The No. 13 ranked LMU beach volleyball team (17-8 overall) lost 0-5 against the No. 1 ranked UCLA Bruins on Tuesday. The Lions entered the game on a four-match winning streak, making this their first loss since playing No. 17 ranked Cal Poly. Here are the takeaways from Tuesday’s match.
3. Lions are no match for UCLA
This was the Lions' second loss of the season in which they got swept, their first since their March 13 loss to then No. 5 ranked Pepperdine. The doubles pairs of freshman Ella Boehle and junior Emma Doud, junior Savannah Slattery and sophomore Reka Orsi Toth, senior Veronica Nederend and sophomore Erin Martin, graduate student Megan Nash and redshirt sophomore Bo Culo and senior Sara Kovac and sophomore Jessie Prichard all fell to the opposing members of the top-ranked Bruins.
2. Kovac and Prichard earn only third loss of the season.
Kovac and Prichard, LMU’s no. 3 doubles team, still sport the team’s best doubles record despite losing in their sets on Tuesday. The pair lost 21-17 and 21-19 in their two sets and now sit at 22-3 overall as a duo this season.
1. Lions receive seventh straight loss to the Bruins
Following the defeat to UCLA, LMU is now 2-9 all-time against UCLA in beach volleyball, with the Lions losing their last seven against them. Last season, LMU was also swept by UCLA, who were ranked No. 4 in the nation at the time. This season’s loss at UCLA marks the Lions’ fourth loss in away matches, now at 4-4 at opposing team’s courts this season.
The Lions will continue their road trip this weekend as they head off to take on Ottawa University Arizona and CSU Bakersfield. After that, the Lions will head to the Hawaiian Invitational on April 13.
This is the opinion of Miles Thomas, a sophomore communications studies major from Hermosa Beach, California. Tweet comments to @LALoyolan or email comments to email@example.com.