BYU Women's Volleyball Defeats Loyola Marymount in Five
“We fought hard,” BYU middle blocker Nicole Warner said. “I think that’s the biggest thing. We did not want to lose in the fieldhouse. We love playing here and we did not want to lose.”
Although the first set started with three tied scores, BYU was able to pull away on an 8-2 run, which led to a score of 11-6. LMU (13-12, 5-7) followed the run with a timeout, but the Cougars continued with another 7-2 run, putting them ahead by nine points. The Lyons tried to fight back, eventually pulling the score within five, but the Cougars claimed the set, after three match-point attempts, with a score of 25-18.
The second set saw 12 tied scores. LMU was able to hold the lead from the beginning, never leading by more than three points, until a kill from outside hitter Christie Carpenter gave the Cougars their first lead at 14-13. From there, neither team was able to gain more than a one-point lead. A kill from outside hitter Casey Thurston sparked a 4-0 run for the Cougars, leading to a score of 23-19, but after calling a timeout LMU came back and tied the game 23-23. After calling a couple of timeouts of their own, a kill by Thurston and a block by Jennifer Hamson and Kathryn LeCheminant put the set away for BYU, 25-23.
A kill from Carpenter gave BYU the first point of the third set, but from there LMU went on an 11-3 run. With an impressive hitting percentage of .312, the Lions never gave up the lead, and although the Cougars were able to create three tied scores near the end, LMU finished the set, 25-23.
The Lions' momentum carried into the fourth set as they quickly jumped ahead 10-1. A kill by Carpenter and a block by Warner and Carpenter brought the Cougars within 7, at 8-15, but that was as close as they would come. LMU finished the fourth set 25-14.
“I told them you have to give everything you have,” BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. “Luckily, they never gave up.”
The Cougar starters returned for the fifth set and were able to pull ahead 6-2 early on, as the Lions were plagued by attack errors. With a score of 8-4 for BYU, Hamson added two more points with a kill and a service ace, putting the Cougars ahead by six. Although the play from there was back and forth, BYU had the advantage and a kill from Warner gave the Cougars the set and match, with a score of 15-8.
“In the fifth we came out with so much energy and we just knew we were going to win,” Warner said. “I can only give credit to my teammates because they worked so hard. They were fighters.”
Hamson posted her 10th double-double of the season, with 14 kills and 10 digs. Two other Cougars finished with double-digit kills, including Carpenter, with 13, and LeCheminant, who broke her season record and tied her career high of 10 while breaking her career-high hitting percentage with .643. Heather Hannemann also had her sixth double-double of the season, recording 48 assists and 17 digs, tying her career high for digs.
The Lions were led by Alyse Hensley and Jasmine Rankins, who had 15 and 12 kills respectively. Betsi Metter also recorded 23 digs for LMU, and Litara Keil posted nine block assists.
BYU looks to extend its three-match win streak against San Francisco on Saturday at the Smith Fieldhouse. The game will begin at 7 p.m. MST and will be broadcast by BYUtv.
Volleyball Welcomes LMU, USF to Fieldhouse
PROVO, Utah—Returning to the Smith Fieldhouse after securing the No. 3 position in the West Coast Conference, the BYU women’s volleyball team is set to take on Loyola Marymount Thursday and San Francisco Saturday.
“This is an exciting week for BYU Volleyball,” BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. “Both LMU and San Francisco are quality opponents and we hope to follow up a great road trip with a strong home stand. “
The Cougars (18-7, 7-4) come off back-to-back wins against USF (13-11, 5-6) and Santa Clara. BYU defeated SCU 3-1 when the teams met in Santa Clara, Calif. and shutdown USF 3-1 in San Francisco.
The last time BYU faced LMU (13-11, 6-5), the Cougars came away with a 3-2 win in their only five-set match of the season.
Jennifer Hamson and Nicole Warner continue to dominate the WCC statistics list, Hamson leading in kills with 4.00 kills per set and Warner leading in blocks with 1.49 blocks per set. Senior Christie Carpenter takes second on the team with 2.87 kills per set and Kathryn LeCheminant helps out at the net with 1.16 blocks per set. LeCheminant passed 100 season blocks in the match against Santa Clara and currently totals 102.
Libero Kendalyn Hartsock set a career high of 31 digs against USF, which also broke the team’s season high of 25 digs in a match. Hartsock has 4.36 digs per set. Freshman defensive specialist Tia Withers helps out with 2.10 digs per set and set her own career record with 17 digs against USF.
LMU ranks just behind the Cougars at No. 4 in the WCC after wins against Gonzaga and Portland last week. Betsi Metter leads the league in digs with 4.80 per set.
USF boasts a win against nationally ranked San Diego in the first round of WCC play, but currently resides at the No. 6 position in the conference. The Dons are on a five-match losing streak that began with a loss to Pepperdine Oct. 15.
Vendula Strakova leads the Dons’ offense with 3.33 per set and is aided by Valentina Zaloznik’s 2.61 kills per set. Rebecca Kopilovitch earns 4.35 digs per set.
The matches will both be televised on BYUtv and simulcast on BYU radio. For links to online streaming and live stats, click HERE. Both matched begin at 7 p.m.
Thursday is 3-for-3 Night. If fans mention the offer at the ticket office, they will receive admission for $1, a small popcorn for $1 and a small flavor pop for $1. Saturday is this season's Y. Game, where members of other BYU teams will come out to support the volleyball team. Admission is $1 for those who bring a can of food to the match.