Lions Sweep Season Series with Portland
LMU defeated the Pilots in four sets on Thursday night.
Oct. 24, 2013
The LMU volleyball team (10-9, 5-5 WCC) earned a sweep of the season series over Portland (0-19, 0-10 WCC) on Thursday, earning a four-set victory over the Pilots by scores of 14-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-23 in Gersten Pavilion. Junior Litara Keil had an outstanding match, collecting 22 kills on 33 attacks with only four errors for a .545 hitting percentage. The 22 kills were two short of a career high for Keil, and a season-best in 2013.
LMU as a team hit .385, its highest mark of the year. Joining Keil on the attack were Kathleen Luft (12 kills - .375 hitting), Amber Mirabello (eight kills - .636 hitting) and Caitlin DeWitt (seven kills - .438 hitting). The Lions managed five aces in the match, including a pair from setter Hannah Tedrow. Tedrow set the Lions to the season-high hitting percentage, dishing out 47 assists.
Autumn Wedan finished the match with a match-best 23 kills for Portland. The Pilots hit .256 on the match behind 12 kills on 22 swings (.455) from Makayla Lindburg.
After dropping the first set by a score of 25-14, LMU answered to even the match at one set apiece by way of a 25-20 victory. The Lions hit .414 in the second after managing a .143 clip in the first, highlighted by five kills on six swings from Keil. The native of Long Beach, Calif. had five on six attacks in the first set as well. The Lions also added a pair of aces, including one from Keil to push the Lions to a 14-9 advantage. Portland stayed close throughout the set, playing to within one point at 21-20, but LMU closed the set on a 5-0 run, eventually earning the period on Felicia Arriola's third kill of the match.
The Lions hit a blistering .500 (18-2/32) behind eight kills on 10 errorless swings from Keil to take the 2-1 match lead. Mirabello chipped in four kills on five attacks, while Tedrow served up a pair of aces in addition to setting the attack for the high clip. The two teams played close early in the third, but LMU rattled off four straight points from 12-9 to 16-9 en route to running away with the period. Keil finished the set strong, recording three straight kills to close the set and push LMU to the fourth set.
LMU hit .400 or better for the third straight set in the fourth, finishing at an even .400 and earning a hard-fought 25-23 decision to take the match. Luft and DeWitt each contributed five kills, while Keil finished with four more to run her match total to 22. LMU looked to be in control of the set late at 22-15, but Portland clawed within a point at 22-21 by way of a six-point run. Fortunately LMU held on for the victory, eventually earning the match on a kill from Luft.
LMU will return to action on Saturday when it hosts Gonzaga at Noon.