Oct. 18, 2012
SPOKANE, Wash. -
The LMU volleyball team (12-9, 3-5 WCC) improved to 4-1 on the road on Thursday night, defeating host Gonzaga (9-12, 1-7 WCC) by scores of 25-16, 25-20, 25-21 in the Martin Centre.
LMU hit .333 on the night, highlighted by 13 kills on 23 attacks with only two errors (.478) from sophomore Litara Keil. Fellow middle blocker, Kenna Crouse, also excelled, hitting .636 with eight kills on 11 swings with only one error. Junior Kathleen Luft led all players with 14 kills. Freshman Hannah Tedrow guided LMU to the stellar hitting percentage, dishing-out 44 assists with eight digs to narrowly-miss a double-double. On the block, Keil and Tedrow led the way, colleting five and four block assists, respectively.
Savannah Blinn led the Bulldog offense, collecting 12 kills to accompany five digs. Gonzaga hit just .143 over the course of the match, utilizing a trio of setters.
LMU came out strong on the attack in the first, hitting .323 behind four kills from Keil and three apiece from Crouse, Luft and Felicia Arriola. The Lions also held Gonzaga to just a .086 clip in the period, earning an early lead and never looking back en route to a 25-16 decision.
The blocking game picked up for both teams in the second, but it was LMU with 5.5 to Gonzaga's three that won that battle. LMU also managed a .273 hitting percentage behind four kills apiece from Keil and Luft while holding Gonzaga to a .079 percentage on the other side of the net. Keil posted four of her five block assists in the period, getting help from two apiece from Caitlin DeWitt and Tedrow. The two teams played even to 12 points, but a five-point run from the Lions opened-up a 17-12 lead as LMU eventually took the set by a count of 25-20.
LMU completed the sweep by way of a stellar .390 hitting percentage in the third. Luft exploded for seven kills in the period, two better than a strong finish from Keil at five. The Lions did not post a block in the set, but the offensive output proved enough to take down the home team despite five kills on 10 swings from Blinn. For the second straight set, the two teams traded blows to 12, and the Lions took the lead from there. LMU forced the first Gonzaga timeout at 17-13 on back-to-back Luft kills before kills from Keil and Arriola incited the second timeout at 23-18. Although Gonzaga fought off the first two match-point chances, LMU eventually got the ball to Luft for her final kill to earn the 25-21 victory and the sweep.
LMU returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Portland for a match against the Pilots at 12 p.m.
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