Women's Volleyball

Lions Host Portland, Visit #17 BYU

Head Coach Tom Black and the Lions will welcome Portland to Gersten on Thursday before traveling to No. 17 BYU on Saturday.

Head Coach Tom Black and the Lions will welcome Portland to Gersten on Thursday before traveling to No. 17 BYU on Saturday.

Oct. 31, 2012

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -

The Last Meeting
Loyola Marymount3
Portland0
October 20, 2012
Portland, OR
Lions Continue Road Success with Sweep of Portland
The LMU volleyball team (13-9, 4-5 WCC) continued to play well on the road on Saturday afternoon, knocking-off Portland (6-17, 0-9 WCC) in three sets to improve to 5-1 on the road this year. The Lions handily defeated the Pilots by scores of 25-18, 25-16, 25-14.

The Last Meeting
BYU3
Loyola Marymount2
October 4, 2012
Gersten Pavilion
#16 BYU Blocks Lion Upset Bid in Five
The LMU volleyball team (10-7, 1-3 WCC) took the first two sets of a match against #16 BYU (16-1, 4-1 WCC) on Thursday night, but the Cougar blocking game picked up in the third as the visitors won the final three sets of the match to earn the victory, 20-25, 21-25, 25-20, 25-15, 15-8. The Cougars finished with 22 team blocks, including a career-best 17 block assists from Nicole Warner. LMU has now dropped 33 straight matches to ranked opponents, including two heartbreaking defeats over the last week against the 16th-ranked team in the nation (San Diego on September 27).

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THIS WEEK: LMU (14-10, 5-6) will continue West Coast Conference play this week, hosting Portland (6-19, 0-11) on Thursday in Gersten Pavilion before traveling to No. 17 BYU (21-2, 9-2) for a match on Saturday...LMU defeated Portland earlier this year, but dropped a tough five-set match to BYU in the first meeting between the two teams...

LION TRACKS: The LMU volleyball team split a pair of matches last week, falling in five sets at No. 23 Pepperdine before sweeping Gonzaga at home... despite a season-best 30 digs from junior Betsi Metter, LMU could not earn a victory over No. 23 Pepperdine on Thursday, pushing the Waves to the limit before eventually dropping a marathon five-set decision by scores of 32-30, 28-26, 22-25, 22-25, 15-10 at Pepperdine's Firestone Fieldhouse...the Lions, who are now 5-2 on the road and 0-4 in five-set matches this year, were led by junior Kathleen Luft and sophomore Caitlin DeWitt...Luft collected 23 kills on 62 swings while DeWitt managed 20 kills on 40 attacks for a .325 hitting percentage...the 30 digs from Metter were the most by a Lion since the junior set a career-best with 34 against UC Santa Barbara on October 7, 2011...Luft, Felicia Arriola and Hannah Tedrow all had double-doubles, as Luft teamed her 23 kills with 11 digs...Arriola had 10 kills and 16 digs, while Tedrow dished-out a match and career-high 63 assists to accompany 13 digs as the Lions hit .205...the 63 assists were the most by a Lion since Renee Horton had 65 against Saint Mary's on October 30, 2008...while her hitting percentage and kill production were down on Thursday, sophomore Litara Keil still managed 13 kills with a match-high four aces and seven block assists...

The Lions followed the loss by earning a sweep of the season series with Gonzaga by way of a 25-13, 25-13, 25-12 victory on Saturday afternoon in Gersten Pavilion...LMU held the Bulldogs to a -.090 hitting percentage while connecting at a .297 clip of its own...LMU never trailed in the match en route to the sweep...Luft led the way with a match-best 10 kills on 29 swings for a .241 clip...DeWitt was also stellar, hitting a blistering .636 with eight kills on 11 attacks, while Arriola had an all-around solid match, teaming nine kills with an ace and a match-high 17 digs to narrowly-miss a double-double...Keil shined on the block for LMU, totaling nine blocks in just three sets of play...three Bulldog players had five kills in the loss, with Kalistina Takau finishing with the team's only positive hitting percentage at .200...

IT'S JUST A NUMBER...: LMU enters the match with No. 17 BYU sporting a 0-4 record against ranked opponents this year (losses to #16 USD on 9/27, #16 BYU on 10/4, #13 USD on 10/13 and #23 Pepperdine on 10/25)...LMU played five matches against ranked foes last year, finishing 0-5 in those contests...rankings have been nothing short of perfect in the recent past when predicting LMU's fate against ranked opponents, as the Lions have dropped 35 consecutive matches against those teams...the last Lion victory against a ranked opponent came on October 5, 2006 at Santa Clara, as the Lions earned a sweep of the then-No. 12 Broncos...

ROAD WARRIORS: While LMU's record against ranked opponents seems to play against the Lions, LMU is 5-2 in road matches this year...the 5-2 mark is the best road record after seven matches since 2001 (5-2)...the Lions opened the season 3-0 on the road for the first time since 1996 - the year LMU went to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen and finished a perfect 9-0 on the road...including this year, the Lions had held a winning record after three road matches just 10 times since 1982...LMU was 2-1 in 2009 - the last time it had a winning record after three matches prior to this year...

HOME SWEET HOME?: LMU is just 7-6 in home matches this year, including 2-4 in WCC matches at home...the Lions have finished with a sub-.500 record at home just once since 1990 (8-9 in 2008)...one of Southern California's premier athletic facilities, Albert Gersten Pavilion is in its 31st 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 261-143 (.646) in the friendly confines of the Pavilion...in conference play, the record is even more impressive with a 130-64 (.670) 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...

LET'S SETTLE THIS ON NEUTRAL GROUND: LMU has been extremely impressive in matches played at neutral sites, in which neither team is playing on their home court...LMU is currently 2-2 in neutral matches this year...the Lions were 4-2 in neutral matches last year after finishing 6-2 in 2010...overall, LMU is 39-12 (.765) in neutral contests over the last 12 seasons, including having posted perfect neutral records in five of those 12 seasons...over that span, the only year in which LMU did not manage at least a .500 record was in 2004 - playing to a 0-2 mark...

SEASON TICKET SCARF: LMU's season ticket scarf campaign is back once again - and it's better than ever...LMU is offering the Season Ticket Scarf Pack for season access to not only volleyball, but to women's basketball, men's soccer, women's soccer, men's water polo, women's water polo, softball and baseball at one low price...for just $30, you get access to all home preseason and regular season events for volleyball and these additional seven Division I programs - more than 100 home games at LMU...in addition, as the name suggests, the Season Ticket comes with the limited edition LMU Scarf, which is your access to those 100-plus games...for more information, and to purchase, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/8b4v2qn

PILOT PERSIFLAGE: Portland enters the week sporting a 6-19 overall record and a 0-11 mark in the WCC...the Pilots have lost 12 straight matches and 16 of their last 17 overall...Ariel Usher and Autumn Wedan lead the team offensively, collecting 268 and 254 kills, respectively...Monica Jordan has set the offense to a .173 hitting percentage, dishing out 506 assists....Lexi Dempsey leads the team from the serve, serving-up 19 aces...Rachel Femling is a force on the block, totaling 80 blocks (seven solos and 73 assists)...Portland is coached by fifth-year head coach Joe Houck...

COUGAR CHAT: No. 17 BYU enters the week sporting a 21-2 overall record and a 9-2 mark in the WCC, having won six of their last seven matches...the only losses have come at the hands of Saint Mary's (9/29) and Santa Clara (10/20)...the Cougars have posted 15 sweeps this year...Jennifer Hamson leads the team on the attack and serve, collecting 314 kills at a rate of 3.92 per set to accompany 23 aces...Hamson also has 89 blocks this year, second only to Nicole Warner with nine solos and 131 assists for 1.75 per set (first in the nation)...Heather Hannemann has set the offense to a national-best .320 hitting percentage, dishing out 905 assists at a rate of 11.31 per set to place 22nd in the nation...BYU is coached by second-year head coach Shawn Olmstead...

SEPTEMBER TO REMEMBER: Junior Kathleen Luft collected a team-best 179 kills at a rate of 4.16 per set over 11 matches in the month of September en route to being named WCC Player of the Month...she hit .252 while serving up seven aces and posting 99 digs (2.30 per set)...on the block, the native of Thousand Oaks, Calif. posted two block solos and 21 block assists for an average of 0.53 blocks per set...the transfer from Georgia posted five double-doubles in the month, including teaming 22 kills with 10 digs against Virginia Tech on September 7...highlights of the month included hitting .390 (19 kills on 41 swings with three errors) at High Point University on September 8, a career-best 23 kills against No. 16 San Diego on September 27, and three aces against George Mason on September 8...


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For the sixth consecutive year, LMU volleyball helped raise awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer through the DiG PiNK campaign...LMU's DiG PiNK event was played on October 4 versus BYU...fans were encouraged to wear pink and had an opportunity to donate at the match...to view LMU's team page, and to make a donation post-event, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/8e9xkh5

AS CONSISTENT AS THEY COME: LMU was 4-2 after six matches this year, but that is hardly a surprise for the diehard LMU volleyball fan...LMU has been 4-2 after six matches in each of the last five years...the Lions have also been 4-2 after six in eight of the last 15 years...LMU was 6-0 three times ('03, '00, '98), 5-1 three times (`05, `04, '02), and 3-3 once (2007) over that span...

GOOD LUCK AT THE IRISH: LMU went 2-1 at the Golden Dome Invitational hosted by Notre Dame...juniors Kathleen Luft and Felicia Arriola both earned All-Tournament honors at the conclusion of play...for Luft, the selection was her fourth in as many tournaments this year, while Arriola was lauded for the first time...Luft posted 43 kills (3.58 per set) over the course of the three matches...she hit .263, including .474 with 19 kills and 11 digs for a double-double against Xavier on September 15...Luft also served-up a pair of aces in that match against the Musketeers...Arriola recorded double-digit kills in all three matches on the weekend, beginning the week with 10 kills and nine digs against Kansas before posting 12 kills and nine digs on Saturday morning at Notre Dame...the native of Laguna Niguel, Calif. also added two block assists against the Irish...Arriola finished the tournament strong, notching 15 kills, an ace and six digs against Xavier...she averaged 3.08 kills per set and 2.00 digs per set on the weekend...

A HIGH POINT: Junior Kathleen Luft earned her third All-Tournament selection in as many chances at the High Point University Invitational...Luft, who led all players in kills in each of the three matches, managed 57 kills (4.75 per set) on 134 attacks with only 14 errors for a stellar .321 hitting percentage over three matches to help LMU to a 2-1 record...Luft posted a pair of double-doubles on the weekend - teaming 22 kills with 10 digs against Virginia Tech before matching 19 kills and 10 digs at High Point on Saturday morning...

DUAL TOURNAMENT TALENTS: LMU placed a pair of players, sophomore Litara Keil and junior Kathleen Luft, on the LMU/UCI Dual Tournament All-Tournament team after finishing 2-1 in tournament play...Luft, who earned her second All-Tourney nod in as many chances, collected 48 kills (4.36 per set) over the three matches...she hit .209 during the weekend, serving-up three aces and recording 26 digs and three block assists...the native of Thousand Oaks, Calif. began the weekend with 20 kills in a four-set victory over Colgate, hitting .441 over the course of the match...her week culminated in her first double-double as a Lion (18 kills/14 digs) against Arizona State...Keil, a native of Long Beach, Calif., collected 28 kills while hitting .232 over the three matches...steady on the block, Keil notched four block solos and 11 block assists on the week, including three solos and two assists in a sweep of UC Irvine on Friday night...the sophomore narrowly missed a double-double of her own against Arizona State, teaming nine kills with a career-best 11 digs...

DOUBLETREE ALL-TOURNEY: Two players from each of the participating schools at the DoubleTree Los Angeles Westside Invitational were named to the All-Tournament team, including LMU's Betsi Metter and Kathleen Luft...Metter, LMU's starting libero, posted 60 digs at a rate of 6.67 digs/set...the reigning WCC Defensive Player of the Year posted a match-best 28 digs against UC Santa Barbara on Saturday night - her best mark this year and the second-most in a three-set match for LMU since 1998...she also managed 20 in three sets against UConn to open the season, placing tied for 10th-best at LMU since 1998...Luft, who transferred to LMU from Georgia, had a stellar debut weekend for the Lions, posting a team-high tying 33 kills at a rate of 3.67 per set...the junior hit .301 over the three matches, including a blistering .591 against Iona College on Saturday afternoon...

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 Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) Challenge...the series, which is in its fourth 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, 3.5-3, in the PCH Cup standings this year...Pepperdine has won the challenge in each of the first three seasons...to learn more about the PCH Challenge and view the current scorecard, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/6n4l82s

WHAT A CLASS: LMU volleyball's incoming recruiting class was tabbed Highest Honorable Mention by PrepVolleyball.com for the second straight year...the class includes incoming freshmen Sara Myers (OH - Episcopal School of Dallas), Rachelle Suaava (MB/RS - Long Beach Poly) and Hannah Tedrow (S - Orange Lutheran), in addition to transfer Kathleen Luft (OH - University of Georgia) and walk-on Avery Bush...LMU was one of just two West Coast Conference schools on the list, as Pepperdine was also lauded...in order to determine the top recruiting classes, PrepVolleyball.com petitions a panel of college coaches from across the country to develop the list...

U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A: For the third consecutive summer, LMU volleyball head coach Tom Black served as a consultant coach for the US Women's National Team as it prepared for the 2012 London Games...Black primarily assisted in the training sessions at the American Sports Center...while working with the US squad, which earned a silver medal at the Olympics, Black instructed alongside volleyball legends in Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon and coaches Karch Kiraly and Paula Weishoff...

BIG WEST...BIG PEST: LMU is slated to play three teams from the Big West Conference this year...the Lions were swept by UC Santa Barbara on August 25 before sweeping UC Irvine on August 31 in tournament play...the final Big West foe on the schedule is Cal State Northridge (Nov. 10)...the Lions have played better than .500 against the Big West under Head Coach Tom Black, sporting a 7-5 overall record, but the program overall is sub-.500 at 79-92...LMU has had its most success against Cal State Fullerton, going 22-4 overall, including 2-0 under Black...Long Beach State has been the hardest on the Lions, holding a 17-3 mark all-time against LMU...

ONLINE YEARBOOK: LMU Athletics is proud to offer fans interactive yearbooks once again this year...all LMU yearbooks bring fans clickable content featuring videos and live updated web links...LMU interactive yearbooks will continue to feature player and coach biographies, team histories, and information about Loyola Marymount University and its athletics programs, while working in tandem with LMU's official athletics website, www.LMULions.com, to offer up-to-date statistics and news...to view the 2012 volleyball yearbook, please visit:
 http://tinyurl.com/9gkj3t9

PICKED BEFORE THE SERVE: Junior Betsi Metter was the lone Lion named to the 2012 WCC Preseason All-Conference team...named West Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year after posting a conference-best 538 digs at a rate of 4.89 per set, Metter garnered honorable mention All-West Coast Conference honors as a sophomore while also claiming a spot on the All-Academic squad last year...the 538 digs and 4.89 digs per set were good enough to rank second in LMU's single-season record book...on the serve, Metter managed 42 aces at a rate of 0.38 per set to place third in the WCC...staking her claim as one of the best players in the conference, she was named WCC Player of the Week on October 31 - the only libero lauded by the WCC throughout the season...

ALL-CONFERENCE RETURNERS: In addition to Betsi Metter on the honorable mention team (see "PICKED BEFORE THE SERVE"), LMU's Litara Keil also received postseason honors from the West Coast Conference...the native of Long Beach, Calif. took home All-Freshman team honors...a COBRA Magazine All-Southwest Region selection, Keil started all 30 matches in her inaugural year, leading all LMU players on the block with 20 block solos and 85 block assists at a rate of 0.97 blocks per set...making a name for herself right away, Keil posted a season-best three block solos in her first match of her career against Cal State Fullerton on August 26...

THE SURVEY SAYS: According to the nine West Coast Conference head coaches, the LMU women's volleyball team is tabbed to finish tied for sixth in the WCC this year...Saint Mary's College and the University of San Diego each received 59 points and four first place votes to share the top spot in the preseason poll...the Gaels finished fourth last season, while the Toreros finished second behind Pepperdine...this year, the Waves were chosen to finish third with 53 points and the remaining first place vote in the poll...BYU, last year's third-place finisher, was picked to finish fourth this season with 42 points, followed by the University of San Francisco with 33...LMU and Santa Clara University tied for sixth with 27 points apiece, while the University of Portland and Gonzaga University rounded out the list with 13 points and 11 points, respectively...

GET OFF ON THE RIGHT PAW: The Lions have had a knack for coming out of the gates strong in recent memory, having won 14 of their last 16 season-openers, including a three-set victory over UConn to open the 2012 season...the only losses over that span came in 2007 to St. John's and then-No. 10 USC in 2010...LMU has recorded eight sweeps and won in four sets on five occasions...

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