Lions Fall in Tournament Championship to No. 11 UCLA
LMU was swept by No. 11 UCLA on Saturday night.
Aug. 27, 2011
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
The LMU volleyball team (2-1) was swept by No. 11 UCLA (3-0), 25-15, 25-21, 25-18, on Saturday night in the Championship Match of the Four Points by Sheraton LA Westside Invitational being hosted by LMU.
The Lions received nine kills on .438 hitting from freshman Litara Keil, but the team hit just .039 over the course of the match, due in large part to 12 team blocks from the Bruins. A normally effective squad from the service area, LMU managed just four aces while serving up 12 errors. Setter Olivia Bailey dished out a match-best 23 assists, while Lauren DeGrandmont had eight digs to lead the team in that category.
UCLA got a stellar Championship Match from Kelly Reeves, as Reeves posted 11 kills on 22 attacks for a .409 hitting percentage to go along with three block solos and one block assist. Lauren Van Orden set the offense to a .278 clip, passing out 22 assists while also collecting three kills on four attempts. Lainey Gera led the squad in digs with 10 while Tabi Love matched Reeves' output of three block solos.
The Lions came out strong by scoring the first four points of the match, but after playing to 8-7, UCLA won the next 10 straight points, spoiling both of LMU's timeouts and setting the table for the lopsided first-set victory. Bojana Todorovic held serve over the 10-0 run, while Reeves contributed five kills on eight attacks. The Bruins totaled six blocks in the set as the Lions hit -.233.
In the closest of the three sets, LMU hit .235 in the second set as Kenna Crouse and Keil each had four kills. Unfortunately for the Lions, they also served up six service errors en route to dropping the set. Rachael Kidder, Love, Zoe Nightingale and Reeves each had two kills in the second set for UCLA, with Love adding three blocks, including a pair of solos.
LMU once again came out swinging early in the third set, opening up a 3-1 lead, but again UCLA battled right back, evening the tally at four. Although the Lions never led after 6-6, they did stay within striking distance at three points as late as 20-17. UCLA would not let the Lions sneak away with a set, scoring five of the next six points, including kills from Love, Olivia Okoro and fittingly, Reeves, to end the match.
All-Tournament teams will be decided via coaches vote and a release will be posted on Monday.
The Lions hit the road for the first time this year when they travel to Oregon State for a tournament next weekend.
TOURNAMENT MVP: Bojana Todorovic, UCLA