On Thursday, Oct. 25, the LMU women’s volleyball team pushed their overall record to 16-6. They defeated WCC rival University of San Francisco and pushed their conference record to 6-5. The victory came after an unsuccessful road trip, where the Lions lost three games to WCC opponents.
LMU had a strong start to the match, winning the first two sets with scores of 25-20 and 25-22. USF recovered well during the third set, winning with a score of 25-21. The Lions had a strong start to the fourth set, with a 10-1 run. This prompted a timeout by USF head coach Frank Lavrisha. The two teams then went back and forth. LMU had a 24-15 lead before the Dons scored seven unanswered points. Tess Reid gave the Lions their winning point, ending the match with a final score of 25-22. She stated this was an important win for the team’s confidence.
“We were in a bit of a slump after three hard road games,” said Reid. “It was nice to get out there, get into our rhythm, and I think [this win] will help us moving forward.”
Reid has played an active role in the team’s success this season. She finished the match with a .400 hitting percentage, 50 assists, five blocks (all team highs), as well as four aces and 11 digs. This was her eighth double-double of the year, as she continues to boast remarkable stats. Reid is currently ranked third in the NCAA in assists per set. The junior setter from Lenexa, Kansas has also led the Lions to being the nation’s third best team in the same category. LMU is also ranked fifth in aces per set, tied for sixth in kills per set, and twelfth in hitting percentage. Reid credits the team’s success to the hard work of her teammates. “Our passes were great and our hitters were making really good decisions,” she said.
Senior Sara Kovac and junior Bo Culo also played huge roles in the team’s win. They finished with 21 and 13 kills, respectively. Kovac was two kills away from her career high in a set. Culo also earned 11 digs and recorded her second double-double of the season. Senior Kekai Whitford led the team defensively, finishing with 16 digs. Junior Emma Johnson has been one of the team’s leaders, but struggled during this matchup. She finished with a .154 hitting percentage. This is well below her .428 season percentage, which is fourth best in the nation.
USF is now 8-14 on the season, with a 1-10 conference record. Junior Kathya Garcia led the team with 12 kills and 12 digs. Erin Anthony and Ally Wada recorded 18 assists each, while Lena Bondar and Emily Zinger recorded 10 kills each. They will have one day to rest before their next game against Pepperdine.
LMU is currently ranked fifth in WCC standings. Their next matchup is at home on Saturday, Oct. 27 against Santa Clara.