Lions Sweep Past Albany, Mirabello Notches Eight Kills

Sophomore Amber Mirabello collected eight kills in a victory over Albany.

Aug 31, 2013

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The LMU women's volleyball team (2-0) recorded a second consecutive sweep on Saturday, taking down Albany (0-2) in straight sets by scores of 25-16, 25-21, 25-14 in Gersten Pavilion as part of the DoubleTree Los Angeles Westside Invitational.

Sophomore Amber Mirabello turned in a stellar performance after not appearing in the season-opener on Friday. Mirabello totaled eight kills on 13 swings with only two errors for a .462 hitting percentage. The Lions as a team hit .278, while Litara Keil and Felicia Arriola each contributed nine kills. Betsi Metter continued her solid serving, racking up four aces, including three straight in the final set, to total 10 over the first two matches of the year.

LMU took the first set in convincing fashion, posting a 25-16 victory behind four kills on six swings from Mirabello. The native of Palm Harbor, Fla. also had a pair of block assists, teaming with fellow sophomore Caitlin DeWitt, as the Lions held Albany to a -.143 clip in the opener. Utilizing a split setter in the first, the team of Ashley Maxfeldt and Hannah Tedrow finished with five and four assists, respectively. The Lions and Great Danes played even early, but LMU went on a five-point run from 4-4 to 9-4 en route to running away with the set.

The Lions improved their hitting percentage to .275 in the second set, but found themselves in a tighter battle as the Lions escaped with the 25-21 set victory. The period featured 14 tie scores and seven lead changes as the teams played even as late as 18-18. Arriola had three big kills down the stretch, including the final swing to put the set away, finishing with a match-best six kills on 15 swings in the second. In addition to posting 14 assists as LMU's setter in the second, Maxfeldt also contributed three kills of her own, with her third and final pushing LMU to set point at 24-20.

What proved to be the most lopsided of the sets certainly did not look that way early as LMU and Albany once again traded blows to 11-11. The Lions a short lead from there, but a 6-1 run to 20-14 forced a Great Dane timeout and put the match out of reach. LMU closed the contest on an 8-0 run, highlighted by three straight aces from Metter.

Action continues from the DoubleTree Los Angeles Westside Invitational at 4:30 when Albany and North Texas play their final match from Gersten. The Lions will return to action at 7 p.m. in the Tournament Championship against UCLA.




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