Lion Attack Stumbles at Pacific
LMU hit just .112 en route to being swept by Pacific on Friday night.
Sept. 16, 2011
STOCKTON, Calif. - LMU (5-6) hit just .112 en route to being swept by Pacific (8-4) on Friday night at the Hilton Stockton Invitational being hosted by Pacific in the Alex G Spanos Center. The Lions, who are now 0-2 at the tournament, fell by scores of 25-22, 25-22, 25-13. Nine of LMU's matches this year have been decided in three sets, including each of its last six.
Senior Jasmine Rankins had a team-best 12 kills with 14 digs to collect a double-double, while freshman Litara Keil amassed seven kills on 16 attacks for a .312 hitting percentage. Sophomore Betsi Metter collected 13 digs with two service aces, and now averages .51 aces per set and 4.09 digs per set on the year.
Samantha Misa led all players with 13 kills for Pacific, while Hannah Clancy dished-out 29 assists to guide the Tigers to a .232 hitting percentage. Pacific served-up four aces in the match, while Misa (13 kills/10 digs) and Clancy (29 assists/15 digs) each collected double-doubles. Rebekah Torres also had a stellar night for Pacific, teaming a match-best 17 digs with six assists from the libero position.
Neither team came out hot in the first set, as LMU hit just .061 to Pacific's .146. Rankins managed a set-best five kills to go along with four from Alyse Hensley, but LMU could not get in the win column in the first as it fell, 25-22. Misa took 20 swings on the set, connecting for four kills, but Pacific's blocking corps was in full force. The Tigers combined for 10 total team blocks in the match, including six in the first set alone. Jennifer Sanders and Katy Tagart guided the way, collecting four and three block assists, respectively. As it did throughout the first match on Friday against UC Riverside, LMU held a lead around halfway through the set at 16-12 only to surrender that lead down the stretch. Pacific got back to even at 16 as the two teams played to nine tie scores and two lead changes. Still knotted at 20-20, Pacific scored three straight points to earn a 23-20 lead. After Tagart connected for a kill for Pacific's 24th point, Rankins served-up an error two plays later to hand the set to the Tigers.
The Lions dropped another close set in the second, falling 25-22 after playing to nine tie scores and five lead changes. Keil posted six kills on nine attacks for LMU, but a trio of Tiger players each had three kills to help Pacific to a 2-0 lead in the match score. This time it was LMU that trailed early before clawing back to even at 15-15. After the two teams traded blows to even at 21, Pacific went on a late 3-0 run to earn a commanding 24-21 advantage. The Lions spoiled the first set-point chance, but Megan Birch did her part by notching one of her two set kills to ensure that Pacific earned the victory.
The Lions trailed the entire way in the third set en route to dropping a lopsided period by a count of 25-13. LMU hit .100 compared to Pacific's .333 in the final set, as Rankins was the lone Lion with more than three kills - collecting four on 15 attacks. Misa finished the match strong for Pacific, notching six kills on 12 attacks to pace the Tiger attack en route to the sweep. Torres made the most of the set in terms of digs, posting an impressive 12 in the third alone. Pacific scored the first six points of the set and never looked back from there, advancing the lead to eight points at 15-7 and 18-10. Things only got worse from there for LMU, as Pacific scored five unanswered points from 18-11 to 23-11 before putting the match away on a Gabby Cowden kill at 25-13.
The Lions will finish play at the Hilton Stockton Invitational tomorrow when they square-off against San Jose State at 11:30 a.m.