Lions Win Third Straight Match
LMU defeated Cal State Bakersfield in four sets on Thursday on the road.
Nov. 14, 2013
The LMU volleyball team (14-11) won its third straight match on Thursday night, defeating host CSU Bakersfield (17-11) in four sets by scores of 25-16, 25-18, 23-25, 25-13. The Lions outhit the Roadrunners, .275-.129, including posting a .483 clip in the lopsided fourth set.
Senior Kathleen Luft had another stellar match on Thursday, hitting .400 with 18 kills on 40 swings with only two errors. The native of Thousand Oaks, Calif. added two block assists as the Lions collected 9.5 total team blocks. Setter Hannah Tedrow not only posted 44 assists, but also managed six block assists and eight digs to narrowly miss a double-double. Junior Litara Keil had a wonderful all-around match, teaming 11 kills with two aces, six digs and three block assists while hitting .391.
Debora Araujo paced the CSUB attack, notching 17 kills on 34 attacks with a .324 hitting percentage. A standout setter, Fernanda Goncalves collected the double-double, teaming 35 assists with 11 digs.
Keil came out strong for the Lions, posting six kills and two block assists to guide LMU to the opening set victory. Even at 15, LMU went on a six-point run to 21-15 with senior Taylor Scioscia at the service line. The run was highlighted by a kill from Keil and an ace from Scioscia. CSU Bakersfield managed to break the stretch on a Scioscia service error, but the Lions closed the first on a 10-1 run as Keil, Luft and Tedrow all recorded kills down the stretch.
Rachelle Suaava took command of the offense in the second, collecting four of her eight match kills in the period to help LMU to the 2-0 match lead. The Lions never trailed in the second set, opening up an 8-3 lead on a kill from Suaava. The Roadrunners inched to within a point at 12-11 on a Molly O'Hagan kill, but LMU went on a four-point run to 16-11, highlighted by kills from Amber Mirabello and Suaava, en route to running away with the set. A block from Suaava and Ayana Whitaker capped another three-point run for the Lions to 21-13 before the Lions eventually earned the 25-18 victory on a CSUB service error.
The Lions led virtually the entire way in the third set, but could not hold on for the sweep, allowing CSUB to knot the tally at 22 en route to dropping the period, 25-23. After trading blows to 23-23, Goncalves recorded her fifth kill of the match to set up set-point. Tedrow tried to sneak an attack in on the ensuing play, but O'Hagan and Goncalves were there for the block to force a fourth set. While the Lions could not record the victory, Luft had a monster third, finishing with seven kills on 13 attacks and a block assist.
Luft did not allow the match to go any further than four sets, connecting for seven kills on 12 errorless attacks as the Lions easily put the Roadrunners away in the finale. After playing to an 11-7 lead, LMU hit the accelerator, rattling-off five straight points, highlighted by a Keil ace and two Luft kills, to take a commanding 16-7 lead and exhaust both CSUB timeouts. Things did not slow down from there for the Lions as they raced to a 21-9 lead on back-to-back kills from Mirabello. Caitlin DeWitt handed LMU a match-point opportunity with a kill to make it 24-13 before Kelsee Sawyer was stuffed by Keil and Tedrow for the match.
LMU will return to action on Saturday when it travels to Pepperdine for a PCH Cup match at 1 p.m.