Lions Cruise Past Pacific in Sweep


Sept. 30, 2017

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Looking to finish a three-match week with a 2-1 record, LMU volleyball (9-6, 2-2 WCC) came out strong, posting a convincing 25- 17, 25-19, 25-13 sweep over Pacific (7-9, 2-3 WCC) on Saturday from Gersten Pavilion.

Savannah Slattery and Sara Kovac led the charge for LMU, finishing with eight kills apiece. Slattery also added an ace, seven digs and three block assists to finish a strong all-around match. The Lions hit .289 as a team as Jessie Prichard and Tess Reid dished out 13 and 11 assists, respectively. Reid also served up three of LMU's seven aces in the victory. Redshirt-freshman Alexis Morrow guided LMU to nine total blocks, finishing with a block solo and five block assists. On the attack, Morrow did not commit an error on eight swings en route to collecting six kills and a .750 hitting percentage.

Pacific hit under .200 in each of the three sets, including -.192 in the lopsided third. Emily Baptista and Ashlyn Fleming each had six kills, but the Tiger attack just couldn't get things going on Saturday.

The Lions utilized a strong serving game in the opening set of the match, posting five aces, including two from Reid. After playing close early in the period, LMU turned a 6-6 tie into a 10-6 lead by way of a 4-0 run that was capped by a Kekai Whitford ace. Another big run, this one a string of five straight, allowed LMU to claim a commanding 17-9 lead. A Kovac kill pushed LMU to 20-16 before Reid served up the final four points, collecting a pair of aces down the stretch.

While serving got it done in the first set, it was a strong attack and five blocks that proved to be the difference in the second. The Lions received four kills from Slattery in the stanza, while Emma Johnson totaled a block solo and two block assists to lead the way on the block. It was another close set through the middle of the period, as LMU held a slim one-point advantage at 13-12. The Lions managed to win the next three straight, and tallied seven of the next nine overall to open up a 20-14 advantage. After reaching set point on a block from Slattery and Morrow, LMU earned the win on a service error from Katrin Gotterba.

It was all LMU in the third, as Pacific had burned through both timeouts by the time LMU reached an 11-4 lead on a ball-handling error charged to Hanne De Schrijver. The Lions continued to accelerate down the stretch, advancing the lead to 18-5 on a Pacific attack error. Two more errors on the attack from the Tigers handed LMU a 22-7 lead, and LMU eventually earned the sweep by way of a Slattery kill. Kovac finished the match strong, registering four kills in the final frame.

LMU will return to action on October 5 when it travels to Portland for a 7 p.m. match in West Coast Conference play.

 

 

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