Junior Sara Kovac led all players with 16 kills on 25 swings for a .440 hitting percentage, but LMU volleyball (12-10, 5-6 WCC) suffered a 25-21, 25-23, 28-26 sweep at the hands of Pacific (11-11, 6-5 WCC) on Thursday night.
Sophomore Megan Rice finished the match with 12 kills, and the Lions managed seven aces, including three from Kekai Whitford, but Pacific hit .340 behind 14 kills from Emily Baptista and 10 more from Kaitlyn Lines to earn the victory. Pacific also had a strong block on Thursday, with Andie Shelton, Baptista and Hanne De Schrijver registering four block assists.
The Tigers hit .500 in the opening set, as Baptista connected for six kills on seven swings with just one error. Neither team hit for a high percentage in the second, as LMU out-hit Pacific, .179-.175, but three Tiger aces proved just enough to take the set.
The Tiger attack was strong in the final set, hitting .419 behind five kills from Baptista. The Lions led 22-18 late in the final period, but Pacific made a run late to knot the tally at 22-22, sending the match into a see-saw battle down the stretch. Still knotted at 26-26, Lines posted her final kill of the night, setting the table for the game-winner when Savannah Slattery erred on her 15th swing of the night.
LMU, which has dropped three straight, will look to get back on track on Saturday at Saint Mary’s. First serve is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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