Metter Sets New Program Record for Aces, Lions Fall in Five at Saint Mary's
Betsi Metter collected two aces on Thursday night to claim sole possession of the LMU program record.
Oct. 10, 2013
Senior Betsi Metter provided a highlight for LMU in a match that saw the Lions (8-8, 3-4 WCC) drop its third straight five-set match, this time at the hands of Saint Mary's (9-5, 5-1 WCC) on the road in Moraga, Calif. The native of Phoenix, Ariz. notched a pair of aces to run her career total to 159 and set a new LMU program record, passing Heather Hughes (158 from 2004-07) for the top-spot. LMU once again won the first set, doing so for the 14th time in 16 matches this year, but eventually dropped the match by scores of 22-25, 25-13, 25-20, 20-25, 15-7.
Metter recorded her first ace of the match in the first set before eventually setting the record in the fourth. As she has done in every match this year, Metter, who is LMU's all-time digs leader, claimed at least a share of the match-high in digs, notching a match-high tying 15. Felicia Arriola recorded a double-double for the Lions, teaming 14 kills with 13 digs while hitting .314. Arriola and Metter each collected a pair of aces, guiding LMU to six as a team. The Lions collected 12 total team blocks in the loss, led by Litara Keil with eight block assists. Keil also paced the Lion attack with 15 kills on 40 swings.
Saint Mary's received outstanding matches from their trio of stars, as Jordan Shaw and Kristina Graven collected 20 and 18 kills, respectively, receiving sets from Dalas Dodd. Dodd dished-out 41 assists and added five kills. Shaw posted a double-double in the victory, teaming her match-best 20 kills with 12 digs. The Gaels matched LMU's 12 team blocks, guided by a solo and five assists from Madelyn Hutson, while also out-serving the Lions with 10 aces to only seven errors. Shaw posted three of the 10 aces, while a trio of other players had two.
Despite the final score showing 25-20 in the third set, Saint Mary's used three lopsided sets to put away the Lions on Thursday. The Gaels hit .405 in the second set en route to the 25-13 victory before opening up a 22-11 lead in the third. LMU did manage to make a run in the third, but the early deficit proved too much to overcome. Faced with a decisive fifth set, Saint Mary's came out strong to the tune of a .417 hitting percentage. The Gaels jumped out to the early 7-1 lead and never looked back, eventually claiming the victory on a Dodd kill.
The Lions have now had five of their last six matches decided in five sets, playing to a heartbreaking 1-4 record in those matches. LMU will look to snap a three-match losing streak on Saturday at Pacific. That match is slated to begin at 7 p.m.