A Sweep on Senior Day

LMU won a PCH Cup point by way of a sweep over Pepperdine on Senior Day Saturday.
Nov. 21, 2015

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. -

The LMU volleyball team (21-8, 12-5 WCC) sent the seniors out of Gersten Pavilion in a big way on Saturday, sweeping rival Pepperdine (17-13, 8-9 WCC) by scores of 28-26, 25-20, 25-16 on Senior Day. With the victory, LMU earned a point in the Wells Fargo PCH Cup standings.

Prior to the match, LMU volleyball recognized its five senior players, Rachelle Suaava, Hannah Tedrow, Amber Mirabello, Avery Bush and Christine Kerrigan-Okamoto.

Sophomore Sarah Sponcil led the way for LMU, collecting a double-double of 13 kills with 11 digs to accompany a pair of service aces. Sponcil, a native of Phoenix, Ariz. hit .400 for the match, making just one error on 30 swings.

Playing in her final match at Gersten Pavilion, Suaava managed seven kills, an ace, a block solo and three block assists. Likewise, Tedrow had 35 assists in her final home match of an illustrious career that will leave her in the top-three in LMU history for assists. Mirabello totaled six kills on 11 errorless attacks to finish the day hitting .545. Bush had seven digs and one assist, while Kerrigan-Okamoto took to the floor for the second time in her career as LMU secured the sweep.

The Lions hit .325 in the opener behind eight kills on 15 swings with two aces from Sponcil. The first set proved to be an even battle, as Pepperdine erased an early deficit to cut within one point at 17-16 on a Brooke Honeycutt kill. Fortunately, LMU won four of the next six points out of the break, burning a Wave timeout, and pushed to set point at 24-23 on a Mirabello kill. Pepperdine managed to escape the first two set point chances, and even had its own chance to win the first at 26-25, but LMU won three straight down the stretch, including the final two on kills from Sponcil, to put the set away.

LMU held Pepperdine to just .069 hitting in the second en route to securing the 25-20 victory. The two teams battled even to 12, but LMU managed to put some distance between the two from there. Kills from Sponcil and Suaava got the run going to 14-12 before a kill from Jamie Lea, a Wave attack error and a block from Mirabello and Lea forced a Pepperdine timeout at 19-15. Pushing forward out of the break, LMU reached set point at 24-19 on a Kekai Whitford kill. Lea, who had 10 match kills, closed the set two points later with her second and final kill of the second.

It was all LMU in the third, as the Lions hit .357 and held Pepperdine to a .067 clip en route to running away with the sweep. Lea posted eight kills on 11 errorless attacks in the finale to guide the way for LMU. Sponcil had just one kill in the third, but did collect six digs to meet double-double mark. After playing close to 13-12, LMU went on a 6-0 run, highlighted by a pair of blocks from Suaava, to open up the set at 19-12. LMU moved to match point at 24-15 when Lea connected on back-to-back kills, and eventually earned the sweep on a service error from Pepperdine senior Lara Dykstra.

LMU will conclude the regular season on Tuesday when it travels to San Diego for a match at 6 pm.

 

 

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