The LMU volleyball team (14-12, 8-8 WCC) will finish up the 2013 regular season this week, traveling to WCC-foes Santa Clara (10-15, 5-11 WCC) and San Francisco (11-15, 7-9) on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.
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
The Last Meeting
September 21, 2013
Lions Outlast Santa Clara in Five, Improve to 2-0 in WCC
The LMU volleyball team (7-4, 2-0 WCC) was quick to take a lead in each of the five sets played on Saturday in Gersten Pavilion, eventually outlasting Santa Clara (6-5, 1-1 WCC) by scores of 25-23, 24-26, 22-25, 25-20, 15-6 in the first five-set match of the year for the Lions.
Lions Open WCC Play with Sweep of San Francisco
The LMU volleyball team (6-4, 1-0 WCC) opened West Coast Conference play with a sweep of San Francisco (4-7, 0-1 WCC) on Thursday night in Gersten Pavilion. The Lions, who recorded the 25-22, 25-16, 25-22 victory, hit a stellar .356, served up six aces and recorded eight team blocks in the win.
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 split a pair of matches last week, defeating non-conference opponent CSU Bakersfield before falling in five sets at cross-town rival Pepperdine...the Lions outhit the Roadrunners, .275-.129, including posting a .483 clip in the lopsided fourth set on Thursday...senior Kathleen Luft had another stellar match on Thursday, hitting .400 with 18 kills on 40 swings with only two errors...the native of Thousand Oaks, Calif. added two block assists as the Lions collected 9.5 total team blocks...setter Hannah Tedrow not only posted 44 assists, but also managed six block assists and eight digs to narrowly miss a double-double...junior Litara Keil had a wonderful all-around match, teaming 11 kills with two aces, six digs and three block assists while hitting .391...the Pepperdine volleyball team sent 31st-year head coach Nina Matthies out with a victory over LMU in her last home match of her illustrious career at Firestone Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon...the Lions and Waves battled over the course of five sets, but it was Pepperdine who earned a point in the PCH Cup standings at the end of play, earning a 28-30, 25-19, 25-19, 21-25, 15-11 victory...Luft collected a match-high tying 20 kills, while Tedrow dished-out a season-high 56 assists to accompany 11 digs for a double-double, but LMU hit just .160 over the five sets en route to dropping the affair...Keil amassed 19 kills on 52 swings and sophomore Amber Mirabello added eight kills and six block assists...as she has done in all but one match this year, senior Betsi Metter collected a match-high in digs, posting a season-high tying 32...Kelley Larsen matched Luft with 20 kills and 13 digs for a double-double, while Samantha Cash had nine kills on 19 attacks to hit .421 for Pepperdine...Becca Strehlow had 49 assists, guiding Pepperdine to a slightly better hitting percentage than LMU at .192...Pepperdine's blocking game was on par on Saturday, as the Waves combined for 19 total team blocks, including 11 block assists from Cash...
A METTER ABOVE THE REST
Senior Betsi Metter has had a tremendous final season as a Lion, 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 1,778 digs and 167 aces in her career, passing Deanna Doolittle (1,440 digs from 1990-93) and Heather Hughes (158 aces from 2004-07) for those records earlier this year...her .39 aces per set rank second only to Lori Rodman (.45 from 1984-87) in the LMU record book, while her 4.11 digs per set are second only to Kerry House (4.89 from 1989-90)...Metter's 0.53 aces per set in 2013 rank second in the single-season record book, while her 51 aces rank tied for fourth...
Santa Clara enters the week sporting a 10-15 overall record and a 5-11 mark in the WCC...the Broncos most recently defeated Pacific in five sets on Saturday...Nikki Hess and Megan Anders lead the attack with 271 and 266 kills, respectively...Sabrina Clayton is serving up a team-best 30 aces, guiding Santa Clara to 144 aces...the Broncos have accumulated 182 team blocks, led by Haley Cameron with 92 total blocks (12 solos and 80 assists)...SCU is hitting .222 as a team receiving sets from Alyssa Anderson (1002 assists)...Santa Clara is led by 15th-year head coach Jon Wallace...
San Francisco enters the final week of play sporting an 11-15 overall record and a 7-9 mark in the WCC, having lost five straight matches...the Dons most recently suffered a sweep at the hands of Saint Mary's...Katarina Pilepic and Valentina Zaloznik guide the USF offense, collecting 284 and 283 kills, respectively...Zaloznik also leads the team in aces with 28 and blocks with 102 (22 solos and 80 assists)...Mackenzie Murtagh sets the offense to a .230 hitting percentage, dishing out 565 assists...the Dons as a team have posted 198 total blocks, averaging 1.89 per set...San Francisco is led by seventh-year head coach Gilad Doron...
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 274-147 (.651) in the friendly confines of the Pavilion...in conference play, the record is even more impressive with a 139-66 (.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, 5-2.5...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
WHAT A WEEK FOR KEIL
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...
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...