Lions Sweep Pepperdine for PCH Cup Point
LMU volleyball swept Pepperdine at home on Thursday night.
Oct. 17, 2013
The LMU volleyball team (9-9, 4-5 WCC) swept Pepperdine (9-8, 3-6 WCC) by scores of 25-19, 25-23, 25-19 on Thursday night to claim a point in the PCH Cup standings, pushing LMU to a 2-0 lead over the Waves in the annual scorecard between the two schools. Seniors Felicia Arriola and Kathleen Luft led the Lion attack, collecting 15 kills apiece in the victory.
Luft hit a solid .379 with the 15 kills on 29 attacks with only four errors, guiding LMU to a .248 match hitting percentage. Hannah Tedrow set the attack on Thursday, dishing-out 42 assists and narrowly missing a double-double with nine digs. Senior Betsi Metter once again led all players in digs, posting 15, while LMU served up six aces, including a pair each from Litara Keil and Tedrow.
Samantha Cash was the lone Wave to finish with double-digit kills, notching 10 on 17 swings for a .529 hitting percentage.
The Lions never trailed in the opening period, jumping out to an early 5-1 lead on a kill from Luft. The native of Thousand Oaks, Calif. finished the set with six kills, while Arriola and Keil each added five. LMU led by as many as 10 points at 16-6 en route to claiming the set on a block from Keil and Arriola. The Lions finished the match with five team blocks.
The second set proved to be much tighter as the two teams played to 14 tie scores and five lead changes. Pepperdine managed to outhit the Lions at .312 to .261, but LMU escaped with the set behind five kills each from Arriola and sophomore Rachelle Suaava. Suaava connected for her five kills on just seven attacks. Even at 20, Luft found the floor in front of a Wave attack error to force the final Pepperdine timeout of the set at 22-20. The Waves managed to get back within a point to 24-23, but Arriola received a set from Tedrow and found the floor on the ensuing play to hand LMU the commanding 2-0 match lead.
Carrying momentum and smelling the sweep, LMU came out strong in the third set, leading virtually the entire way. Luft and Arriola finished strong in the final, each posting five kills, including five on 10 swings from Luft. The Lions added three of their six match aces in the third, including one from LMU's career record holder in aces, Metter, to push the Lion advantage to 22-12 late. LMU cruised to victory from there, eventually earning the match on Luft's 15th and final kill of the night.
LMU will return to action next Thursday when it hosts Portland at 7 p.m. in Gersten Pavilion.