LMU women's volleyball (19-8, 9-7 WCC) unable to overcome early deficit in close loss to Gonzaga.

Women’s volleyball lost to Gonzaga in five sets on Saturday afternoon. The Lions (19-8, 9-7 WCC) forced a fifth set in Saturday’s match but still were unable to overcome an early deficit to Gonzaga (10-18, 7-10 WCC) at Gersten Pavilion by scores of 25-23, 25-20, 22-25, 23-25, and 16-14.

One of the leaders of Saturday afternoon’s match was senior opposite Sara Kovac. Kovac led all players with 23 kills on 54 swings, and also added 10 digs to record a double-double. Sophomore outside hitter Meredith Teague and junior outside hitter Savannah Slattery both recorded double digit kills. Junior setter Tess Reid dished out 63 assists as LMU recorded a hitting percentage of .259.

Head coach Aaron Mansfield regarded the match as a tough loss, but the team is going to put this loss behind them and get ready to take on Pepperdine.

In the current home stretch, LMU now has one win and one loss under their belt. On Thursday night, the Lions swept Portland (18-10, 6-10 WCC) in the first match of the weekend. The Lions had a dominant performance controlling the match as they won 25-23, 25-15, 25-15.

Kovac also had a strong performance in this match, with 14 kills on 26 attacks and recorded a hitting percentage of .462. Against Portland, the Lions hit for .258 as a team while Portland hit for just .063.

The Lions will conclude their four-match homestand against no. 1 BYU on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Gersten Pavilion.

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