Third Straight Sweep for LMU
LMU swept Stony Brook on Saturday to finish play at the LBSU/LMU Mizuno Invitational.
The LMU women's volleyball team (6-3) recorded its third straight sweep of the LBSU/LMU Mizuno Invitational on Saturday night, defeating Stony Brook (2-10) in straight sets, 25-21, 25-21, 25-19.
Sarah Sponcil, Rachelle Suaava and Jennifer Casillas led the way for LMU, with Sponcil posting a double-double of 11 kills and 17 digs while hitting .455 (11-1/22). The double-double was Sponcil's eighth of the season. Suaava and Casillas both registered 10 kills, with Casillas hitting .350 on 20 attacks with just three errors to post a new career-high in kills. Suaava and Nicky Kevorken posted three block assists, while Lindsay Carr had a solo and two block assists to guide LMU to 7.5 total team blocks.
The Lions hit .202 as a team while receiving sets from senior Hannah Tedrow, who finished with a match-best 35 assists. Stony Brook hit just .110 in the sweep, led by Kathy Fletcher with nine kills.
The Lions used a six-point run from 9-5 to 15-5 in the first set, highlighted by three Suaava kills, en route to coasting to a 25-21 first-set victory. The Lions reached the 20-point plateau on a block from Kevorken and Sponcil before eventually taking the set on Suaava's fifth and final kill of the opener. LMU's blocking game proved huge in the first, as the Lions registered 4.5 team blocks, including three block assists from Suaava.
The second set played a bit closer between the two squads, as LMU trailed Stony Brook early by a count of 12-10 on a kill from Stefanie McFadden. Kills from Kevorken and Casillas brought the Lions back even at 12-12, and the teams proceeded to trade blows to 16-16. The Lions won the next two points on a Suaava kill and a Carr block, and did not allow the Seawolves to even the tally the rest of the way. LMU reached set-point at 24-20 on an attack error from Stephanie McFadden before claiming the final point on a Stony Brook service error to take the set 25-21. Sponcil registered five kills on eight errorless swings in the second, while Casillas had four kills.
Neither team registered hitting percentages above .200 in the third and final set, as the Lions and Seawolves battled to nine tie scores and four lead changes early. Tied at 13-13, LMU won consecutive points on a Sponcil kill and a Melann Amory attack error. The Lions continued to accelerate from there, forcing a Stony Brook timeout at 18-14 following a Kekai Whitford service ace, and eventually reaching 20 points at 20-15 on a Stony Brook service error. The visitors had one more run in them late, cutting the deficit to two at 20-18 on back-to-back Suaava attack errors, but LMU won five of the last six points to take the sweep 25-19, including the final tally on a swinging kill on a 50-50 ball from Tedrow at setter.
LMU will return to action on Friday when it travels to UC Santa Barbara for the Cal Poly/UCSB Dual Invite. The match with the Gauchos is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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