Lions Hit .357 in Sweep of College of Charleston, Metter Notches Six Aces
The LMU attack hit for a .357 clip over the course of the sweep, while Betsi Metter collected six aces for the second time this year.
Sept. 14, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
The LMU attack hit for a .357 clip, while senior Betsi Metter collected six aces for the second time this year, as LMU (5-4) swept College of Charleston (8-2) by scores of 25-18, 25-16, 25-12 on Saturday night in Gersten Pavilion.
Junior Litara Keil hit .381 over the course of the match, notching 11 kills on 21 swings with only three errors. Metter had a career-best six aces, tied for fourth-most by a Lion since at least 1995 for a single match, and second most for a three-setter (Kathleen Bunce - seven on 9/4/93). The native of Phoenix, Ariz., who accomplished the same feat to open the 2013 season against North Texas, tallied five of her six aces in the final set on Saturday. The all-time LMU career digs leader now sits just 16 aces short of sole possession of the aces record (Heather Hughes - 158), ranking third overall.
Senior Kathleen Luft nearly matched Keil offensively for LMU, totaling 11 kills on 22 swings with only three errors for a .364 hitting percentage. The native of Thousand Oaks, Calif. teamed her 11 kills with six digs and two aces. The duo of Ashley Maxfeldt and Hannah Tedrow shared time setting the offense to the season-best mark, dishing out 17 and 12 assists, respectively.
Cara Howley proved to be a bright spot for the Cougars in the loss, collecting eight kills on 13 attacks for a .462 hitting percentage.
The Lions led virtually the entire way over the course of the night, trailing only once as College of Charleston recorded the first point of the second set. LMU hit .357 in the opener behind five kills on 12 swings from Luft. The redshirt senior also notched a pair of aces as LMU quickly took a commanding 13-4 lead and never looked back.
The second set saw the Lions hit a blistering .500 while holding the Cougars to a .083 clip on the other side of the net. Keil and Luft each had four kills in the set, but the LMU blocking corps totaled three blocks, including Rachelle Suaava and Caitlin DeWitt teaming for a pair. The Lions once again hit the throttle early, jumping out to a 16-9 lead before eventually earning the period via a Luft kill.
Metter's serving highlighted the third and final set as the native of Phoenix, Ariz. delivered perfect placement serve after serve, resulting in five aces, including three consecutive aces down the stretch to hand LMU a 22-11 advantage. Combined with four kills apiece from Keil and DeWitt, the Lions easily earned the sweep of the Cougars to collect its second consecutive victory.
LMU will look to carry the momentum into WCC play next week as it welcomes San Francisco to Gersten Pavilion on Thursday at 7 p.m. The Lions will then host Santa Clara on Saturday to conclude opening weekend of the conference slate.