Lions Sweep Past Gonzaga at Home
LMU recorded a sweep of the Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon in Gersten Pavilion.
Oct. 26, 2013
The LMU volleyball team (11-9, 6-5 WCC) recorded a sweep of visiting Gonzaga (8-12, 4-7 WCC) on Saturday afternoon in Gersten Pavilion. The Lions earned the first two sets by scores of 25-20 and 25-21 before coming back to defeat the Bulldogs, 25-21, in the third.
Junior Litara Keil finished a stellar week of play on Saturday afternoon, posting 17 kills on 28 swings for a .429 hitting percentage. Senior Kathleen Luft contributed 13 kills on 33 attacks for a .303 clip, while Caitlin DeWitt and Amber Mirabello turned in eight and six kills, respectively. In a match where Gonzaga out-blocked the Lions 13.5-3, Mirabello posted a block solo and two block assists. Sophomore setter Hannah Tedrow dished out 42 assists and added two kills, an ace and a block assist to put forth a solid all-around showing.
For the week, Keil hit .492 with 39 kills on 61 attacks with only nine errors, averaging 5.57 kills per set. She also added a service ace and three block assists against Portland on Thursday.
As they have done virtually the entire year, Luft and Keil guided the LMU attack to victories in the first and second sets. Keil finished the first with six kills on 10 swings, while Luft managed four on eight attacks. LMU never trailed in the opener, jumping out to an early 10-6 lead on a Luft kill. Gonzaga managed to stay close throughout the period, cutting the deficit to two points at 21-19 late, but LMU would go on to score four of the next five points to earn the set on a Keil kill.
LMU hit .294 in the second period behind five kills apiece from Keil and Luft. The Lions also collected a pair of service aces, including one each from Tedrow and Felicia Arriola. The Lions once again led virtually the entire way in the second, opening up a 16-11 lead and forcing a Bulldog timeout by way of a four-point run from 12-11 to 16-11. Despite holding the lead, LMU did see Gonzaga continue to fight down the stretch, eventually inching within a point at 22-21 on a Lion attack error. Fortunately, Keil found the floor to maintain the lead on the ensuing play before Tedrow and Luft managed back-to-back kills to help LMU finish the set.
Keil finished the match strong in the third, helping LMU erase a late deficit to escape with the sweep. The native of Long Beach, Calif. had six kills on 10 attacks in the finale, while Luft and DeWitt each chipped in four. Trailing 21-20, LMU sent Tedrow to the service area where she served the final five points for the Lions, highlighted by kills from Luft and DeWitt and a block from Mirabello and Luft to win the match.
LMU has a big WCC week ahead against ranked opponents as the Lions will travel to WCC-frontrunner #19 BYU on Thursday before welcoming #9 San Diego to Gersten on Saturday.