Ranked Opponents #21 BYU, #8 San Diego on Tap
LMU will travel to #21 BYU on Thursday before hosting #8 San Diego on Saturday.
Oct. 30, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
The LMU volleyball team (11-9, 6-5 WCC) will play a crucial pair of West Coast Conference volleyball matches this week, visiting WCC frontrunner #21 BYU (17-4, 10-1 WCC) and hosting #8 San Diego (17-3, 9-2 WCC)...the Lions dropped heartbreaking five-set matches to both teams earlier this year...LMU will travel to Provo, Utah on Thursday for a match at 6 p.m. before welcoming the Toreros to Gersten on Saturday at Noon...
DONATE TO LMU'S NEWEST TEAM MEMBER
This year, the LMU Volleyball Team adopted their newest team member, 6 year old, Aliyah Islava, who was diagnosed with a medullablastoma, a malignant brain tumor...with your support you can help Friends of Jaclyn (FOJ) continue their mission and help Aliyah and her family with a donation today! FOJ is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children and their families who are battling pediatric brain tumors and to raise awareness about this disease...FOJ pairs up children and their families battling pediatric brain tumors with college and high school sports teams...the teams give these children love, support and friendship as they fight this disease...they celebrate each day by creating lasting relationships between student-athletes, the child, and their families...this greatly improves the quality of life for children with brain tumors, as well as those who support them...to donate to FOJ and Aliyah, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/Aliyah-FOJ
WHAT A WEEK FOR KEIL
Junior middle blocker Litara Keil was named West Coast Conference Player of the Week after guiding the LMU volleyball team to a 2-0 record last week in conference play, including victories over Portland and Gonzaga...Keil hit .492 with 39 kills on 61 attacks with only nine errors over the two matches, averaging 5.57 kills per set...She turned in 22 kills on 33 attacks with only four errors (.545) on Thursday against Portland before collecting 17 more kills on 28 attacks (.429) on Saturday against Gonzaga...Keil also added a service ace and three block assists against Portland...The WCC Player of the Week selection is the second of the year for LMU (Kathleen Luft - September 23), and the first of Keil's career...
EVERYONE'S A VIP
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...
The LMU volleyball team turned in a perfect 2-0 week last week, defeating Portland and Gonzaga at home in WCC play...the Lions earned a sweep of the season series over Portland on Thursday, earning a four-set victory over the Pilots...junior Litara Keil had an outstanding match, collecting 22 kills on 33 attacks with only four errors for a .545 hitting percentage...LMU as a team hit .385, its highest mark of the year. Joining Keil on the attack were Kathleen Luft (12 kills - .375 hitting), Amber Mirabello (eight kills - .636 hitting) and Caitlin DeWitt (seven kills - .438 hitting)...the Lions managed five aces in the match, including a pair from setter Hannah Tedrow...Tedrow set the Lions to the season-high hitting percentage, dishing out 47 assists...the Lions recorded a sweep of visiting Gonzaga on Saturday afternoon...Keil finished a stellar week of play on Saturday afternoon, posting 17 kills on 28 swings for a .429 hitting percentage...Luft contributed 13 kills on 33 attacks for a .303 clip, while DeWitt and Mirabello turned in eight and six kills, respectively...
A METTER ABOVE THE REST
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 1,660 digs and 164 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 4.04 digs per set are second only to Kerry House (4.89 from 1989-90)...Metter's 0.64 aces per set in 2013 ranks second in the single-season record book, while her 48 aces rank eighth...
THIS WEEK IN LMU ATHLETICS
In addition to volleyball on Saturday, LMU Athletics will participate in a number of big sporting events in and around the LMU campus...this week kicks off "First Look Week" at LMU as the 2013-14 basketball season tips off and the WCC cross country championships are in Southern California for the first time since the 1980s...the week begins with men's water polo taking on WWPA foe UC Davis on Friday, Nov. 1 at 3 pm, then the WCC Championships for men's and women's cross country on the campus of Pepperdine University and LMU rowing at the Bove Boathouse on Saturday morning...following the WCC Championships, will be the women's volleyball team taking on #8 San Diego in a key WCC match at Noon in Gersten...that night, the LMU men's basketball team will give fans their first look to the 2013-14 squad as they play their lone exhibition game, taking on Cal Lutheran at 7:30 pm...on Sunday, men's water polo is back in action when they host school rival Santa Clara at the Burns Aquatics Center at 11 am...the First Look Week will end on Monday, Nov. 4 when the women's basketball team gives their first look to fans when they face Cal State San Bernardino in their lone exhibition at 7 pm...
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No. 21 BYU enters the week sporting a 17-4 overall record and a 10-1 mark in the West Coast Conference...the Cougars started the WCC slate 10-0 before most recently dropping a five-set match to Saint Mary's...Alexa Gray is the team's leading attacker, collecting 295 kills at a rate of 3.60 per set...Gray is hitting a healthy .304...Camry Godfrey has collected a team-best 24 aces...Godfrey sets the attack to a .261 clip, dishing out 880 assists at a rate of 10.73 per set...always strong on the block, BYU has accumulated 244 total team blocks, led by Kathryn LeCheminant with six solos and 93 block assists...BYU is led by third-year head coach Shawn Olmstead...
No. 8 San Diego enters the week sporting a 17-3 record and a 9-2 mark in the WCC, having won eight straight matches...the Toreros, who reached as high as No. 2 in the nation this year, most recently swept Saint Mary's and Pacific...the Toreros have twice played the top-ranked team in the nation, falling in five to Texas on August 31 before defeating USC in four sets on September 13...Chloe Ferrari and Katie Hoekman pace the attack for USD, posting .454 and .358 hitting percentages...Ferrari has managed 216 kills while Hoekman has collected 193...Alaysia Brown and Sandra Lozic have posted 215 and 213 kills, respectively...the Toreros are hitting .263 as a team...Jianna Bonomi sets the offense to the solid clip, dishing out 544 assists at a rate of 7.45 per set...Ferrari is also a force on the block, notching 10 solos and 53 assists for 63 total blocks, guiding USD to 135 total team blocks (1.85 per set)...San Diego is led by 13th-year head coach Jennifer Petrie...
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 272-146 (.651) in the friendly confines of the Pavilion...in conference play, the record is even more impressive with a 137-65 (.678) 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...
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, 2-0...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
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
LUFT LIFTS LIONS
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...
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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