#12 UCLA Bests Lions in Four
LMU won the first set of the Tournament Championship match on Sunday, but could not record the victory.
Aug 31, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
The LMU volleyball team (2-1) took the first set over #12 UCLA (3-0) on Saturday in the Tournament Championship match of the DoubleTree Los Angeles Westside Invitational, but the Lions could not move forward from there, dropping a thrilling four-set match to the Bruins by scores of 14-25, 25-16, 25-18, 25-23.
Senior Betsi Metter collected four more aces in the loss, running her total to 14 over the first three matches. The native of Phoenix, Ariz. had six against North Texas in the season-opener before posting four against Albany and UCLA. She now has 130 in her career, sitting fourth in the LMU record book. LMU managed eight aces on the night, including two from Hannah Tedrow. Tedrow set the Lion offense to a .224 hitting percentage, dishing out 33 assists.
UCLA's Karsta Lowe led the Bruins to the victory, notching 23 kills on 35 attacks with only five errors for a .514 hitting percentage. The Bruins hit .293 as a team, including .414 in the second set and .483 in the third. Senior Kelly Reeves collected her first double-double of the year, teaming 11 kills with 14 digs.
LMU's offense was led by the trio of Caitlin DeWitt, Kathleen Luft and Ayana Whitaker. DeWitt totaled 12 kills on 23 swings for a .304 hitting percentage, teaming that mark with five block assists to guide LMU to nine team blocks. Luft had 11 kills and six digs, while Whitaker posted 10 kills on 20 attacks with three errors for a .350 hitting percentage.
The two teams played to 21 tie scores and 10 lead changes, including 12 ties and six lead changes in the decisive fourth set. LMU took the first set behind a balanced attack that led to a .292 hitting percentage. LMU also managed to hold UCLA to a .083 clip in the opener, but the Bruins found their groove in the second and third behind the solid play of Lowe. Lowe collected just three kills in the first, but responded for five in the second, seven in the third and eight in the final period.
LMU will return to action on Thursday when it opens a tournament at University of Texas - San Antonio. The Lions draw Texas A&M in the opening match at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday.