Defensive Player of the Year selection and an honorable mention bid.
Schmitt saw the 2011 squad finish 14-16 overall and sixth in the West Coast Conference at 7-9. Betsi Metter highlighted a trio of Lions lauded as part of the All-West Coast Conference selections, earning Defensive Player of the Year accolades and a spot on the All-WCC honorable mention team.
Schmitt finished her collegiate career in style, helping Cal cap off a record-setting season with a spot in the 2010 National Championship match and a No. 2 ranking in the AVCA's final poll. When the dust had settled, a squad the other nine Pac-10 coaches selected to finish fifth at the beginning of the season earned its first Pac-10 title and set a new mark for most wins in a single season at 30-4 and 15-3 in the Pac-10. A Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention selection, Schmitt played in 117 sets and all 34 matches for the Bears in 2010. She posted 250 digs at a rate of 2.14 per set while serving-up 18 aces to help her squad to the historic run.
As a junior, Schmitt appeared in all 32 matches and 119 sets for the Bears, earning Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention. She had nine matches with at least one service ace, and ranked fifth on the team in digs with 166, averaging 1.39 per set.
As a sophomore, Schmitt appeared in 32 matches and 105 sets for the Bears as a defensive specialist. She finished the year with 12 service aces and 106 digs. As a freshman, Schmitt participated in seven matches, notching two assists, two service aces and five digs on the year.
In high school, Schmitt was the 2006 Marin County Athletic League MVP as a senior at Redwood High School in Larkspur, Calif. She was selected 2007 Marin County Athletic All-League while helping her team to four-consecutive MCAL titles and the 2007 North Coast Section crown. On the club side, her Golden Bear club team placed ninth in the 2006 Junior Olympics National Division, and qualified for the Open Division at the 2007 Junior Olympics.
Schmitt graduated from Cal in 2011 with a major in American studies with an emphasis on education in America, and a minor in education.
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