VB | Gaels Drop Hard-Fought Match In Five At LMU
The Saint Mary’s women’s volleyball team fought back all night Thursday, pushing its West Coast Conference match at Loyola Marymount to a deciding fifth set.
LOS ANGELES — The Saint Mary’s women’s volleyball team fought back all night Thursday, pushing its West Coast Conference match at Loyola Marymount to a deciding fifth set, but that’s where the Lions would pull the comeback, closing on an 8-3 win to hold on for a 3-2 (25-22, 26-28, 25-16, 23-25, 15-11) win at Gersten Pavilion.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Saint Mary’s (5-9, 1-3 WCC) trailed in the match 1-0 and 2-1, but went on runs in both the second and fourth sets to tie it each time.
The Gaels went on a 9-2 run to win set two after Loyola Marymount (8-6, 1-2 WCC) had reached set point at 24-19. Four LMU errors helped power the run while kills from Sienna Young and Sarah Chase sealed it.
SMC did it again in set four, going on a 7-1 run to win the set 25-23 after LMU had taken a 22-18 lead and was looking for the match clincher.
But in the fifth and final set, it was the Lions who returned the comeback favor. Saint Mary’s led 6-4 and 8-7 in the frame, but LMU would score six straight points to take a 13-8 lead before finishing the set and the match.
Lindsey Knudsen posted her first double-figure kills performance of 2017, talling 11 terminations to go with four digs, two blocks and two assists.
Sarah Chase was also back on track, notching double-figure kills for the first time since returning last week from missing seven matches.
Saint Mary’s had 11 blocks on the night, led by Lindsey Calvin’s six stops to match a season high. Jennifer “Boo” Laird had four blocks with seven kills.
Loyola Marymount had three players with double-digit kills. The Lions totaled 13 blocks, led by Emma Johnson’s seven. Kristen Castellanos led all players with 25 digs.
Saint Mary’s heads up the Pacific Coast Highway to take on Pepperdine at noon Saturday. Fans can find all live coverage links on SMCGaels.com.
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