LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Jordan Shaw became just the 10th Saint Mary's volleyball player ever to reach 1,000 kills in a career but Loyola Marymount would walk away with the 25-22, 25-22, 25-23 victory as the Gaels fell in three sets at Gersten Pavilion.
Shaw led Saint Mary's (13-9, 9-5 West Coast Conference) with 11 kills on the day. Samantha Tinsley added a team-high 14 digs for the Gaels. Kathleen Luft led Loyola Marymount (13-11, 8-7) with 16 kills.
Loyola Marymount established a lead early in the first set Saturday, but Saint Mary's would claw its way back to tie the score at 18 on an ace by Shaw. The score would remain tied as late as 21-all, but the Lions took over from there, scoring four of the final five points and ending the set on an ace by Felicia Arriola.
The second set began in much the same fashion, with Loyola Marymount establishing the quick advantage thanks to a 6-2 run to begin the set. The Lions held the lead throughout, and a kill by Litara Keil provided the final point.
Late in that second set, Shaw provided the highlight of the day. Dalas Dodd set the senior from Woodside, Calif. on the left side, and Shaw responded by slamming a kill off the block. The ball ricocheted across the court and eventually landed out of bounds to give Shaw her 1,000th kill.
With that point, Shaw became just the 10th player in Saint Mary's history to record 1,000 kills and she finished the day with 1,003. With her first kill of the match Saturday, Shaw also moved into sole possession of 10th on the Gaels' all-time kills list, passing Missie Stidham (2004-06). Shannon Lowell (07-10) is ninth on the list with 1,033 kills.
Loyola Marymount again took a lead in the third set, forcing Saint Mary's to fight to get back to neutral. The Gaels would get close, staving off two match points with a kill by Kristina Graven and an attack error on the Lions. Luft put the final point of the day away with another kill, giving LMU the three-set victory.
Saint Mary's returns to McKeon Pavilion next week for its final home WCC matches of the season. The Gaels play host to Santa Clara on Thursday at 6 p.m., then host Senior Day on Saturday at 1 p.m. against San Francisco. Tickets to both matches are available by clicking the Tickets link on SMCGaels.com or by calling the SMC Athletic Ticket Office at (925) 631-GoTx.