Lions Swept in PCH Cup Match on ESPNU
LMU dropped three straight sets to Pepperdine on Wednesday night.
Oct. 5, 2011
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
The LMU volleyball team (9-8, 3-2) dropped a three-set match to visiting No. 20 Pepperdine (10-5, 4-0) on Wednesday night by scores of 25-11, 25-15, 25-18. The match, which aired nationally on ESPNU and was LMU's DiG PiNK match benefitting the fight against breast cancer, was played as part of the PCH Cup that pits the Lions against the Waves throughout the year. A season-high 817 fans attended the match that lasted 1:27.
No player finished the match with double-digit kills, but Lilla Frederick and Katie Messing each had nine for Pepperdine. Kellie Woolever set the Wave offense to a .294 hitting percentage, dishing-out 31 assists to go along with 12 digs for a double-double. The Waves managed 11 team blocks, guided by a solo and six block assists from Samantha Cash.
Jasmine Rankins led the Lion attack with seven kills on 22 swings. Junior Olivia Bailey and freshman Ashley Maxfeldt shared time setting the offense, as Maxfeldt finished with 12 assists to Bailey's 11. LMU, which entered the week as the top team in the WCC in aces, did not record an ace over the three sets. Sophomore Betsi Metter continued to shine from the libero position, recording a match-high 15 digs to add to her conference-best mark in that category.
Pepperdine took the first set in convincing fashion, defeating the Lions by a count of 25-11. The Waves hit for a .316 percentage, highlighted by four kills apiece from Victoria Adelhelm and Messing, while LMU hit for a negative percentage at -.065. Litara Keil was the only Lion to collect multiple kills, notching a pair on seven swings.
The Waves once again never trailed in the second set en route to earning a 25-15 victory in the second. Both teams managed to increase their hitting percentages, as Pepperdine boasted a .324 mark to LMU's .026. After recording just one kill in the first set, Frederick came alive in the second for Pepperdine, posting six kills on nine swings to lead the Wave offense. Pepperdine upped its blocking totals to seven on the match, adding four more, including three block assists from Samantha Cash, to the three from the first set.
LMU fought hard in the third set, holding Pepperdine to a .222 hitting percentage, but managed just a .152 clip of its own en route to dropping the set, 25-18. Rankins had five kills on nine swings in the final period, while Alyse Hensley pitched-in three. Unfortunately for the Lions, Pepperdine collected four more blocks to go along with three kills from Kim Hill and Messing. Unlike the first two sets, LMU managed to stay close late in the third set, knotting the tally at 17 on a Caitlin DeWitt kill. Pepperdine regained control from there, winning five straight points to earn a commanding 22-17 lead. After a pair of blocks, Stevi Robinson stepped back to the service area and delivered an ace to hand Pepperdine the match. Robinson's ace was the fifth and final of the period for Pepperdine as the Waves finished the match with six.
The Lions return to action on Friday when they host UC Santa Barbara at 7 p.m. in Gersten Pavilion.