Nov. 26, 2012
SAN BRUNO, Calif. -
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A day after finding out that it would be headed to its first NCAA Tournament since 2005, things continued to go well for LMU volleyball as four players were named to All-West Coast Conference teams. Juniors Kathleen Luft and Betsi Metter highlighted the selections, with Luft being named to the first team and Metter taking home Co-WCC Defensive Player of the Year honors for the second straight season. The native of Phoenix, Ariz. also earned honorable mention All-WCC honors for the second straight season, joined by sophomore Litara Keil. Keil had previously appeared on the All-WCC Freshman team a year ago. Freshman setter Hannah Tedrow earned a spot on the All-WCC Freshman Team this year to round out the selections.
Luft, who transferred into LMU from Georgia, impressed in her first year for the Lions. The Thousand Oaks, Calif. native collected a WCC-best 459 kills at a rate of 4.14 per set during the regular season. Guiding LMU to the NCAA Tournament down the stretch, Luft posted a career-best 25 kills in the final match of the regular season. The team leader with seven double-doubles, Luft was named September WCC Co-Player of the Month and took home WCC Player of the Week for the week of November 12. In WCC matches alone, Luft posted 254 kills at a rate of 4.31 per set.
Metter, who was a Preseason All-WCC selection, finished the regular season ranked second in the WCC in digs (511 - 4.60 per set) and third in aces (39 - .35 per set). She posted 10 matches with 20+ digs, including a season-high 30 at #23 Pepperdine on October 25. She enters the NCAA Tournament averaging 3.90 digs per set in her career - good for second in the LMU career record book. In WCC play alone, Metter collected 263 digs at a rate of 4.46 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). The middle blocker posted a career-high tying three block solos against UC Irvine on August 31 and posted nine block assists against Notre Dame on September 15. In WCC matches alone, Keil hit .320 with 190 kills (3.22 per set) and 60 blocks (1.02 per set).
Tedrow finished the year ranked sixth in the WCC in assists with 1,045 at a rate of 9.41 per set. The native of Foothill Ranch, Calif. posted 21 matches with 30+ assists, and eight with 40 or more. Her first of three double-doubles came on October 25 at Pepperdine, teaming a career-best 63 assists with 13 digs. In conference matches alone, Tedrow dished out 601 assists at a rate of 10.19 per set.
LMU, which is one of six teams from the WCC to make the NCAA Tournament, will open tournament play on Friday at 5:30 p.m. PT against Western Kentucky. The match will be hosted by Stanford University.
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