Lions Open WCC Play at Home
LMU will host San Francisco and Santa Clara to open WCC play this week.
Sept. 18, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
The LMU volleyball team (5-4) will open West Coast Conference play at home this week, welcoming San Francisco (4-6) and Santa Clara (5-4) to Gersten Pavilion...the Lions will host the Dons at 7 p.m. on Thursday before the Broncos come to town on Saturday at 12 p.m...live stats and video for both matches can be viewed free of charge at LMULions.com...
LMU shared hosting duties with Long Beach State last weekend, hosting matches against the 49ers, Seattle University and College of Charleston...the Lions finished the week with a 2-1 record, sweeping Seattle and College of Charleston...senior Betsi Metter highlighted the week, setting the LMU program record for career digs on Friday against Seattle University, eventually finishing the week with 1,460 in her career (previous record was 1440 by Deanna Doolittle)...Metter collected 42 digs over the course of the week (4.67 per set), notching 16 against Long Beach State on Thursday, 16 more against Seattle University on Friday and 10 more against College of Charleston...she also collected seven aces (0.78 per set), including six in a sweep of College of Charleston on Saturday...she is now just 16 aces short of sole possession of the LMU career aces record (Heather Hughes - 158), ranking third overall....
San Francisco enters conference play sporting a 4-6 overall record, having won three of its last four matches overall...the Dons most recently suffered a sweep at the hands of San Diego State on September 14...USF opened they year having dropped four straight matches, but rebounded nicely to win four of its next five overall...Valentina Zaloznik guides the USF offense, collecting 119 kills at a rate of 2.90 per set...Katarina Pilepic and Anja Segota each have 109 kills...Zaloznik also leads the team in aces with 13 and blocks with 35 (eight solos and 27 assists)...Mackenzie Murtagh sets the offense to a .253 hitting percentage, dishing out 227 assists...the Dons as a team have posted 74 total blocks, averaging 1.80 per set...San Francisco is led by seventh-year head coach Gilad Doron...
Santa Clara enters the week sporting a 5-4 overall record, having won three of its last four matches overall...three of Santa Clara's four losses have come at the hands of top-25 opponents, with its most recent setback coming in a sweep by then-No. 23 Cal on September 13...Nikki Hess and Megan Anders lead the attack with 108 and 103 kills, respectively...Sabrina Clayton is hitting .363 with 81 kills of her own, while also serving up a team-best 15 aces...the Broncos have accumulated 53 total aces while notching 55.5 team blocks, led by Anders with three solos and 26 block assists...SCU is hitting .234 as a team receiving sets from Alyssa Anderson (284 assists)...Santa Clara is led by 15th-year head coach Jon Wallace...
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 Wells Fargo Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) Cup...the series, which is in its fifth 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...the Lions currently lead the Waves this year, 1-0...Pepperdine has won the challenge in each of the first four seasons...to learn more about the PCH Challenge and view the current scorecard, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/6n4l82s
HOME SWEET HOME
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 267-145 (.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...
For the seventh 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 will be played on October 5 versus BYU...fans are encouraged to wear pink and can donate at the match...LMU Athletics will be giving away pink wristbands to fans in attendance...
A pair of Lions earned All-Tournament honors at the conclusion of the UTSA Classic, as junior Litara Keil and sophomore Hannah Tedrow each were lauded...Keil collected 38 kills in just two matches played at the tournament, averaging 4.75 kills per set...the native of Long Beach, Calif. had 18 kills on 45 swings for a .289 hitting percentage against Texas A&M before notching 20 more on 42 swings (.333) against host UTSA...she hit .310 over the course of the two matches...Tedrow dished-out 117 assists in three matches played, averaging 11.70 assists per set...active on the attack in her own right, she collected eight kills on 16 attacks...the native of Foothill Ranch, Calif. also managed a block solo and three block assists...for Tedrow, the All-Tournament selection was the first of her career, while Keil has earned one All-Tournament selection in each of her first three years at LMU...
LMU seniors Kathleen Luft and Betsi Metter earned All-Tournament honors at the conclusion of the DoubleTree Los Angeles Westside Invitational... Luft led the Lions in kills per set at 3.57, collecting 25 in seven sets played...Metter was outstanding from the service area throughout the tournament, posting a tournament-high 14 aces, including six in the season-opener against Albany...UCLA's Karsta Lowe was named Tournament MVP after log gin a tournament-best 52 kills at a rate of 5.20 per set...fellow Bruin, Kelly Reeves, also earned an All-Tournament nod...North Texas' Courtney Windham was the lone Mean Green selection, earning the distinction after leading all players in blocks...the senior had three block solos and nine block assists to average 1.33 blocks per set...Albany's Amanda Dolan took home All-Tournament honors for the Great Danes, posting 17 kills with only five errors on 49 swings for a .245 hitting percentage, good for eighth at the tournament...UCLA won the DoubleTree Los Angeles Westside Invitational with a 3-0 record, followed by LMU at 2-1, North Texas at 1-2 and Albany at 0-3...
GET OFF ON THE RIGHT PAW
The Lions have had a knack for coming out of the gates strong in recent memory, having won 15 of their last 17 season-openers, including a sweep of North Texas to open the 2013 season...the only losses over that span came in 2007 to St. John's and then-No. 10 USC in 2010...LMU has recorded nine sweeps and won in four sets on five occasions...
PICKED BEFORE THE SERVE
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...
THE SURVEY SAYS
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 opened the season with a #13 ranking according to the AVCA, was chosen to win the 2013 West Coast Conference title...
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...
U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A
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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