Nov. 1, 2012
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
The dynamic duo of junior Kathleen Luft and sophomore Litara Keil was at it again on Thursday night, with each player hitting above .500 and 13 kills apiece as LMU (15-10, 6-6 WCC) swept Portland (6-20, 0-12 WCC) by scores of 25-22, 25-20, 25-14 in Gersten Pavilion. The Lions hit .355 as a team behind setter Hannah Tedrow's 39 assists.
Luft led all players in hitting percentage at .571, second only to her .591 clip against Iona College on August 25. The native of Thousand Oaks, Calif. teamed her 13 kills with seven digs and a block assist. Keil, a native of Long Beach, Calif., made just two errors on 21 swings for her 13 kills and a .524 hitting percentage. Sophomore Caitlin DeWitt also had a strong match, hitting .421 with 12 kills. One of LMU's leading servers, Keil served-up one of LMU's seven aces on the night. Juniors Taylor Scioscia and Betsi Metter guided the squad in that department, totaling three and two, respectively. For Scioscia, the three aces were a career-best. Always padding her stats in the digs column, Metter managed 15 more in three sets on Thursday night. She is now 48 digs away from moving into second all-time at LMU.
Kate Bostwick led the Pilot offense with seven kills and a .300 hitting percentage. Bea Loper and Autumn Wedan also chipped-in six kills apiece, but it was not enough to earn a set on Thursday night as Portland hit .222 as a team.
DeWitt came out strong in the first set, collecting seven of her 12 kills in the opener. The native of Pleasanton, Calif. made just one error on eight swings for a .750 hitting percentage. Keil and Luft each added five kills, while Metter served-up a pair of aces. The opening set proved close as the two teams battled to even at 20 points. LMU benefitted from back-to-back kills from Arriola and Keil to take a lead at 22-20, but a Loper kill a few points later left LMU with a one-point advantage at 23-22. Fortunately for the Lions, Luft was able to find the floor to force a set point, setting the table for a DeWitt swing for the final tally.
The second set was all LMU as the Lions hit a blistering .455 behind six kills on as many errorless attacks from Keil. Luft and Arriola added four kills apiece as LMU never trailed in the period. Leading 14-12, LMU went on a four-point run to 18-12 to blow the set open. After forcing set point on an Arriola kill at 24-20, Tedrow set Keil for the winner.
In what was a close set early on, LMU ran away with the sweep by way of a lopsided 25-14 decision. The Lions hit just .222 in the finale, but held Portland to a .107 clip of its own. Luft finished the match strong, collecting four kills on seven swings without an error. Knotted at 10, LMU went on an eight-point run to open-up an 18-10 advantage and exhaust both Portland timeouts. LMU cruised from there, eventually earning the sweep on an Arriola kill - her eighth of the night.
LMU returns to action on Saturday when it travels to No. 17 BYU for a match at 12 p.m. The match will air live on BYUTV.
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