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◊ Savannah Slattery earned a spot on the 2017 Preseason All-WCC team ... along with Emma Johnson, she was also named to the Oregon Classic All-Tournament Team
◊ LMU dropped the season opener this year (USC) for just the fourth time in the last 21 seasons (17-4)
◊ The Lions rank second in the WCC in aces (38) and aces per set (1.65)
◊ LMU allowed a .400 hitting percentage in the loss to USC on 8/25 - the first time allowing a .400+ mark since 11/20/10 vs. San Diego (.437)
◊ Kristen Castellanos and Sara Kovac were named to the USC/LMU Invitational All-Tournament team
◊ The Lions are picked to finish eighth in the WCC Volleyball Preseason Poll
◊ LMU made its 13th NCAA Tournament appearance in 2015, and has reached the Tournament in three of the last five years (2012, 2014, 2015)
◊ LMU returns three starters plus the libero from last year, including All-Freshman team member, Savannah Slattery
◊ The Lions went 19-11 overall last year, including 10-8 in the WCC to claim a share of third place in the conference standings
◊ LMU fell a win short of 20 last year, but recorded back-to-back 20+ win seasons the previous two years for the first time since 1999-00
◊ The Lions have posted 10+ WCC wins in three straight years for the first time since 1995-97
◊ LMU won the first set in 24 of 30 matches last year, but went 0-6 in five-set matches
◊ The Lions are 304-162 (.652) at home since 1982
LMU will play a pair of matches this week, hosting Long Beach State on Thursday night at 7 p.m. before traveling to San Diego to meet San Diego State on Friday at 7 p.m. ... both matches this week will feature a live video stream and live stats that can be found at LMULions.com.
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FIFTH SET WINS ARE ELUSIVE!
The five-set heartbreaking loss to #10 BYU to finish the 2016 season proved to be a fitting summary of the luck LMU had in five-set contests last season, as the Lions went 0-6 in such contests, including 0-4 at home ... as if the losses weren't enough, LMU won the first two sets in three of those six setbacks (9/27 vs. #6 San Diego; 10/27 vs. Pacific; 11/22 vs. #10 BYU) ... in addition, LMU was up 2-1 in two of the other three losses ... all six of the five-set losses came in WCC play, with two each coming against Pacific and BYU ... the five-set struggles have now leaked into 2017, as LMU led 2-1 at #14 Oregon on 9/1 only to drop the match in five.
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
One of Southern California’s premier athletic facilities, Albert Gersten Pavilion is in its 36th year as home of the Loyola Marymount volleyball in 2017 ... since opening night, the Pavilion has become one of toughest places to play in the West Coast Conference ... the volleyball 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 304-162 (.652) in the friendly confines of the Pavilion ... LMU, which went 8-6 last year at home, went 10-4 at home in 2015 ... in conference play, the record is even more impressive with a 155-76 (.671) home record in WCC action ... in 34 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.
WATCH IT LIVE ONLINE
LMU Athletics will video stream all non-televised home volleyball matches this year through the LMU Sports Network and the W.tv ... the video stream is free of charge, and will be accompanied by an audio play-by-play broadcast ... to watch any and all home matches this year, please visit LMULions.com or TheW.tv.
READY FOR THE BRIGHT LIGHTS
The West Coast Conference unveiled its 2017 broadcast schedule for volleyball, and the Lions are scheduled to play a trio of nationally-televised matches ... the Lions will visit UCLA on September 13 for a 4:30 p.m. match that will air live on the Pac-12 Network ... LMU will then travel to San Diego for a 6 p.m. match that will air on ESPNU/Watch ESPN on September 26 ... finally, the Lions will host a televised match against Santa Clara on October 12 with first serve set for 8 p.m.
PICKED BEFORE THE SERVE
The West Coast Conference released its preseason All-WCC selections, and LMU’s Savannah Slattery was honored ... Slattery finished second on the team in kills as a freshman in 2016, totaling 330 to average 3.27 per set ... she also managed 16 aces, 114 digs and 32 blocks, including four solos and 28 block assists ... the native of Malibu, Calif. contributed double-digit kills in 18 of her 29 matches played, including a season-best 24 at BYU on 10/22 in which she also collected 14 digs for one of two double-doubles on the season ... no fewer than eight programs placed at least one student-athlete on the preseason All-West Coast Conference Team ... BYU and San Diego led the way with a pair of preseason selections.
ABOUT LONG BEACH STATE
Long Beach State enters the match sporting a 1-5 overall record ... the 49ers' lone victory came at home versus Wright State ... LBSU, which has lost four straight, has dropped matches to Stanford and Kansas so far this year ... Megan Kruidhof is the team's leading attacker, boasting 81 kills at a rate of 3.86 per set ... YiZhi Xue has amassed 40 more while hitting .429 ... the Beach is hitting .176 as a team receiving sets from Alexis Patterson (175 assists) ... Hailey Harward is a threat from the service area, notching seven of LBSU's 29 team aces ... Xue and Emma Kirst provide strength on the block, collecting 22 and 20 blocks, respectively ... Long Beach is led by first-year head coach Joy McKienzie-Fuerbringer.
ABOUT SAN DIEGO STATE
San Diego State enters the week sporting a 2-4 overall record ... the Aztecs, who have lost three of the last four matches overall, most recently suffered a setback at the hands of Marshall on Saturday ... Deja Harris leads the way on the attack, registering 55 kills at a rate of 2.89 per set while hitting .433 ... Harris is also tied for the team lead in aces with five of SDSU's 25 ... proving herself an all-around player, Harris is also the team's leading blocker with 19 total blocks for the year ... Indigo Thompson sees the bulk of the setting duties, logging 149 assists to help San Diego State to a .233 hitting percentage ... San Diego State is led by ninth-year head coach Deitre Collins-Parker.
A CLASSIC DUO
LMU went 2-1 at the 2017 Oregon Classic that was hosted by then-No. 14 Oregon ... at the conclusion of play, sophomores Savannah Slattery and Emma Johnson were each named to the Oregon Classic All-Tournament team ... Johnson finished the three matches with 34 kills (2.62 per set) on 56 attacks with just five errors to record a solid .518 hitting percentage ... she also added three block solos and 13 block assists to contribute 43.5 total points ... Slattery finished the week with 43 kills (3.31 per set), four aces, 31 digs and eight block assists ... the team leader in points, she contributed 51 over the course of the weekend while collecting a pair of double-doubles.
In a preseason poll of the Conference's 10 head coaches, LMU was selected to finish eighth in the West Coast Conference in 2017 ... after marching to a fifth consecutive NCAA Sweet-16 berth, BYU was the unanimous pick as the favorite to win the West Coast Conference Volleyball Championship ... the Cougars have won or shared the four of the last five WCC titles including three straight.
WINS FOR THE AGES
LMU has managed a few streak-stopping victories over the last three years, most notably defeating Stanford, BY and UCLA ... the Lions’ latest accomplishment was a road sweep at then-#6 Stanford on 12/4/15 to advance to the 2015 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 ... the victory over the Cardinal was the first in program history, as the Lions had previously gone 0-3 and never won a set ... Stanford was also the highest-ranked opponent to be fall to the Lions (previous: 3-2 at #9 Hawaii on 9/23/05) ... LMU posted a five-set victory over then-No. 12 BYU on 10/24/15, marking the first win over the Cougars in program history (1-11) ... prior to LMU’s sweep of UCLA on 8/30/14, the Bruins had won seven straight matches over the Lions ... the all-time series now stands at 11-3 in favor of UCLA, as the Lions swept the Bruins for the second straight year on 8/30/15 in match two of the season ... 2015's victory came on the road, and was the first on the road for LMU at UCLA since December 4, 1986 (3-2) while playing in the NCAA Tournament.
IT'S JUST A NUMBER
With a victory over No. 24 Pepperdine on November 8, 2012, LMU snapped a streak of 36 straight losses to ranked opponents (previous victory: 10/5/06 at #12 Santa Clara) ... LMU finished that year 1-5 against ranked foes before going 0-4 in such matches in 2013 ... the 2014 season went much better when the Lions were pit against Top-25 squads, as LMU went 2-2 on the year ... LMU was 4-2 against ranked opponents in 2015 after beating #20 UCLA (8/30), #12 BYU (10/24), #13 Colorado State (12/3) and #6 Stanford (12/4), but went 0-5 last year, dropping a four-setter to #12 UCLA on 8/27, falling in five after leading 2-0 over #6 San Diego on 9/27, dropping a four-set match at #5 USD on 10/20, and falling in five to #16 BYU on 10/22 and 11/22 ... so far this year, LMU is 0-2 against ranked foes, suffering a sweep at the hands of then 16th-ranked Michigan on 8/26 before falling in five sets at #14 Oregon on 9/1.
LET'S SETTLE THIS ON NEUTRAL GROUND
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For the 11th consecutive year, LMU volleyball will help raise awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer through the Side-Out Foundation DiG PiNK campaign ... LMU's DiG PiNK event is scheduled for October 21 versus BYU ... fans will have the opportunity to donate at the match and bid on silent auction items, with the proceeds from the auction going to the Side-Out Foundation ... fans can donate before, during and after the match by visiting: http://bit.ly/LMUDigPink17
Separated by 19.1 miles of scenic coastline, longtime cross-town adversaries Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine came together in an effort to boost their decades-long rivalry with the creation of the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) Cup ... the series, which is in its ninth 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 ... LMU won the 2016-17 PCH Cup, 12-9.5 ... to learn more about the PCH Cup and view the current scorecard, please visit: lmulions.com/pchcup
Following the conclusion of the USC/LMU Invitational to open the season, junior Sara Kovac and senior Kristen Castellanos were named to the All-Tournament team ... Kovac finished the three matches with 28 kills on 54 swings, averaging 2.80 kills per set while hitting .352 ... the native of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada also added five block assists ... Castellanos, serving as LMU's libero, served up three aces while accumulating 37 digs to average 3.70 per set over the course of the tournament.
LMU has historically been extremely impressive in matches played at neutral sites, in which neither team is playing on their home court ... so far this year, LMU is 2-0 on neutral courts ... the Lions, who went 4-0 last year in neutral matches, went 4-1 in neutral matches in 2015 after finishing 2014 with the same 4-1 record ... LMU was 1-1 in neutral contests in 2013 after finishing 2-3 in 2012 ... 2011 saw the Lions go 4-2 in neutral matches, while they were 6-2 in 2010 ... overall, LMU is 128-59 (.684) in neutral contests since the 1983 season, including having posted perfect neutral records in nine of those 34 seasons ... over that span, LMU has had only five seasons with losing records in neutral matches.
For fans, parents and players interested in following LMU volleyball even closer this year, LMU volleyball will be posting to social media under the handle @LMU_Volleyball ... to get the inside look at LMU volleyball, make sure to follow @LMU_Volleyball on Twitter and Instagram.
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