The women’s volleyball team fell to San Diego (5-7 overall, 2-1 WCC) at home on Tuesday in four sets, 25-22, 19-25, 25-21 and 25-20. The Lions are now 11-3 in the season and 1-2 in the WCC.
Junior setter Tess Reid felt San Diego’s recognition of LMU’s offensive holes was a major factor in the Lions’ loss.
“I feel like San Diego did a really good job on the net with scouting our offense,” said Reid, who led both teams with 45 assists in the match and is second in the nation in assists per set with 12.63. “Our serve and pass was great,” she said, but as for improvements, the team’s focus is to “keep our game and trust ourselves.”
The 1-3 loss to San Diego was the team’s first home loss this year. After starting the season 10-1, the Lions have begun conference play by dropping two of their first three matches. After this match, LMU moves to a tie for seventh place in the conference.
Where San Diego had the Lions beat were in errors (USD’s 15 to LMU’s 27), hitting percentage (.305 to .209) and blocks (13 to 10) — all large factors in their win.
And though the Lions lost three sets to one, they outscored the Tritons in a number of categories, including kills (LMU’s 55 to USD’s 51), aces (9 to 4), assists (52 to 48) and digs (40 to 38).
Besides Reid, another major contributor for the Lions this game was junior middle blocker Emma Johnson, who leads the nation in hitting percentage (.499). Johnson led both teams with 13 total kills. Sophomore outside hitter Meredith Teague added 11 kills and led the game with three aces.
The team will look forward to the rest of the season as they try to rekindle the winning streak they enjoyed before conference play began. “It’s tough starting out the conference this way,” said Reid, “but I hope we go into practice like we normally do. We can beat anyone that way."
The team begins their road trip Thursday night when they face the Broncos of Santa Clara. The team’s road trip will continue on Saturday when they face San Francisco at noon before the Lions return home for their Oct. 4 home game against Saint Mary’s at 7:00 p.m. in Gersten Pavilion.