Conference Play Heads to Saint Mary's, University of Pacific

Amber Mirabello and the Lions will travel to Saint Mary's and Pacific this week.

Oct. 9, 2013


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The Last Meeting
Saint Mary's3
Loyola Marymount1
October 6, 2012
Gersten Pavilion
Lions Fall in Four to Saint Mary's
The LMU volleyball team (10-8, 1-4 WCC) dropped its fourth consecutive West Coast Conference match on Saturday, this time falling in four sets to Saint Mary's (9-8, 4-2 WCC) by scores of 25-19, 25-18, 25-27, 25-16 in Gersten Pavilion.

The Last Meeting
Loyola Marymount0
September 16, 2011
Stockton, Calif.
Lion Attack Stumbles at Pacific
LMU (5-6) hit just .112 en route to being swept by Pacific (8-4) on Friday night at the Hilton Stockton Invitational being hosted by Pacific in the Alex G Spanos Center. The Lions, who are now 0-2 at the tournament, fell by scores of 25-22, 25-22, 25-13. Nine of LMU's matches this year have been decided in three sets, including each of its last six.

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The LMU volleyball team (8-7, 3-3 WCC) will hit the road this week for West Coast Conference matches at Saint Mary's (8-5, 4-1 WCC) and Pacific (9-7, 2-3 WCC)...Both the Thursday match against the Gaels and the Saturday match against UOP will be played at 7 stats will be available for both matches, while will broadcast the Thursday match from Moraga, Calif...

Senior Betsi Metter has had a tremendous final season as a Lion thus far, setting the all-time LMU digs record on September 13 vs. Seattle University with her 1,441st career dig...she has since run that total to 1,572 in her career...Metter enters this week one service ace short of matching the LMU record for aces in a career (record is 158 set by Heather Hughes from 2004-07)...she is currently tied with Kim Blankinship (1993-96) with 157...her .40 aces per set rank second only to Lori Rodman (.45 from 1984-87) in the LMU record, while her 4.01 digs per set are second only to Kerry House (4.89 from 1989-90)...Metter's 0.73 aces per set would rank first in the single-season record book, but she needs to appear in at least 70 sets to qualify...

Fans looking to attend a Lion home volleyball match this year can do so free of charge...every home volleyball match is open to the public, just come in, take a seat and cheer for the Lions...other LMU Athletic events free to the public in 2013-14 include men's and women's water polo, men's and women's tennis, softball and women's swimming...

LMU dropped a pair of heartbreaking five-set matches last week, falling on the road at then-No. 13 San Diego before hosting a match against BYU...a week after winning the first two sets of a match against Gonzaga on the road only to drop the match in five sets, LMU volleyball experienced déjà vu on Thursday night in San Diego...LMU received 19 kills on 37 attacks from junior Litara Keil, while senior Kathleen Luft chipped in 17 while hitting .316, but it was not enough to hold off the comeback from the Toreros...LMU's serving game was solid on Thursday in the loss, as the Lions collected eight aces behind three from Luft...Chloe Ferrari, the September WCC Player of the Month, led the attack for San Diego, hitting .471 with 19 would be expected from a pair of teams that had battled to four five-set matches in six all-time meetings, the seventh match between LMU and BYU went five sets...sophomore Rachelle Suaava had a career day on Saturday, managing a career-best 15 kills on a career-high 28 swings with just four errors for a .393 clip...Suaava also added four block assists, helping to push LMU to eight total team blocks...Luft contributed a match-high 22 kills, while Keil and Mirabello pitched-in 13 and eight, respectively...Mirabello guided the LMU block, collecting a career-high tying five block assists...

Saint Mary's enters the week sporting a 8-5 record and a 4-1 mark in the WCC after defeating Pacific in its only match last week...the Gaels have now won back-to-back matches after previously knocking off then-No. 8 San Diego on the road...Saint Mary's is paced on the attack by Kristina Graven and Jordan Shaw with 182 and 172 kills, respectively...the Gaels are hitting .245 as a team receiving sets from Dalas Dodd (WCC-high 600 assists)...Saint Mary's has accumulated 131 total blocks, led by Natalie Loos with 10 solos and 46 assists...Saint Mary's is led by ninth-year head coach Rob Browning...

Pacific enters the week sporting a 9-7 overall record and a 2-3 mark in the West Coast Conference...the Tigers have dropped three straight matches, most recently dropping a road match to Saint Mary's last week...Kat Schulz is the team's leading attacker with 161 kills at a rate of 2.88 per set...Schulz is one ace behind team leader Kimmy Whitson (18)...UOP is hitting .211 receiving sets from Whitson (482 assists)...Gillian Howard and Jennifer Sanders lead the block with 68 and 52 blocks, respectively...Pacific is led by fourth-year head coach Greg Gibbons...

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 learn more about the PCH Cup and view the current scorecard, please visit:

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 269-146 (.648) in the friendly confines of the conference play, the record is even more impressive with a 134-65 (.673) home record in WCC 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 is helping raise awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer through the Side-Out Foundation Dig Pink campaign...LMU's Dig Pink event was played on Saturday versus view LMU's team page, and to make a donation, please visit:

Senior Kathleen Luft was named WCC Player of the Week on September 23 after guiding LMU to a 2-0 week, including victories over San Francisco and Santa Clara, to start West Coast Conference play...the selection is the second of her career after being honored on November 12 of last year...the native of Thousand Oaks, Calif. collected 35 kills over the two matches (4.38 per set) while hitting .380...she also posted a pair of aces in the match against Santa Clara, including one to force match point in the five-set victory over the Broncos...she then collected the match-winner as part of her season-high 23 kill performance on Saturday...Luft collected 12 kills with just two errors on 25 swings (.400) in a sweep of San Francisco before notching the 23 kills with just three errors on 54 attacks (.370) against Santa Clara...she finished the week with eight total blocks, including three block assists against San Francisco and five more against the Broncos...following her selection, Luft was interviewed by the WCC on view that interview, please visit:

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 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...

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...

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 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 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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