Lions Notch Nine Aces in Four-Set Loss to #8 San Diego
Litara Keil served up four aces on Saturday afternoon.
Nov. 2, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The LMU volleyball team (11-11, 6-7 WCC) managed nine service aces on Saturday afternoon, but LMU could not stop a solid attack from #8 San Diego (19-3, 11-2 WCC) en route to dropping a four-set match by scores of 25-19, 25-27, 25-23, 25-19.
Junior Litara Keil had a solid day for the Lions, posting a match-best 16 kills and four aces to accompany a block solo and two block assists. The four aces matched a season-high for Keil, falling just one shy of a career-best. Amber Mirabello also shined, notching 13 kills with only three errors on 24 attacks for a .417 hitting percentage.
USD hit .375 over the course of the match, led by Katie Hoekman at .529 (11-2/17). Chloe Ferrari pitched in 13 kills and hit .417, while Sandra Lozic and Alaysia Brown had 14 and 12 kills, respectively. Taylor Hollins posted a team-high 15 kills for USD, matching the 15 with 12 digs for a double-double. Lozic also had a double-double, combining her 14 kills with 10 digs.
San Diego hit a blistering .464 in the first set, highlighted by six kills on eight attacks from Lozic. After the Toreros took the opener, 25-19, LMU responded to even the match score by way of a 27-25 victory. The eighth-ranked Toreros once again hit for a high clip, .366, but LMU used four aces, including a pair apiece from Keil and Felicia Arriola, to get even. Arriola finished the match with three service aces.
Both teams hit for a high clip in the third, with San Diego outhitting the Lions .452-.314, but the Toreros took the set behind six kills from Brown and five more from Ferrari. Senior Kathleen Luft collected five of her 12 match kills in the third, but it was not enough to take the swing set. While neither team found a real groove offensively in the fourth, USD took the lead to start the finale and never looked back en route to taking the match. The Toreros jumped out to an early 7-2 lead to exhaust the first Lion timeout before advancing the lead to 14-8 on a Luft attack error. The lead stretched to 10 at 22-12 as the Toreros began to run away with the match. The Lions did not surrender easily, forcing a Torero timeout at 22-15, but the number eight team in the nation eventually took the match on a kill from Brown.
LMU will return to action on November 7 when it hosts Pacific at 7 p.m.