Lions Sweep Santa Clara to Conclude Homestand
LMU recorded a sweep of Santa Clara on Thursday night.
Oct. 11, 2012
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The LMU volleyball team (11-8, 2-4 WCC) recorded a sweep of Santa Clara (14-6, 4-2 WCC) on Thursday night in Gersten Pavilion to conclude a six-game homestand. The Lions defeated the Broncos by scores of 25-21, 25-22, 25-20 behind eight service aces, including five from Betsi Metter. The five aces are tied for fifth-most in a three-set match since 1998.
Metter, a native of Phoenix, Ariz., teamed the five aces with a match-best 12 digs. Offensively, sophomore Litara Keil collected 10 kills on 21 swings for a .381 hitting percentage. Keil had an all-around strong match, teaming the 10 kills with two aces, a block solo and four block assists. The Lions, who hit .248 as a team while holding Santa Clara to a .194 clip, also received nine kills from junior Kathleen Luft as freshman Hannah Tedrow dished-out 33 assists.
Megan Anders and Kayla Lommori proved to be the offensive weapons for Santa Clara, posting 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Anders hit .529 with the match-high 11 kills on 17 swings with just two errors.
LMU earned a 25-21 first-set victory behind four kills apiece from Cailtin DeWitt and Luft. The Lions hit .300 on the set while holding Santa Clara to a .200 hitting percentage. The Lion serve came out strong as Metter served-up two of her five aces to accompany one from Luft. The Lions trailed early in the set, falling behind and exhausting a timeout at 7-3 on a Chelsea Heir service ace. Fortunately the Lions got hot in the middle of the period, cutting the deficit to two points at 15-13 by way of a three-point swing that was capped by an ace from Metter. After a Bronco timeout, LMU continued to gain momentum, scoring five straight points to turn a 16-14 deficit into a 19-16 advantage to force the final SCU timeout. Although Santa Clara managed to stay within a point to 22-21, LMU eventually scored the final three points of the set, capped by the Luft ace.
The Lions never trailed in the second set, but a late Santa Clara run made things interesting as LMU held on for the 25-22 victory to claim a 2-0 match lead. Santa Clara out-hit the Lions by a count of .241-.205, but four kills from Felicia Arriola and five Lion service aces proved enough to hold off the late surge. Metter finished the set with three aces, joined by a pair from Keil. The Broncos received three kills apiece from Lexi Williamson, Anders and Lommori to keep things close. LMU raced to a healthy 6-1 lead early on a Keil kill before a kill from Arriola managed to push the Lions to a 15-10 lead. A four-point swing from 17-12 to 21-12 seemingly put the Lions into cruise control, but Santa Clara wasn't ready to surrender so quickly. The Broncos worked to within four at 22-18 before continuing to charge to within two at 24-22 on three straight kills. LMU elected to call a time out at that point, and the break served its purpose, as the Lions set Arriola for a kill to take the set.
LMU completed the sweep in the third, earning the victory by way of a 25-20 decision. LMU hit .250 in the finale, holding Santa Clara to a .147 clip on the other side of the net. Keil finished strong, posting seven kills on 10 errorless swings to guide LMU to the victory. The two teams played to seven tie scores and three lead changes, but after playing even to 12, LMU went on a three-point run to claim a lead it would not relinquish. Trailing 20-15 after an error from Williamson, Santa Clara elected to call its final timeout to try to slow momentum. The break did little to thwart the Lions, as LMU continued to push toward the victory, eventually earning the sweep on a kill from Keil and a Santa Clara attack error.
The Lions will carry a 3-0 road record into a match at No. 13 San Diego on Saturday. That match is slated to begin at 1 p.m.