Sept. 5, 2011
CORVALLIS, Ore. -
The LMU volleyball team (4-2) swept Cal State Bakersfield (1-5) on Monday morning by scores of 25-15, 25-16, 25-18 to close their portion of tournament play at the Active Ankle Challenge being hosted by Oregon State over the holiday weekend. With the victory, LMU took both neutral site matches on the weekend, improving to 35-8 (.814) on neutral ground over the last 11 seasons.
Litara Keil led the way for the Lions on Monday, collecting 13 kills on just 18 attacks for a .667 hitting percentage. The freshman also managed a pair of block assists to guide LMU on the block. As usual, senior Jasmine Rankins also proved vital for the LMU attack, notching 11 kills and a service ace. Olivia Bailey set the Lion offense, which hit .364 as a team, dishing-out a match-best 27 assists. Sophomore Betsi Metter easily outdistanced all players in digs, collecting 18 over the three sets.
Cal State Bakersfield managed just a .169 hitting percentage, led by Haleigh Haratyk with 12 kills on 35 attacks. Danielle Gong and Lisa Bartsch set the Roadrunner offense, passing out 14 and 11 assists, respectively.
LMU held Cal State Bakersfield to a .000 hitting percentage in the first set while hitting .286 in its own right. The Lions received six kills on eight attacks from Keil in the opener, while Kenna Crouse and Rankins each had three. Although LMU eventually took the set, it was CSUB that scored the first six points, racing out to a 6-0 lead. The Bakersfield lead held strong to 8-4, but LMU went on a five-point run of its own to take a 9-8 lead. After trading blows to 10-10, LMU won 11 of the next 15 points to earn a commanding 21-14 advantage, capped by a Keil kill. CSUB managed just one more point as the Lions closed the set on a 15-5 run en route to a 25-15 victory.
LMU turned in a stellar hitting percentage in the second, connecting at a .448 clip with 15 kills and just two errors on 29 attacks. Rankins led the way with five kills on nine attacks, while Keil and Alyse Hensley
each had three kills. Bakersfield once again hit for a low percentage, managing just a .167 clip en route to falling 25-16. After Bakersfield scored the first point of the set, LMU got back to even at one and never trailed from that point forward. LMU earned an early 8-2 advantage on a Keil kill, but the Roadrunners scratched back within two at 12-10. LMU righted the ship from there, scoring five unanswered points to open-up a 17-10 advantage. Crouse picked an opportune time to collect her two kills in the set, posting LMU's 24th and 25th points of the period to hand the Lions the 2-0 match lead headed into the break.
Despite nearly doubling its hitting percentage to .333 in the third set, Cal State Bakersfield saw LMU hit .355 en route to a 25-18 third set victory and a sweep of the match. Keil was a perfect 4-for-4 in attacks in the final set, while Rankins collected three kills and just one error on six swings. The Lion serving game also picked up in the period as LMU posted a pair of aces to accompany a match-high 17 digs. Haratyk did her best to try to force a fourth set for the Roadrunners, posting a .500 hitting percentage with seven kills. LMU never trailed in the third and final period, scoring four of the first five points en route to an early 4-1 advantage. The set stayed close to 10-8, but LMU scored six of the next eight to claim a healthy six-point lead at 16-10 and force a Roadrunner timeout. Things continued to go LMU's way out of the break, as the Lions stretched the lead to 21-14 to force the final CSUB timeout. Freshman Alessandra Dietz pushed the Lions to match point with a kill at 24-16, but the Roadrunners managed to spoil three match point efforts from the Lions. Fortunately for LMU, setter Ashley Maxfeldt found Crouse one last time to close the match and hand LMU the sweep.
The Lions will return to action next weekend when they travel to Lexington, Ky. for the UK Invitational being hosted by the University of Kentucky.