Lions Record Senior Day Sweep

Senior Kathleen Luft posted 16 kills on Senior Day.

Nov. 9, 2013

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The LMU volleyball team (13-11, 8-7 WCC) celebrated Senior Day on Saturday by sweeping Saint Mary's (13-9, 9-5 WCC) by scores of 25-22, 25-22, 25-23 in Gersten Pavilion. The Lions honored their four senior players, Kathleen Luft, Taylor Scioscia, Betsi Metter and Felicia Arriola, prior to the match.

Luft made the most of her final game played in Gersten Pavilion, notching a match-best 16 kills on 31 attacks with only two errors for a .452 hitting percentage. Sophomore Amber Mirabello had another tremendous match for the Lions, teaming eight kills (.538 hitting) with a block solo and two block assists. The Lions, who hit .268 over the three periods, received sets from Hannah Tedrow with 39 assists. The native of Foothill Ranch, Calif. managed a double-double in the match, combining the 39 assists with 10 digs.

Jordan Shaw led the Saint Mary's attack with 11 kills on 28 swings (.321), also serving up two aces and posting six digs.

After singing the National Anthem to start the match, Luft came out strong on Senior Day, collecting five kills on eight swings with just one error for a .500 hitting percentage as the Lions took the opener by a score of 25-22. Mirabello also had a stellar start to the match, posting three kills and a block assist. After surrendering the first point of the match on an ace from Dalas Dodd, LMU got back to even and never trailed the rest of the way in a close set. Tied at 21 apiece, LMU rattled-off a pair of points before eventually taking the period on an ace from Arriola.

Luft kept up the strong match in the second, hitting .600 with six kills on 10 errorless attacks to guide LMU to a .400 team clip. Saint Mary's managed a .289 hitting percentage on the other side of the net, but the Lion attack, that also included four kills from Arriola, proved too strong. The Lions never trailed in the second, racing out to an early 7-3 lead on a Luft kill. Saint Mary's was forced into calling a timeout at 12-9 and then again at 23-17 as Arriola found the floor for her fourth kill of the period. Although Saint Mary's managed to erase a pair of set-point chances, Litara Keil eventually notched her third kill of the set to push LMU to a 2-0 match lead.

Although LMU hit just .189 in the finale, five kills apiece from Luft and Keil proved just enough to record the sweep of the Gaels. Tedrow added two service aces as LMU finished with five on the match, while the Lions combined for two team blocks in the third. After playing even to 11 points, LMU strung together three-straight to take a short lead it would not relinquish. The Gaels stayed close, playing to within a point at 20-19, but LMU once again hit the accelerator from there, going on another run to take a 23-19 advantage. Refusing to surrender without a fight, Saint Mary's wasted two match-point chances and forced the Lions into a timeout at 24-23, but LMU emerged from the huddle and fed Luft for the final time at home in her stellar two-year career.

The Lions will return to action on November 14 at 7 p.m. when they travel to Cal State Bakersfield for a non-conference match.




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