Women's Volleyball

Lions Hit Road for First Time, Travel to High Point Invitational

LMU will hit the road for the first time in 2012 this weekend.
LMU will hit the road for the first time in 2012 this weekend.

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THIS WEEK: LMU will hit the road for the first time this season, traveling to High Point, N.C. to participate in the High Point University Invitational this weekend...LMU will play a trio of new opponents, having never clashed with Virginia Tech (Friday - 1:30 p.m. PT), High Point (Saturday - 8:00 a.m. PT) or George Mason (Saturday - 2:00 p.m. PT) in program history...

TOURNAMENT NOTES: All three matches will feature live stats, while LMU's match against HPU will be streamed online for a small fee...links to live stats and the video broadcast can be found on the LMU volleyball schedule...

LION TRACKS: LMU, co-hosting a tournament with UC Irvine, finished a tournament with a 2-1 record last weekend, defeating Colgate and UC Irvine before dropping a four-set match to Arizona State in the Tournament Championship match...sophomore Litara Keil and junior Kathleen Luft were each named to the All-Tournament team at the conclusion of play...for Luft, the selection is her second in as many tournaments...

SEASON TICKET SCARF: LMU's season ticket scarf campaign is back once again - and it's better than ever...LMU is offering the Season Ticket Scarf Pack for season access to not only volleyball, but to women's basketball, men's soccer, women's soccer, men's water polo, women's water polo, softball and baseball at one low price...for just $30, you get access to all home preseason and regular season events for volleyball and these additional seven Division I programs - more than 100 home games at LMU...in addition, as the name suggests, the Season Ticket comes with the limited edition LMU Scarf, which is your access to those 100-plus games...for more information, and to purchase, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/8b4v2qn

LET'S SETTLE THIS ON NEUTRAL GROUND: LMU has been extremely impressive in matches played at neutral sites, in which neither team is playing on their home court...LMU was 4-2 in neutral matches last year after finishing 6-2 in 2010...overall, LMU is 37-10 (.787) in neutral contests over the last 11 seasons, including having posted perfect neutral records in five of those 11 seasons...over that span, the only year in which LMU did not manage at least a .500 record was in 2004 - playing to a 0-2 mark...

DUAL TOURNAMENT TALENTS: LMU placed a pair of players, sophomore Litara Keil and junior Kathleen Luft, on the LMU/UCI Dual Tournament All-Tournament team after finishing 2-1 in tournament play...Luft, who earned her second All-Tourney nod in as many chances, collected 48 kills (4.36 per set) over the three matches...she hit .209 during the weekend, serving-up three aces and recording 26 digs and three block assists...the native of Thousand Oaks, Calif. began the weekend with 20 kills in a four-set victory over Colgate, hitting .441 over the course of the match...her week culminated in her first double-double as a Lion (18 kills/14 digs) against Arizona State...Keil, a native of Long Beach, Calif., collected 28 kills while hitting .232 over the three matches...steady on the block, Keil notched four block solos and 11 block assists on the week, including three solos and two assists in a sweep of UC Irvine on Friday night...the sophomore narrowly missed a double-double of her own against Arizona State, teaming nine kills with a career-best 11 digs...

HOME SWEET HOME: One of Southern California's premier athletic facilities, Albert Gersten Pavilion is in its 31st 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 258-139 (.650) in the friendly confines of the Pavilion...in conference play, the record is even more impressive with a 128-60 (.681) home record in WCC action...in 30 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...

AS CONSISTENT AS THEY COME: LMU is 4-2 after six matches this year, but that is hardly a surprise for the diehard LMU volleyball fan...LMU has been 4-2 after six matches in each of the last five years...the Lions have also been 4-2 after six in eight of the last 15 years...LMU was 6-0 three times ('03, '00, '98), 5-1 three times (`05, `04, '02), and 3-3 once (2007) over that span...

A HITTING DISCREPANCY: While LMU's .235 team hitting percentage through six matches isn't through the roof, the Lions have allowed just a .097 mark from its opponents - easily the lowest mark allowed over the last 15 years...prior to this season, LMU's lowest mark was .135 in 2003...the Lions have held opponents under .140 hitting in all but one match this year, including limiting UConn and Colgate to negative clips...


The purpose of TEAM LMU is to bring Lion fans together as one, creating an atmosphere that helps build the Lions into champions, while allowing all to enjoy the benefits of our corporate partners...for more information about TEAM LMU, log on to: http://www.LMULions.com/teamlmu

DOUBLETREE ALL-TOURNEY: Two players from each of the participating schools at the DoubleTree Los Angeles Westside Invitational were named to the All-Tournament team, including LMU's Betsi Metter and Kathleen Luft...Metter, LMU's starting libero, posted 60 digs at a rate of 6.67 digs/set...the reigning WCC Defensive Player of the Year posted a match-best 28 digs against UC Santa Barbara on Saturday night - her best mark this year and the second-most in a three-set match for LMU since 1998...she also managed 20 in three sets against UConn to open the season, placing tied for 10th-best at LMU since 1998...Luft, who transferred to LMU from Georgia, had a stellar debut weekend for the Lions, posting a team-high tying 33 kills at a rate of 3.67 per set...the junior hit .301 over the three matches, including a blistering .591 against Iona College on Saturday afternoon...

WHAT A CLASS: LMU volleyball's incoming recruiting class was tabbed Highest Honorable Mention by PrepVolleyball.com for the second straight year...the class includes incoming freshmen Sara Myers (OH - Episcopal School of Dallas), Rachelle Suaava (MB/RS - Long Beach Poly) and Hannah Tedrow (S - Orange Lutheran), in addition to transfer Kathleen Luft (OH - University of Georgia) and walk-on Avery Bush...LMU was one of just two West Coast Conference schools on the list, as Pepperdine was also lauded...in order to determine the top recruiting classes, PrepVolleyball.com petitions a panel of college coaches from across the country to develop the list...

U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A: For the third consecutive summer, LMU volleyball head coach Tom Black served as a consultant coach for the US Women's National Team as it prepared for the 2012 London Games...Black primarily assisted in the training sessions at the American Sports Center...while working with the US squad, which earned a silver medal at the Olympics, Black instructed alongside volleyball legends in Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon and coaches Karch Kiraly and Paula Weishoff...

BIG WEST...BIG PEST: LMU is slated to play three teams from the Big West Conference this year...the Lions were swept by UC Santa Barbara on August 25 before sweeping UC Irvine on August 31 in tournament play...the final Big West foe on the schedule is Cal State Northridge (Nov. 10)...the Lions have played better than .500 against the Big West under Head Coach Tom Black, sporting a 7-5 overall record, but the program overall is sub-.500 at 79-92...LMU has had its most success against Cal State Fullerton, going 22-4 overall, including 2-0 under Black...Long Beach State has been the hardest on the Lions, holding a 17-3 mark all-time against LMU...

ONLINE YEARBOOK: LMU Athletics is proud to offer fans interactive yearbooks once again this year...all LMU yearbooks bring fans clickable content featuring videos and live updated web links...LMU interactive yearbooks will continue to feature player and coach biographies, team histories, and information about Loyola Marymount University and its athletics programs, while working in tandem with LMU's official athletics website, www.LMULions.com, to offer up-to-date statistics and news...to view the 2012 volleyball yearbook, please visit:
 http://tinyurl.com/9gkj3t9

IT'S JUST A NUMBER...: The Lions are scheduled to play eight matches this year against teams that at least received votes in the 2012 AVCA Division I Coaches Top-25 Preseason Poll...the ranked foes will all come in conference play, as Pepperdine (No. 11), San Diego (No. 19), BYU and Saint Mary's all at least received votes...LMU played five matches against ranked foes last year, finishing 0-5 in those contests...rankings have been nothing short of perfect in the recent past when predicting LMU's fate against ranked opponents, as the Lions have dropped 31 consecutive matches against those teams...the last Lion victory against a ranked opponent came on October 5, 2006 at Santa Clara, as the Lions earned a sweep of the then-No. 12 Broncos...

TECH TALK: Virginia Tech enters the week sporting a 4-2 record after earning a trio of victories at the Hilton Garden Inn Hokie Invitational last weekend...the Hokies are led by Samantha Gosling with 77 kills at a rate of 3.50 per set...Jordan Fish has set the offense to a .308 hitting percentage, dishing-out 247 assists...four Hokie players, including Gosling, have accumulated six service aces on the young season...Virginia Tech is coached by sixth-year head coach Chris Riley...

HIGH POINTS: High Point enters the week sporting a 5-3 overall record after knocking-off UNC Greensboro on Tuesday of this week to snap a two-match skid...the Panthers are led by Courtney Johnk with 109 kills at a rate of 3.30 per set...Johnk has also served-up a team-best 11 aces...Maddie Simpson sets the offense, passing out 281 assists at a rate of 9.06 per set...High Point has proven strong on the block, notching 72 team blocks this year at a rate of 2.18 per set...Caity Farus leads the team on the block, contributing five solos and 25 block assists...High Point is led by fourth-year head coach Jason Oliver...

PATRIOT GAMES: George Mason enters the week sporting a 2-5 record, having dropped three of its last four matches overall...most recently, the Patriots lost to Navy in four sets on September 2...Lana Zonjic paces the squad offensively, collecting 69 kills at a rate of 2.88 per set...Tori Price sets the offense to a .159 hitting percentage, dishing-out 201 assists...George Mason has amassed 54.5 team blocks this year, led by four solos and 25 block assists from Lolade Owokoniran...George Mason is led by 28th-year head coach Pat Kendrick...

PICKED BEFORE THE SERVE: Junior Betsi Metter was the lone Lion named to the 2012 WCC Preseason All-Conference team...named West Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year after posting a conference-best 538 digs at a rate of 4.89 per set, Metter garnered honorable mention All-West Coast Conference honors as a sophomore while also claiming a spot on the All-Academic squad last year...the 538 digs and 4.89 digs per set were good enough to rank second in LMU's single-season record book...on the serve, Metter managed 42 aces at a rate of 0.38 per set to place third in the WCC...staking her claim as one of the best players in the conference, she was named WCC Player of the Week on October 31 - the only libero lauded by the WCC throughout the season...

ALL-CONFERENCE RETURNERS: In addition to Betsi Metter on the honorable mention team (see "PICKED BEFORE THE SERVE"), LMU's Litara Keil also received postseason honors from the West Coast Conference...the native of Long Beach, Calif. took home All-Freshman team honors...a COBRA Magazine All-Southwest Region selection, Keil started all 30 matches in her inaugural year, leading all LMU players on the block with 20 block solos and 85 block assists at a rate of 0.97 blocks per set...making a name for herself right away, Keil posted a season-best three block solos in her first match of her career against Cal State Fullerton on August 26...

THE SURVEY SAYS: According to the nine West Coast Conference head coaches, the LMU women's volleyball team is tabbed to finish tied for sixth in the WCC this year...Saint Mary's College and the University of San Diego each received 59 points and four first place votes to share the top spot in the preseason poll...the Gaels finished fourth last season, while the Toreros finished second behind Pepperdine...this year, the Waves were chosen to finish third with 53 points and the remaining first place vote in the poll...BYU, last year's third-place finisher, was picked to finish fourth this season with 42 points, followed by the University of San Francisco with 33...LMU and Santa Clara University tied for sixth with 27 points apiece, while the University of Portland and Gonzaga University rounded out the list with 13 points and 11 points, respectively...


For the sixth consecutive year, LMU volleyball will help raise awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer through the DiG PiNK campaign...LMU's DiG PiNK event will be played on October 4 versus BYU...to view LMU's team page, and to make a donation, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/8e9xkh5

WELLS FARGO PCH CUP: Separated by 19.1 miles of scenic coastline, longtime cross-town adversaries Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine have come together in an effort to boost their decades-long rivalry with the creation of the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) Challenge...the series, which is in its fourth year, serves as an annual scorecard for the NCAA-sponsored athletic contests between the Lions and Waves, and challenges each institution to rise above the other within the West Coast Conference...any head-to-head competition, including matches in the post-season and tournaments throughout the year, will be counted toward the scoring and added to the scorecard as they occur...for the sports in which the two teams do not meet head-to-head, the teams will battle for points that will be awarded on the basis of overall finish at their respective post-season championships...Pepperdine has won the challenge in each of the first three seasons...to learn more about the PCH Challenge and view the current scorecard, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/6n4l82s

GET OFF ON THE RIGHT PAW: 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 three-set victory over UConn 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...

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