Tigers Best Lions in Four
LMU dropped the inaugural West Coast Conference match against Pacific on Saturday night.
Oct. 12, 2013
The LMU volleyball team (8-9, 3-5 WCC) dropped the inaugural West Coast Conference match against the University of Pacific (10-8, 3-4 WCC) on Saturday on the road at Pacific's Spanos Center. The Lions fell by scores of 25-23, 15-25, 28-26, 25-15.
Senior Kathleen Luft led all players with 18 kills, but Pacific countered with 12 from Megan Birch and 10 apiece from Gillian Howard and Kat Schulz. The Tigers also served up six aces and recorded 16 total team blocks behind eight blocks (one solo and seven assists) from Howard. Jennifer Sanders teamed nicely with Howard throughout the night, collecting a block solo and six block assists.
Sophomore Avery Bush managed three of LMU's six aces on the night, falling just one short of a career-high. Amber Mirabello continued her solid play of late, notching 11 more kills while hitting a team-best .333 on 24 swings. Senior Felicia Arriola collected her fourth double-double of the year, and the third in as many matches, teaming 11 kills with 13 digs.
The third set proved to be the swing period for Pacific, as the Tigers faced set point at 24-22 with the match score knotted at one set apiece. The home squad dug its heels in from there, getting a kill from Birch before a Lion attack error ran the tally even at 24. The two teams proceeded to trade a pair of points before a Lion service error and a Schulz kills handed Pacific the set.
Carrying momentum from the crucial third set victory, Pacific came out and hit .389 in the fourth set while holding LMU to a .194 clip on the other side of the net. The Tigers never trailed in the finale, jumping out to an early 10-3 lead and never looking back. Birch finished the fourth set with six of her 12 match kills, while Howard contributed five kills and a service ace.
LMU will return to action on Thursday when it hosts Pepperdine in a PCH Cup match at 7 p.m.
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