Volleyball Hosts Pepperdine in Wells Fargo PCH Cup Match Thursday

Caitlin DeWitt and the Lions will host Pepperdine on Thursday.

Oct. 15, 2013

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The Last Meeting
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November 8, 2012
Gersten Pavilion
Lions Defeat No. 24 Pepperdine on Senior Night
The LMU volleyball team (16-11, 7-7 WCC) took down No. 24 Pepperdine (18-9, 7-6 WCC) by scores of 25-14, 21-25, 25-19, 25-22 on Thursday night in Gersten Pavilion. The Lions honored senior Kenna Crouse prior to the match as part of Senior Night. With the victory, LMU took a 4.5-3 lead in the Wells Fargo PCH Cup that pits LMU against Pepperdine in athletic events throughout the year.

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The LMU volleyball team (8-9, 3-5 WCC) will look to snap a season-high four-match losing streak on Thursday when it welcomes cross-town rival Pepperdine (9-7, 3-5 WCC) to Gersten Pavilion for the lone match of the week...Thursday's match, which is slated for 7 p.m., will be played as part of the Wells Fargo PCH Cup competition between LMU and Pepperdine...

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 Cup and view the current scorecard, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/6n4l82s

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 and the all-time career aces record on October 9 at Saint Mary's...Metter currently owns 1,612 digs and 160 aces in her career, passing Deanna Doolittle (1,440 digs from 1990-93) and Heather Hughes (158 aces from 2004-07) for those records...her .40 aces per set rank second only to Lori Rodman (.45 from 1984-87) in the LMU record, while her 4.02 digs per set are second only to Kerry House (4.89 from 1989-90)...Metter's 0.68 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 West Coast Conference matches last week, falling on the road at Saint Mary's in five sets on Thursday before dropping a four-setter at Pacific on Saturday night...senior Betsi Metter provided a highlight for LMU on Thursday, notching a pair of aces to run her career total to 159 and set a new LMU program record...Metter recorded her first ace of the match in the first set before eventually setting the record in the fourth...Felicia Arriola recorded a double-double for the Lions, teaming 14 kills with 13 digs while hitting .314...the Lions collected 12 total team blocks in the loss, led by Litara Keil with eight block assists...Keil also paced the Lion attack with 15 kills on 40 swings...the Lions then dropped a four-set match to Pacific on Saturday in the first-ever WCC match between the two teams...senior Kathleen Luft led all players with 18 kills, but Pacific countered with 12 from Megan Birch and 10 apiece from Gillian Howard and Kat Schulz...sophomore Avery Bush managed three of LMU's six aces on the night, falling just one short of a career-high...Amber Mirabello continued her solid play of late, notching 11 more kills while hitting a team-best .333 on 24 swings...senior Felicia Arriola collected her fourth double-double of the year, and the third in as many matches, teaming 11 kills with 13 digs...

Pepperdine enters the week sporting a 9-7 record and a 3-5 mark in the WCC after splitting a pair of road matches last week...the Waves defeated Pacific in five sets on Thursday before being swept by Saint Mary's on Saturday...Pepperdine is led by Katie Messing on the attack, collecting 214 kills at a rate of 3.63 per set...Messing is hitting .294, while Samantha Cash is connecting at a .340 clip to the tune of 151 kills...Becca Strehlow sets the attack for Pepperdine, dishing out 537 assists at a rate of 10.33 per set...Taylor Racich has guided Pepperdine to 60 aces, serving up 18...the Waves have played to 161 total team blocks, highlighted by five solos and 79 block assists from Cash...Pepperdine is led by 31st-year head coach Nina Matthies...

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 Pavilion...in conference play, the record is even more impressive with a 134-65 (.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 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 BYU...to view LMU's team page, and to make a donation, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/2013LMUDigPink

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 TheW.tv...to view that interview, please visit: http://bit.ly/180R5lJ

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...

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 selection...in 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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