SEASON PREVIEW: Volleyball Ready for Another Run
The LMU volleyball team is in pursuit of its second consecutive NCAA berth.
Aug 28, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
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The DoubleTree Los Angeles Westside Invitatioleybalnal will begin on Friday at 4 p.m. when UCLA and Albany do battle in Gersten Pavilion...after LMU and North Texas finish Friday's action with the evening match at 7 p.m., the Mean Green and Bruins will resume play on Saturday at 10 a.m...LMU and Albany will play at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday before Albany draws North Texas in the 4:30 p.m. match...the Lions will then host the Bruins in the final match of the tournament on Saturday at 7:00 p.m...
UCLA (H) vs. Albany (V) - Friday 4 p.m. | Live Stats | Live Video
LMU vs. North Texas - Friday 7 p.m. | Live Stats | Live Video | Mobile Stats
North Texas (H) vs. UCLA (V) - Saturday 10 a.m. | Live Stats | Live Video
LMU vs. Albany - Saturday 12 p.m. | Live Stats | Live Video | Mobile Stats
Albany (H) vs. North Texas (V) - Saturday 4:30 p.m. | Live Stats | Live Video
LMU vs. UCLA - Saturday 7 p.m. | Live Stats | Live Video | Mobile Stats
North Texas is coming off a historic season in 2012, finishing 26-12 and earning the program's first berth into the finals of the Sun Belt Conference...the Mean Green now plays in Conference USA, where it is picked to finish fourth overall...sophomore Carnae Dillard and senior Courtney Windham earned spots on the Conference USA Preseason All-Conference team...Dillard was the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year last season...she was the only player in Division I in 2012 to record more than 550 kills, 275 digs and 90 blocks...
Albany earned its fifth straight America East regular season title with a 10-2 league slate and 14-15 overall record last year...after sweeping New Hampshire in the semifinals of the conference tournament, UAlbany got upset by Binghamton in the title match...Albany, which returns four players and welcomes nine newcomers, is picked to once again win the America East... Albany's leading returner in kills is junior Samantha Brostrom, who notched 163 kills in 20 matches, averaging 2.72 kills per set...
UCLA, which is ranked 12th in the nation according to the AVCA preseason poll, returns four starters and 12 letterwinners from a 2012 team which went 23-8, the program's 14th-straight season with at least 20 wins, and 14-6 in Pac-12 play, which tied for fourth in the league...the Bruins are picked to finish fifth in the always-strong Pac-12 conference...senior Kelly Reeves was named Preseason All-Pac-12...
The Lions have had a knack for coming out of the gates strong in recent memory, having won 14 of their last 16 season-openers, including a sweep of Connecticut to open the 2012 season...the only losses over that span came in 2007 to St. John's and then-No. 10 USC in 2010...LMU has recorded eight sweeps and won in four sets on five occasions...
Senior Kathleen Luft was the lone Lion named to the 2013 WCC Preseason All-Conference team...Luft collected a WCC-best 474 kills at a rate of 4.16 per set last season en route to a first team All-WCC selection...in WCC matches alone, Luft posted 254 kills at a rate of 4.31 per set...
According to the 10 West Coast Conference head coaches, the LMU women's volleyball team is tabbed to finish fifth in the WCC this year...the BYU women's volleyball team, which opens the season with a #13 ranking according to the AVCA, was chosen to win the 2013 West Coast Conference title...
One of Southern California's premier athletic facilities, Albert Gersten Pavilion is in its 32nd year as home of the Loyola Marymount Lions...since opening night, the Pavilion has become one of toughest places to play in the West Coast Conference...the Lions first moved into the facility in 1982, and recorded 14 wins in Gersten's inaugural season...since 1982, the Lions have posted an overall record of 263-143 (.648) in the friendly confines of the Pavilion...in conference play, the record is even more impressive with a 132-64 (.673) home record in WCC action...in 31 years, the 1996 (WCC volleyball championship team and Sweet Sixteen participant) and 2003 (NCAA second round appearance) squads have been the most successful with 14-1 marks, for .933 winning percentages...
In addition to Kathleen Luft on the All-Conference first team last year, Betsi Metter and Litara Keil also received honorable mention selections...Metter allso claimed her second consecutive WCC Defensive Player of the Year honor...Hannah Tedrow rounded out the Lions lauded, earning a spot on the All-Freshman team...Metter finished the regular season ranked second in the WCC in digs (511 - 4.60 per set) and third in aces (39 - .35 per set)...Keil finished the regular season ranked seventh in the WCC in blocks (115 - 1.04 per set) and 10th in attack percentage (.314), aces (34 - .31 per set) and kills (347 - 3.13 per set)...Tedrow finished the year ranked sixth in the WCC in assists with 1,045 at a rate of 9.41 per set...
After completing his third year serving as LMU head volleyball coach last season, Tom Black accepted an assistant coach position under head coach Karch Kiraly with the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team...Black will continue in his head coach role at LMU while serving on the Team USA staff for the first two years of the Olympic quadrennial before taking a sabbatical at LMU for the 2015 season...Black spent last the last three summers as a consultant coach for the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team as the squad prepared for the 2012 London Games...
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