Metter Sets New Program Record for Digs, Lions Sweep Seattle
With her seventh dig of the match, Betsi Metter claimed sole possession of first place in the LMU record book.
Sept. 13, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
Senior Betsi Metter inked her name atop the LMU career record book for digs, collecting her seventh dig of the match, and her 1,441st of her career, in the second set of a sweep of Seattle University on Friday in Gersten Pavilion. Metter managed a match-high tying 16 digs in the match, running her career total to 1,450 and adding to her new record. The Lions earned the victory by scores of 25-15, 25-12, 25-17.
Metter, a native of Phoenix, Ariz., recorded 251 digs as a freshman before managing 538 as a sophomore. The two-time defending WCC Defensive Player of the Year finished her junior campaign with 520, and has accumulated 141 so far as a senior. Her 3.99 career digs per set average ranks second in LMU history (Kerry House - 4.89), while her dig totals as a sophomore and junior rank second and fourth in LMU's single season book, respectively.
Junior Litara Keil once again led the Lion attack with 12 kills on 20 swings for a .400 hitting percentage. Seniors Kathleen Luft and Felicia Arriola pitched in nine and eight kills, respectively, as the Lions hit .257 on the night.
The Lions hit .286 in the opening set, receiving five kills apiece from Arriola and Keil. Keil hit a blistering .667 in the opener, connecting for five kills on six swings with just one error. The Lions never trailed in the opener, racing out to an early 12-6 lead on a kill from Caitlin DeWitt to force a Seattle University timeout. The Lions would go on a four-point swing en route to a commanding 19-10 lead before kills from Keil and Rachelle Suaava handed LMU the set.
Though the hitting percentage declined to .240 in the second, LMU ran away with the second set, earning a lopsided 12-3 advantage by way of seven unanswered points beginning at 5-3. No Lion collected more than two kills in the set, but the balanced attack combined with three aces and four team blocks proved sufficient to claim the 2-0 match score lead. Metter managed one of the three set aces, running her career total to 137 and moving her within 22 of sole possession of that LMU record. Her 137 aces currently place her tied for third with Leslie Wohlford (1985-88).
In what proved to be the closest of the three sets, LMU hit .237 behind six kills from Keil. Seattle, which hit -.049 in the first and -.080 in the second, hit for a .000 percentage in the third to finish with a -.040 percentage on the match. Luft finished strong for the Lions, collecting four of her nine kills on just five errorless attacks. Seattle U's block kept the Redhawks in the set, posting five team stuffs, including three block solos from Allison Farley. The two teams played even to 11, but LMU managed to score six of the next seven points to put some distance between the two. The Lions eventually took the match on a block as Hannah Tedrow and Amber Mirabello combined to stuff Iris Ivanis.
LMU will return to action tomorrow when it hosts College of Charleston at 7 p.m.