Déjà Vu for LMU at #13 San Diego
LMU dropped a five-set match to #13 San Diego after taking the first two sets.
Oct. 3, 2013
A week after winning the first two sets of a match against Gonzaga on the road only to drop the match in five sets, LMU volleyball (8-6, 3-2 WCC) experienced déjà vu on Thursday night in San Diego, Calif., this time suffering the heartbreaking turn of events at the hands of #13 San Diego (10-3, 2-2 WCC). The Lions dropped the match by scores of 22-25, 26-28, 25-20, 28-26, 15-10.
LMU received 19 kills on 37 attacks from junior Litara Keil, while senior Kathleen Luft chipped in 17 while hitting .316, but it was not enough to hold off the comeback from the Toreros. LMU's serving game was solid on Thursday in the loss, as the Lions collected eight aces behind three from Luft.
Chloe Ferrari, the September WCC Player of the Month, led the attack for San Diego, hitting .471 with 19 kills. LMU out-hit the Toreros by a count of .227 to .210 over the course of the match.
After taking the first two sets, including a hard-fought second that saw 12 tie scores and four lead changes, LMU looked to be in the driver's seat. Keil guided LMU to the first set by way of six kills on seven swings to push LMU to a .393 hitting percentage. The Lions, who served up three aces in the opener, added three more in the second while holding San Diego to a .186 clip en route to taking the 2-0 lead into the break.
Despite dropping the third set to the Toreros, LMU still looked to be in good shape commanding a 2-1 match score lead. The Lions forced match point in the fourth set at 24-21 on a Luft kill, but the Lions were unable to deliver the final blow, eventually allowing the Toreros to crawl all the way back for the win on a kill from Ferrari followed by a Lion attack error.
Carrying all the momentum from the previous two sets, USD completed the comeback in the fifth, escaping with the victory.
LMU will look to rebound on Saturday at home against BYU. The match, which is LMU's DiG PiNK match, is scheduled for 12 p.m. The first 50 fans in attendance will receive a pink wristband sponsored by the WCC, while the first 50 students will receive a pink drawstring bag courtesy of ASLMU.