Volleyball Stumbles in Five at San Francisco
LMU dropped the final match of the regular season at San Francisco in five sets.
Nov. 17, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - The LMU volleyball team (18-12, 8-8 WCC) dropped a five-set match to San Francisco (16-13, 7-9 WCC) on Saturday to conclude the 2012 regular season. The Dons defeated the Lions by scores of 25-21, 21-25, 25-22, 14-25, 15-12 behind 15 team blocks. As would be expected with such a tight match, the two teams played to 26 tie scores and eight lead changes throughout the day.
Neither team hit for a high percentage in the match, as LMU posted a .185 clip compared to San Francisco's .161. Junior Kathleen Luft proved to be a bright spot for the Lions, hitting .246 with a match-best 25 kills on 65 swings. Sophomore Litara Keil managed a double-double, teaming 10 kills with 10 digs. Junior Betsi Metter led the charge from the service area, serving-up three of LMU's eight aces on the day. Hannah Tedrow dished-out 59 assists for the Lions.
Valentina Zaloznik had an all-around solid match for USF, combining 11 kills with a service ace, a block solo and five block assists. Jocelyn Levig had a team-high 16 kills, while Ester DeVries had 15 in her own right. Leanna Ludes set the offense with 45 assists.
Five kills from Zaloznik, combined with three USF team blocks, allowed the Dons to take the first set by a count of 25-21. Rebecca Kopilovitch, who finished with 25 digs on the match, tallied 11 in the first set alone to help keep the ball alive for USF. The Dons finished the period hitting .244 while holding LMU to a .133 clip on the other side of the net.
Luft took things into her own hands in the second set, posting seven kills on 16 swings to push LMU to a 25-21 victory. Sophomore Caitlin DeWitt also posted four kills on nine attacks to help LMU to a .250 hitting percentage. Despite five kills from Levig and four more team blocks, USF was unable to best the Lions in the second after hitting .222. The difference in the period was demonstrated from the service area, where LMU posted five aces, including two from Metter.
San Francisco came out swinging in the third set, taking a 25-22 victory behind a .364 team hitting clip. DeVries had four kills on eight swings in the set, while Levig contributed three kills on six attacks. Luft continued to produce for the Lions, posting five kills, but it was not enough to earn the third set and the 2-1 advantage in the match score.
In what proved to be the most lopsided of the five sets, LMU hit .364 and held San Francisco to a -.021 clip en route to taking a 25-14 victory to force a fifth set. Senior Kenna Crouse had five kills on 10 errorless attacks, while Luft had four kills on 10 swings. As it did in the second set, LMU posted 23 digs to create opportunities on the offensive side of the ball. The Lion block also turned in its best mark with three blocks, highlighted by three block assists from Keil.
Neither team produced a solid offensive attack in the decisive fifth set, as USF out-hit the Lions by a count of .091 to .000. Luft led all players with four kills in the finale, but four Don blocks spelled doom for the Lions in the end. Malina Terrell had a block solo and one block assist, while Leving finished the period with a solo and two assists.
Should the 2012 season come to an end, LMU would finish with 18 victories - the most since the 2006 squad posted 19.