Lions Carry Two-Match Win Streak on Road, PCH Cup Match at Pepperdine Saturday

Nov. 12, 2013


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The LMU volleyball team (13-11, 8-7 WCC) will carry a two-match winning streak into a pair of matches this week, traveling to non-conference opponent CSU Bakersfield (17-10) on Thursday at 7 p.m. before visiting cross-town rival Pepperdine (13-10, 7-8 WCC) in a PCH Cup match on Saturday at 1 p.m...

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 donate to FOJ and Aliyah, please visit:

The Last Meeting
CSU Bakersfield0
Loyola Marymount3
September 29, 2012
Gersten Pavilion
Lions Impressive in Sweep of CSU Bakersfield
The LMU volleyball team (10-6) looked impressive en route to a sweep over CSU Bakersfield (7-9) on Saturday in Gersten Pavilion. The Lions defeated the Roadrunners in non-conference play by a count of 25-14, 25-20, 25-16 behind a match-best 14 kills from sophomore Litara Keil and 11 team blocks.

The Last Meeting
Loyola Marymount3
October 17, 2013
Gersten Pavilion
Lions Sweep Pepperdine for PCH Cup Point
The LMU volleyball team (9-9, 4-5 WCC) swept Pepperdine (9-8, 3-6 WCC) by scores of 25-19, 25-23, 25-19 on Thursday night to claim a point in the PCH Cup standings, pushing LMU to a 2-0 lead over the Waves in the annual scorecard between the two schools. Seniors Felicia Arriola and Kathleen Luft led the Lion attack, collecting 15 kills apiece in the victory.

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, 5-1.5...Pepperdine has won the challenge in each of the first four learn more about the PCH Cup and view the current scorecard, please visit:

The LMU volleyball team swept a pair of matches against Pacific and Saint Mary's at home last week...the Lions hosted a block party in a sweep Pacific on Thursday, accumulating 13 team blocks, including nine block assists from sophomore Amber Mirabello...Mirabello's nine block assists were a career high, and matched a season high for the Lions set by Litara Keil on September 21 against Santa Clara in five sets...the nine block assists were also tied for fourth-most in Lion history for a three-set match...the native of Palm Harbor, Fla. teamed the blocks with nine kills while hitting .304...senior Kathleen Luft contributed a match-best 14 kills on 35 attacks for a .314 hitting percentage, while sophomore Hannah Tedrow recorded five block assists and 32 assists as LMU's setter...the Lions then celebrated Senior Day on Saturday with a sweep of Saint Mary's...Luft made the most of her final game played in Gersten Pavilion, notching a match-best 16 kills on 31 attacks with only two errors for a .452 hitting percentage...Mirabello had another tremendous match for the Lions, teaming eight kills (.538 hitting) with a block solo and two block assists...Tedrow managed a double-double in the match, combining 39 assists with 10 digs...

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 1,724 digs and 166 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 .39 aces per set rank second only to Lori Rodman (.45 from 1984-87) in the LMU record book, while her 4.07 digs per set are second only to Kerry House (4.89 from 1989-90)...Metter's 0.57 aces per set in 2013 rank second in the single-season record book, while her 50 aces rank tied for fifth...

CSU Bakersfield enters the week sporting a 17-10 overall record having won eight of their last nine matches...Debora Araujo paces the attack for CSUB, collecting 385 kills at a rate of 3.85 kills per set...Kelsee Sawyer is close behind at 309 kills, while Molly O'Hagan has posted 294 kills and a .348 hitting percentage...Fernanda Goncalves is averaging 10.23 assists per set as CSUB has hit .224...CSU Bakersfield is led by third-year head coach Jolene Shepardson...

Pepperdine enters the week sporting a 13-10 record and a 7-8 mark in the WCC after beating Saint Mary's and Pacific last week...Pepperdine is led by Katie Messing on the attack, collecting 314 kills at a rate of 3.61 per set...Messing is hitting .267, while Samantha Cash is connecting at a .339 clip to the tune of 180 kills...Becca Strehlow sets the attack for Pepperdine, dishing out 815 assists at a rate of 10.45 per set...Taylor Racich has guided Pepperdine to 95 aces, serving up 19...the Waves have played to 219.5 total team blocks, highlighted by six solos and 96 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 274-147 (.651) in the friendly confines of the conference play, the record is even more impressive with a 139-66 (.678) 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:

Junior middle blocker Litara Keil was named West Coast Conference Player of the Week on October 28 after guiding the LMU volleyball team to a 2-0 record 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...

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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