Spikers Gear Up For Final Regular Season Weekend

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Nov. 13, 2001

This Week

The LMU women's volleyball team returns to Westchester, Calif., to round out the regular season at home in Gersten Pavilion. The Lions will first host Saint Mary's on Friday, Nov. 16 and then welcome San Diego on Saturday, Nov. 17. Saturday's match against the USD Toreros will also be Senior Night honoring the graduating class of 2001-02. Both matches are scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.

Recent Action

The Lions split their road games last weekend, first defeating San Francisco 3-0 (30-21, 30-26, 30-27) and then falling to Santa Clara 0-3 (25-30, 24-30, 28-30). LMU hit .302 as a team to beat the Dons on Friday night and also outblocked USF by a 9.0-4.0 margin. The Lions outblocked the Broncos as well (11.0-9.0) but could not pull through with a win.

Kimball Cranks Up Offense

Sophomore Kealani Kimball has been turning up the heat on opponents' defenses lately. Kimball led the Lions offensive attack against San Francisco recording a game-high 18 kills on the Dons while also posting an impressive .457 hitting clip. The Hawaiian middle blocker is currently second on the squad with 249 kills on the year and is averaging 3.00 kills per game. She is no slouch defensively either ranking third among Lions with 231 digs. Kimball picked up her 12th double-double of the season against USF (10 digs). Her .265 hitting percentage on the year ranks ninth in the WCC.

Gustorf Takes Over Digs Lead

Junior Laura Gustorf's defensive consistency has kept the Lions aggressive all season. Gustorf recently took over the title of digs leader from teammate Kristen Gallup. Gustorf has surpassed Gallup's total by 18, as she has collected 265 on the year. She is averaging 3.15 digs per game and ranks sixth among West Coast Conference leaders in that category.

More On Gustorf

As if leading the squad in digs wasn't enough, junior Laura Gustorf also is the Lions' leader in service aces. Her 32 perfectly placed serves this year is just 10 shy of cracking into the top-10 single-season leader board. The 0.38 service ace per game average she has registered puts her second among West Coast Conference leaders.

Oehlman Moves To Fifth On Career Assists Chart

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 1,010 assists she has racked up this year and it moves her to fourth all-time with 2,297 career assists. Oehlman just moved past Anita Irwin for fourth place all-time with the 78 assists she collected last weekend.

Saying Good-Bye

The Loyola Marymount women's volleyball program will say goodbye to two its members this Saturday night during the Senior Night festivities at Gersten Pavilion. Eleftheria Koukou and Kelly Ward will be honored for their contributions to LMU volleyball and will be recognized for their accomplishments as a Lion volleyball player.

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.

Stratos Update

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 246-110, for a .691 winning percentage, the highest in LMU volleyball history and second among current WCC coaches. In West Coast Conference action, he owns a record of 125-41, for a .753 winning percentage. With 125 career conference victories, Stratos ranks second among current WCC coaches.

Injury Update

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.

Weekend Recap:

at San Francisco - Nov. 9

The Loyola Marymount University women's volleyball team swept San Francisco 3-0 (30-21, 30-26, 30-27) in West Coast Conference play last Friday at War Memorial Gym. For the Lions, sophomore middle blocker Kealani Kimball recorded a match-high 18 kills for LMU and hit a match-high .457 for the match while sharing a match-high four blocks with teammates junior outside hitter Kristen Gallup and freshman middle blocker Dina DeBernardi, who recorded a .391 average against the Dons. The Lions were led defensively by junior outside hitter Laura Gustorf who recorded a match-high 19 digs. Sophomore setter Nicole Oehlman recorded a match-high 44 assists for LMU. Offensively, the teams were matched with USF hitting .241 and LMU hitting .284. The Lions led in games one and three, hitting .308 and .302 respectfully. USF led in game two out hitting the LMU .273 to .245. The Dons struggled in game three hitting .193.

vs. Santa Clara - Nov. 10

The Lions fell 3-0 to No. 19 Santa Clara in West Coast Conference action Saturday night at the Leavey Center. Game scores were 30-25, 30-24, 30-28. Junior Kristen Gallup led the Lions offensive attack tallying 19 kills on the night. Gallup also led the squad with seven digs against the Broncos. The Lions fall to 14-9 overall and 7-5 in the conference with the loss while Santa Clara improves to 18-8 overall and 10-3 in the WCC. LMU held off six match points with four kills by the Lions' Gallup in game three, but could not overcome Bronco sophomore middle blocker Becky Potter, whose 20th kill of the night was the match-winner. SCU collected nine blocks defensively, while Loyola Marymount tallied 11 blocks, including six from freshman Dina DeBernardi. Santa Clara came up with a few key blocks in the opening minutes of the night to give the Broncos a 7-1 lead. A great rally by both teams kept the ball in play, but momentum stretched SCU's lead to seven at 9-2. The Lions pulled to within three at 23-21 when Laura Gustorf nailed an overpass for the unassisted kill, but the Broncos, who hit .436 in the frame, ended game one with a kill by Potter. Loyola Marymount took a brief 3-2 lead early in game two, but SCU quickly regained the lead and opened a lead at 12-10 and extended it to 19-12. LMU held off one game point, but Jami Bari's kill on the outside gave the Broncos a two-game lead at intermission. In a battle of sophomore setters, LMU's Nicole Oehlman posted 34 assists, three digs, two blocks and one kill while SCU's Kelli Sousa registered 48 assists, five digs and four kills.

Gaels' Grab Bag

Saint Mary's heads to Southern California looking to end the season on a winning note. The Gaels have struggled owning a 5-19 overall record and a 2-10 mark in conference play. Rachel Avilla has been SMC's offensive workhorse recording a team-leading 246 kills. Brooke Lowry is the defensive leader with 261 digs while Carla Vandenbark has racked up 74 blocks. This weekend marks the second meeting between the two programs this season. The Lions recorded a 3-1 victory earlier in the year against the Gaels. LMU owns a 28-4 all-time advantage over SMC

Target Toreros

San Diego enters this weekend with a 20-7 overall record and a 9-3 mark in WCC play. The Toreros are led by Noel Frohman who has accumulated 398 kills and leads the squad this season. Lindsey Lampert and Devon Forster follow with 267 and 242 kills, respectively. The Lions will be looking to end USD's current three match winning streak. This will be LMU and USD's second meeting of the year. The Lions recorded a 3-1 win earlier this season and hold a 31-8 advantage in the series.




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