Spikers Look To Bounce Back After Rough Weekend
Weekly Release No. 8
Oct. 15, 2001
The Lions continue West Coast Conference action on the road this week. LMU travels south to face the University of San Diego on Friday, Oct. 19. The Lions then head back up the coast to Moraga, Calif., to take on Saint Mary's on Saturday, Oct. 20. Both contests are slated to begin at 7 p.m.
The Lions went winless last week for the first time all season suffering two WCC losses on the week. LMU fell 3-0 (30-27, 30-27, 30-20) to No. 25 Santa Clara on Friday night and then dropped a 3-2 decision (24-30, 30-28, 30-22, 21-30, 15-13) to San Francisco to end the week.
Gustorf Sets New Career-High
Despite the Lions unfortunate loss to San Francisco last Saturday night, junior Laura Gustorf had a career night against the Lady Dons posting 22 kills. Gustorf recorded a team leading hitting clip of .429 as she also took a career-high 42 swings. She smashed her old mark of 14 kills set against George Washington (9/4/99). Gustorf nearly had back-to-back career nights as she had collected 18 digs on Friday night against Santa Clara. That mark was just three shy of topping her personal-best 20 digs set against Texas El Paso (9/18/99).
DeBernardi Doubles Up
Freshman Dina DeBernardi was the only Lion to score double-digit kills totals in both matches over the weekend. DeBernardi started the weekend posting a team-leading 11 kills while hitting .318 against the Santa Clara Broncos on Friday night. On Saturday night she bettered that mark by one tallying 12 kills against San Francisco. DeBernardi took 58 swings over the course of the weekend and committed just seven errors. She has been one of the Lions' more accurate hitters posting a season hitting percentage of .332, second best on the squad.
Tindall Makes Her Debut
Freshman Audra Tindall saw her first collegiate action on Saturday night. Tindall, a defensive specialist and back-up setter from Fort Collins, Colo., was called on to help the Lions back row defense against the San Francisco Lady Dons. Tindall played in all five games against USF and collected seven digs in her first match as a Lion.
Oehlman Continues To Climb The Charts
Setter Nicole Oehlman has already made it into the LMU career record book for assists in just her second season as a Lion. Oehlman finished her rookie campaign with 1,287 assists which would have placed her seventh all-time if not for the two-season minimum for career marks. Add to that the 645 assists she has racked up this year and it places her sixth all-time with 1,932 career assists. She needs just 110 more assists to surpass Andrea Fort for fifth all-time.
Aces Wild For Gustorf
Junior Laura Gustorf has improved her aces total to 26 with the two she collected over the weekend. Gustorf leads the Lions and is second in the West Coast Conference in service aces and service ace average (0.46 per game). Earlier this season she set a new LMU record for service aces in a four-game match. Gustorf was in the zone against Indiana (Sept. 7) as she lit the Hoosiers up with seven service aces. Along with being a new LMU record, it was also a personal best for Gustorf. Her current service ace average of .47 ranks fifth on the single-season chart.
Lions Look To End Bad Streak
For the first time all season, the Loyola Marymount Lions have strung together three straight losses. The streak of bad luck began on Oct. 6 with a 3-1 loss to Pepperdine. The damage continued with losses to Santa Clara (3-0) and San Francisco (3-2) over the weekend. Prior to the recent three-match skid, LMU had not had not recorded back-to-back defeats since last year, Santa Clara 3-0 (10/21/00) and Saint Mary's 3-0 (10/27/00).
Lions In The Rankings
After falling out of the rankings weeks ago, the Lions have yet to climb back in. LMU began the 2001 season ranked No. 24 in the USA Today/AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 poll.
Head coach Steve Stratos is entering his 12th year at the helm of the Loyola Marymount women's volleyball program. In 11 seasons at LMU, Stratos has led the Lions to eight 20-win seasons and eight postseason appearances, including four consecutive in the NCAA Championships. Including the Lions record in 2001, Stratos has posted a career total of 240-108, for a .690 winning percentage, the highest in LMU volleyball history and second among current WCC coaches. In West Coast Conference action, he owns a record of 120-39, for a .755 winning percentage. With 120 career conference victories, Stratos ranks second among current WCC coaches.
The 2001 Lions will be without the services of outside hitter Jaimee Brubacher and setter Kelly Ward this season. Brubacher's volleyball career has come to an unfortunate end due to suffering from severe shin splints with compartment syndrome. The Scottsdale, Ariz., native ended her career with 389 kills and 463 digs. Ward, a native of Phoenix, Ariz., will no longer compete due to a back injury. Both Brubacher and Ward will remain a part of the LMU volleyball team supporting the squad and coaches in administrative roles.
vs. No. 25 Santa Clara - Oct. 12
The Loyola Marymount women's volleyball team suffered a tough 3-0 loss (30-27, 30-27, 30-20) to Santa Clara in front of 464 at Albert Gersten Pavilion last Friday night. Freshman Dina DeBernardi led the Lions' offensive attack with 11 kills on the night. LMU looked strong in Game 1 jumping out to an 8-1 lead. SCU came back to catch the Lions at 11-11 and went on to take the game 30-27. The Broncos won Game 2 by the same 30-27 margin and Game 3 30-20. The Lions were held to under a .200 hitting percentage in the second and third games hitting, .143 and .120, respectively. DeBernardi was the only Lions recorded double-digit kills, she hit .318 for the night. Sophomore Kealani Kimball and freshman Jody Carlson followed with nine kills each. Junior Laura Gustorf led the Lions defensively with 18 digs, sophomore Nicole Oehlman followed with 14. Kimball, along with freshman Jody Carlson, were active at the net each recording three blocks for LMU. Toni Muratore led Santa Clara's offense with 15 kills. Becky Potter and Jessie Mechem were close behind tallying 14 and 11 kills, respectively. The Broncos connected for six service aces on the night, Kelli Sousa and Jami Bari each had two.
vs. San Francisco - Oct. 13
The Lions dropped a 3-2 loss (24-30, 30-28, 30-22, 21-30, 15-13) to San Francisco in front of 273 at Albert Gersten Pavilion on Saturday night. Junior Kristen Gallup led the Lions offensively with 24 kills on the night, two shy of her career-best 26. The Lions (8-7 Overall/2-3 WCC) took Game 1, 30-24, only to drop the next two games by scores of 30-28 and 30-22. San Francisco (8-7 Overall/3-3 WCC) held LMU to a .123 hitting percentage in Game 2 and .178 in Game 3. The Lions came back to tie the match at two games apiece though with a 30-21 win in Game 4. USF was determined to leave Southern California with a win as it pulled out a 15-13 victory in Game 5. The win marked only the second ever for the Lady Dons at Gersten Pavilion. The first came back in 1988 also by a 3-2 margin. Along with her 24 kills, Gallup also collected 14 digs, earning her eighth double-double of the season. Junior Laura Gustorf was nearly unstoppable as she racked up a career-high 22 kills while also registering a team-leading .429 hitting clip. She also picked up her first double-double of the season tallying 17 digs. Sophomore Kealani Kimball and freshman Dina DeBernardi rounded out LMU's top hitters as they pounded out 15 and 12 kills, respectively. Kimball and sophomore Nicole Oehlman put up career dig totals against the Lady Dons. Kimball dug a career-best 17 balls while Oehlman's 19 were not only a career-high but also led the squad. Teresa Russell led the Lady Dons with 19 kills and picked up a double-double with 14 digs. Amanda Willnerd (16 kills, 13 digs) and April Scoggin (10 kills, 15 digs) also earned double-doubles for USF. Caroline Skacel covered the floor for San Francisco defensively, she collected a game-high 21 digs on the night.
San Diego stands tied for first place in the West Coast Conference with a perfect 5-0 record in conference play and a 14-3 overall record. The Toreros are currently enjoying a seven match winning streak that began back on Sept. 28 with a 3-0 win over then-ranked No. 20 Santa Clara. Noel Frohman is leading USD offensivley with 264 kills. She is also an expert passer and leads the Toreros with 174 digs. Friday's contest is the first of two scheduled meetings between the two schools. LMU holds a 30-8 advantage in the series.
Gaels Grab Bag
Saint Mary's has had another tough season owning a 3-13 overall record and is winless in conference play with an 0-5 mark in the WCC. The Gaels' three wins this season came against Centenary (3-0), Cal State Fullerton (3-0) and UC Irvine (3-0). Rachel Avilla leads SMC offensively with 174 kills and a 3.16 kills per game average. Defensively, Brooke Lowry is the leader with 176 digs. This is the first meeting of the season between the two squads. The Lions own a 27-4 advantage over the Gaels.