Lions Sweep Past Gonzaga
LMU swept the season series between the two teams.
Oct. 27, 2012
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The LMU volleyball team (14-10, 5-6 WCC) earned a sweep of the season series with Gonzaga (9-15, 1-10 WCC) by way of a 25-13, 25-13, 25-12 victory on Saturday afternoon in Gersten Pavilion. LMU held the Bulldogs to a -.090 hitting percentage while connecting at a .297 clip of its own. LMU never trailed in the match en route to the sweep.
Junior Kathleen Luft led the way with a match-best 10 kills on 29 swings for a .241 clip. Caitlin DeWitt was also stellar, hitting a blistering .636 with eight kills on 11 attacks. Junior Felicia Arriola had an all-around solid match, teaming nine kills with an ace and a match-high 17 digs to narrowly-miss a double-double. Litara Keil shined on the block for LMU, totaling nine blocks in just three sets of play.
Three Bulldog players had five kills in the loss, with Kalistina Takau finishing with the team's only positive hitting percentage at .200. Jordan Gasser also posted five kills and 11 digs.
LMU ran away with the first set behind four kills apiece from DeWitt and Luft. The Lions scored the first six points of the period to force a Gonzaga timeout, eventually stretching the lead to 9-3 on a kill from Luft and a Bulldog attack error to force the second and final timeout from the visitors. Kenna Crouse recorded her only kill of the set to push LMU to a 15-6 lead before a Keil service ace moved the Lions to 20 points at 20-9. After a kill from Gasser allowed Gonzaga to move into double-digits, LMU benefitted from four straight Bulldog attack errors that handed the Lions a set-point lead at 24-10. The Lions eventually earned the opener by way of a dump from Ashley Maxfeldt.
The Lion offense came out hot in the second, hitting .412 as Arriola managed five of her nine kills in the period. The Lions once again forced early Gonzaga timeouts, forcing head coach Dave Gantt into breaks at 7-2 and 12-3 en route to running away with the period. After holding the Bulldogs to a -.219 clip in the first, LMU allowed a measly .051 mark in the second. Gonzaga managed to claw a bit closer in the set, cutting the deficit to six at 16-10, but LMU scored six straight late points from 18-12 to 24-12 before earning the victory on Maxfeldt's second kill of the match.
LMU's attack cooled a bit in the third, hitting .212, but it was more than enough to defeat Gonzaga at -.125. The Lions earned the lopsided 25-12 decision behind three kills from Crouse, Keil and Luft. Keil also chipped in her second ace of the match and a block solo - helping LMU to five of its 12 match blocks in the set. LMU once again separated itself from Gonzaga early, forcing a timeout at 9-4 and 14-9, both coming after Bulldog attack errors. Leading 15-10, LMU scored five straight points to claim a 10-point advantage at 20-10. Another four-point run handed the Lions a match-point chance at 24-11 before Luft found the floor for the final time to hand LMU the victory.
The Lions will return to action on Thursday when they host Portland at 7 p.m.
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