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Lions Open NCAA Tournament Against #17 Western Kentucky Friday

LMU will open the 2012 NCAA Tournament with a first-round match against #17 Western Kentucky on Friday in Stanford, Calif.

LMU will open the 2012 NCAA Tournament with a first-round match against #17 Western Kentucky on Friday in Stanford, Calif.

Nov. 27, 2012

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LMU vs. #17 Western Kentucky • Friday, November 30 • 5:30 PM • Stanford University
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LMU is making its 11th NCAA Tournament appearance and first since 2005...was swept by Utah in the first round of the 2005 tournament...is 2-2 in neutral matches this year...is 7-4 in road matches...is 12-3 in three-set matches this year...is 5-4 in four-set matches...is 1-5 in five-set matches...snapped a streak of 36 consecutive losses against ranked teams with a victory over No. 24 Pepperdine on November 8...is holding opponents to a .188 hitting percentage - good for third in the WCC...was picked to finish tied for sixth in the WCC...
• The WCC placed six teams in the NCAA Tournament this year...co-champion BYU, Pepperdine, Saint Mary's, WCC co-champ San Diego and Santa Clara will join LMU in represeting the league in the field of 64...the six bids is tied for the WCC's most ever (2003) and was one shy of the Big Ten Conference and the Pacific-12 Conference for the most this year...
Kathleen Luft earned first team All-WCC honors this year...was named WCC Player of the Week on November 12...earned All-Tourney in all four tournaments this year...is ranked 43rd in the nation and first in the WCC in kills per set (459 kills at 4.14 per set)...has posted 7 double-doubles...
Betsi Metter was named Co-WCC Player of the Year and honorable mention All-WCC for the second straight year...finished regular season ranked second in WCC in digs (511 - 4.60 per set) and third in aces (39 - .35 per set)...has managed 10 matches this year with 20+ digs...was named Preseason All-WCC...has notched 1,300 digs and averages 3.90 digs per set in her career - both second in LMU history...ranks ninth in LMU history in aces (115) and is one short of eighth, two short of sixth and four short of fifth...
Litara Keil was named honorable mention All-WCC...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)...averages 1.00 block per set in her career - fifth all-time in LMU history...
Hannah Tedrow was named All-WCC Freshman Team...finished the year ranked sixth in the WCC in assists with 1,045 (9.41 per set)...has posted 21 matches with 30+ assists, and eight with 40 or more...dished-out 63 assists at #23 Pepperdine on 10/25 - the most by a Lion since Renee Horton had 65 against Saint Mary's on 10/30/08...

THIS WEEK: LMU (18-12) earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament on Sunday and will begin tournament play on Friday against Sun Belt Conference Champion #17 Western Kentucky (32-3)...the match will be hosted by Stanford University at 5:30 p.m. PT...with a victory, LMU would advance to play the winner of a match between Pac-12 Champion #2 Stanford (27-3) and SWAC Champion Jackston State (24-11)...the tournament appearance is the 11th in program history for LMU and the first since 2005...

LION TRACKS: Prior to learning that it was awarded an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament, LMU split a pair of matches to close the 2012 regular season...LMU swept Santa Clara on November 15 to take both matches against the Broncos this year...LMU played strong throughout the match, hitting .347 as a team behind 16 kills from All-WCC selection Kathleen Luft...joining Luft on the attack were sophomores Caitlin DeWitt and Litara Keil...DeWitt finished with 12 kills on 19 swings for a .474 clip while Keil collected 11 kills on 22 attacks for a .364 hitting percentage...freshman setter Hannah Tedrow led the Lions to the solid percentage, dishing-out 42 assists to accompany two of LMU's six service aces...Keil also served-up a pair in the victory, while senior Kenna Crouse continued her solid play down the stretch with a season-best eight block assists...

Looking to finish the season strong headed into Selection Sunday, LMU stumbled in five sets at San Francisco on November 17 to close out the regular season...the Dons defeated the Lions behind 15 team blocks...as would be expected with such a tight match, the two teams played to 26 tie scores and eight lead changes throughout the day...neither team hit for a high percentage in the match, as LMU posted a .185 clip compared to San Francisco's .161...Luft proved to be a bright spot for the Lions, hitting .246 with a match and career-best 25 kills on 65 swings...Keil managed a double-double, teaming 10 kills with 10 digs, while junior Betsi Metter led the charge from the service area, serving-up three of LMU's eight aces on the day...

FOUR LAUDED BY WCC...METTER CO-DEFENSIVE POY: 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...

IT'S JUST A NUMBER...: With a victory over No. 24 Pepperdine on November 8, LMU snapped a streak of 36 straight losses to ranked opponents...LMU now owns a 1-5 record this year against ranked foes (losses to #16 USD on 9/27, #16 BYU on 10/4, #13 USD on 10/13, #23 Pepperdine on 10/25, and #17 BYU on 11/3)...LMU played five matches against ranked foes last year, finishing 0-5 in those contests... prior to the victory over the Waves, LMU's last 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...

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...

ROAD WARRIORS: LMU is 7-4 in road matches this year...the 7-4 mark is the best road record after 11 matches since 2000 (7-4)...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 was 9-6 in home matches this year, including 4-4 in WCC matches at home...the Lions won their final four home matches of the year...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 263-143 (.648) in the friendly confines of the Pavilion...in conference play, the record is even more impressive with a 132-64 (.673) home record in WCC action...the Lions have finished with a sub-.500 record at home just once since 1990 (8-9 in 2008)...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...

ABOUT THE LADY TOPPERS: No. 17 Western Kentucky enters the NCAA Tournament sporting an impressive 32-3 overall record after posting a perfect 15-0 mark in the Sun Belt Conference...the Lady Toppers will make their seventh trip the tournament, including their third straight...in six trips to the NCAA Tournament, Western Kentucky has never made it past the first match of play...this year's squad is led by Jordyn Skinner and Heather Boyan on the attack, with Skinner posting 338 kills to Boyan's 320...Boyan and Skinner are also a force on the block, as Boyan has accumulated 101 total blocks (21 solos and 80 assists) and Skinner has managed 27 solo blocks...the team is hitting .299 overall, highlighted by Paige Wessel's .382 clip...a stellar serving team, WKU has managed 162 aces behind 36 apiece from Skinner and Sarah Rogers...Melanie Stutsman sets the offense to the stellar hitting percentage, dishing-out 1,305 assists...Western Kentucky is coached by 18th-year head coach Travis Hudson...

SCOUTING STANFORD: No. 2 Stanford enters the NCAA Tournament sporting a 27-3 overall record after winning the Pac-12 Championship last week...Stanford will be looking to capture its seventh NCAA Championship this year while making its 32nd-straight tournament appearance...Stanford is one of just two teams to make all 32 tournaments...the Cardinal fell in the second round to Michigan last season in the tournament, but has reached six of the last 11 NCAA title matches...Jordan Burgess and Carly Wopat lead the team on the attack, with Wopat totaling four more kills than Burgess at 304...Stanford is hitting .270 as a team behind setters Madi Bugg and Karissa Cook...Bugg handles the bulk of the setting and has accumulated 871 assists compared to Cook at 425...Bugg is also the team's leadng server with 25 aces to lead the Cardinal to 103 as a team...Stanford features two players with 100+ blocks, including Wopat with 152 (15 solos and 137 assists) to lead the team to 323 total (2.88 per set)...Stanford is led by 12th-year head coach John Dunning...

TIGER TALK: Jackson State enters the NCAA Tournament sporting a 24-11 overall record after finishing an undefeated conference slate to win the SWAC Championship...JSU is currently riding a 22-match winning streak as it begins its second trip the tournament...last year JSU was swept by Nebraska in the first round of the NCAA Tournament...Christine Edwards leads the charge on the attack, posting 499 kills at a rate of 4.12 per set...Edwards is the nation's leading server, accumulating 118 aces at a rate of .98 per set to lead Jackson State to a NCAA-high 273 at a rate of 2.18 per set...Mikayla Rolle and Paige Williams lead the team on the block, posting 118 and 101 blocks, respectively to guide the team to 288 (2.30 per set)... Jackson State is led by 11th-year head coach Rose Washington...

LUFT EARNS WEEKLY HONOR: Junior Kathleen Luft was named WCC Player of the Week, it was announced by the conference office on November 12...Luft helped the LMU volleyball team to a 2-0 record in the previous week, including a victory over then-No. 24 Pepperdine in WCC play...for Luft, the weekly selection was her first of the year, but she was named Co-WCC Player of the Month for the month of September...in addition to the victory over the Waves, LMU posted a win over Big West Conference opponent Cal State Northridge...Luft began her week by leading all players with a career-best 24 kills while hitting .367 in a four-set victory over the Waves on Thursday...the native of Thousand Oaks, Calif. then managed a match-high 17 kills against the Matadors on Saturday...overall on the week, she posted 41 kills (4.56 per set) while hitting .330...Luft was also strong on the block against Pepperdine, managing a block solo and five assists en route to averaging .67 blocks per set for the week...

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...


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...

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, 4.5-3, 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

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...

BIG WEST...BIG PEST: LMU was 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 and completing a comeback five-set victory over Cal State Northridge on November 10...the Lions have played better than .500 against the Big West under Head Coach Tom Black, sporting a 8-5 overall record, but the program overall is sub-.500 at 80-92...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...

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...

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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