Lions Earn Four-Set Victory over San Francisco
LMU improves to 5-3 in the WCC with the victory.
Oct. 28, 2010
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
Jasmine Rankins and Alyse Hensley led the Lion attack on Thursday, collecting 16 and 15 kills, respectively. Rankins teamed her 16 kills with 13 digs for a double-double, while sophomore Olivia Bailey also collected a double-double of a match-best 41 assists and a team-high 14 digs. Always a threat from the service area, LMU served-up nine more aces while committing 10 service errors. Four of the aces came from senior Megan Nash, who also had seven kills with just two errors on 13 attacks for a .385 hitting percentage.
Malina Terrell led all players with 17 kills for San Francisco, while setter Joan Caloiaro had seven kills and 29 assists for a double-double. USF libero Whitney Swain collected a match-best 19 digs, while the Dons hit just .127 to LMU's .204. USF also served well, posting seven aces with just five errors, including three aces from Alaina Sully.
Hensley and Terrell did battle in the first set, as both players collected five kills in the opener. The Lions also benefitted from three kills from Rankins as they took the set, 25-22. The Dons and Lions played to six tie scores and two lead changes in the first set, including the final tie at 20-20. The Lions actually trailed through most of the first set, but made a run late to earn the win. Trailing 16-12, the Lions scored eight of the next 12 points to get back to even at 20 on a Terrell attack error. The Lions continued to push from there, scoring each of the next four points to take a set-point lead at 24-20 on a pair of Hensley kills and back-to-back USF attack errors. Rankins recorded the final point of the set three points later, fighting through the block for her third kill of the opening frame.
USF got the better of the Lions in the second set, benefitting from a trio of players with three kills apiece. The Dons hit just .114 as a team in the second, but held LMU to an even lower .089 mark. Even closer than the first set, the two team played to 12 tie scores and seven lead changes in the second period. After playing even to 19, USF went on a run late, scoring six of the final eight points to earn the victory. The Lions had the deficit at just one point at 22-21 on a Felicia Arriola kill, but a pair of errors charged to the Lions, namely one serving and one on the attack, teamed with a Caiti Wenger kill allowed USF to take the set at 25-21.
Although the set finished at 25-23, LMU never trailed en route to the victory in the third period. The Lions led by as many as seven points on five different occasions, including for the last time at 17-10, but USF made its move late to make things interesting. From 17-10, the Dons scored four straight points, capped by a Sarah Mandala service ace to cut the deficit to three at 17-14. They stayed within three at 19-16 when Sully served-up an ace of her own just before the 20-point plateau. The Lions continued to stride toward the finish with USF making-up ground slowly, eventually cutting the deficit to two points at 21-19 on a Wenger kill. The two teams followed by trading strings of momentum, as the Lions won a pair of back-to-back points to precede a pair from USF to run the tally to 23-21 and force a Lion timeout. The break did little to slow the Don momentum as they rolled back to even at 23 with two more unanswered points. Fortunately for the Lions, Nash responded with a kill to force set point, followed just one play later by a Terrell attack error to hand LMU the third.
Rankins did the bulk of her damage in the fourth and final period, recording six kills on 12 swings with just one error to guide LMU to the match. The Lions hit a healthy .321 as a team while holding USF to just a .054 mark on the other side of the net. LMU also served-up three aces in the final period to ensure the victory. As they did in the third set, LMU never trailed in the fourth. The Lions jumped out to an early 11-2 cushion before seeing their wide lead shrink to just four points at 16-12 after an impressive streak of play from the Dons. The skid continued for the Lions after electing to use a timeout, as the lead shrunk even further to just one point at 18-17. LMU got tough from there, scoring each of the next six points, including a pair of kills from Rankins and four consecutive Don attack errors, to force a match point. A Terrell kill spoiled the first chance at the match, but Rankins responded with a kill of her own on the very next play to give LMU the match victory.
The Lions return to action on Saturday when they host Santa Clara at 1 p.m. The match is LMU's DiG PiNK match benefitting the fight against breast cancer. Donations will be collected at the match, or if you'd like to donate online, please click here.