No. 13 San Diego Hands LMU First Road Loss
LMU dropped a match at No. 13 San Diego on Saturday afternoon.
Oct. 13, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The LMU volleyball team (11-9, 2-5 WCC) suffered its first road loss on Saturday afternoon, dropping a decision to No. 13 San Diego (16-2, 8-0 WCC) by scores of 25-17, 25-12, 25-22. The Lions are now 3-1 on the road this year.
Carrie Baird led the Torero offense, posting 11 kills and nine digs. Sandra Lozic hit .562 with 10 kills to guide USD to a .349 team hitting percentage.
LMU dropped the opener by a count of 25-17, hitting just .057 beind four kills from Kathleen Luft. The Toreros hit .303, benefitting from four kills from Sandra Lozic and three more from Carrie Baird. Alaysia Brown did her work on the block for the 13th-ranked Toreros, recording a pair of blocks for USD. The two teams played even to six points, but USD caught some fire to open-up a 15-10 advantage on a Lozic kills. After falling behind at 17-13 on a Brown kill and a Lion attack error, LMU elected to call a timeout. The break did little to slow San Diego's momentum as the Toreros advanced the lead to 22-16 on a block from Brown and Katie Hoekman. LMU managed to respond with a point on the ensuing play, but USD closed the set on a 3-0 run to take the set on a kill from Amber Tatsch.
LMU couldn't get anything going in the second set, hitting just .088 while allowing a .351 clip on the other side of the net, en route to falling by a count of 25-12. Brown came out strong once again for USD, collecting two more blocks and five kills to lead the way. Hoekman and Chloe Ferrari each recorded three kills, with Hoekman tallying two blocks. Setter Rachel Alvey dished-out 14 of her 38 match assists in the second alone. LMU trailed nearly the entire way as USD opened-up a 6-3 advantage on a Brown kill. The Lions cut the lead to one at 7-6, but the Toreros went on a four-point swing from there to distance themselves - eventually pushing the lead to 16-7 on a kill from Lozic and a Lion attack error. A pair of setting errors charged to Ashley Maxfeldt and a kill from Baird allowed USD to advance the lead to 21-9. Attempting to hold its ground, LMU scored three of the next four points, but USD posted each of the final three points as Hoekman and Brown teamed for a block to cap the run to victory.
LMU put up a solid fight in the third set, hitting .361 behind seven kills from Luft and five more from Keil. Keil, a native of Long Beach, Calif., also had an ace and one block in the period, but it was not enough to hold off No. 13 San Diego and its .389 hitting percentage. LMU came out strong in the third, claiming an early 3-1 lead, but San Diego never let LMU run too far, playing even to 10 before claiming a lead of its own at 13-11 on a Taylor Scioscia service error. The two teams continued to trade blows to even at 16, but USD would eventually begin to put distance between the two squads, taking a 21-18 lead on a Luft attack error and forcing match-point at 24-19 on a block from Hoekman and Alvey. The Lions managed to spoil three match point opportunities, but Hoekman took things into her own hands at 24-22, taking a set from Alvey and finding the floor for the victory.
LMU will return to action on October 18 when it travels to Gonzaga for a match at 6 p.m.
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