Lions Host Block Party in Sweep of Pacific
LMU recorded 13 team blocks in just three sets played.
Nov. 7, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
The LMU volleyball team (12-11, 7-7 WCC) hosted a block party in a sweep of visiting Pacific (11-13, 4-9 WCC) on Thursday in WCC play, accumulating 13 team blocks, including nine block assists from sophomore Amber Mirabello. The Lions earned the sweep by way of scores of 27-25, 25-18, 25-15.
Mirabello's nine block assists were a career high, and matched a season high for the Lions set by Litara Keil on September 21 against Santa Clara in five sets. The nine block assists were also tied for fourth-most in Lion history for a three-set match. The native of Palm Harbor, Fla. teamed the blocks with nine kills while hitting .304. Senior Kathleen Luft contributed a match-best 14 kills on 35 attacks for a .314 hitting percentage, while sophomore Hannah Tedrow recorded five block assists and 32 assists as LMU's setter. Junior Caitlin DeWitt also had five block assists, helping LMU to the 26 block assists on the night. On the serve, LMU managed six aces, led by sophomore Alyssa Walton with three.
The Lions held Pacific to just .090 hitting as no Tiger recorded double-digit kills. Kat Schulz led the way for Pacific, posting nine kills on 30 errorless attacks for a .300 hitting percentage.
The first set proved to be a close one, but LMU never trailed after surrendering the first point and answering to knot the tally at 1-1. The Lions hit just .211 in the period, but held Pacific to a .067 clip en route to the victory. Keil had five of her 10 match kills in the opener, while Keil also contributed a pair of aces. LMU had three set-point chances in the first, eventually earning the period on a Tiger attack error and a kill from Luft.
In a set that saw LMU out-hit Pacific, .182-.091, Walton proved to be huge for LMU. The native of Valencia, Calif. had two aces and held serve for eight straight points from a 16-15 deficit to a 23-16 Lion lead. Though the Tigers would eventually break the serve, LMU easily took the second on a kill from Keil just a few plays later.
The Lions came out clicking on all cylinders in the third set en route to the sweep. LMU hit .324 behind four kills apiece from Keil and Luft while also receiving five total team blocks. Mirabello, who had three block assists in each of the first two sets, made it three straight in the third to guide LMU on the block. LMU forced Pacific into timeouts at 12-7 and 16-9 before running away with the 10-point victory in the third on back-to-back kills from Tedrow and Luft.
LMU will finish the home slate on Saturday, welcoming Saint Mary's to Gersten Pavilion for a match at Noon. Saturday will be LMU's Senior Day as Taylor Scioscia, Betsi Metter, Luft and Felicia Arriola all play their final home match of their careers.