LMU Advances in Volleyball Tournament, but Falls to No. 1

The women’s volleyball team made quite an impression this past week at the NCAA Division I volleyball tournament. The Lions swept Duke on Friday in impressive fashion, 25-16, 25-22, 25-15. The win granted them the right to face regional-host and top-ranked Stanford on Saturday night in the second round. The Lions hung tough, but the Cardinal advanced in straight-sets to the Sweet 16, ending LMU’s postseason run.

The men’s basketball team put on a show at Gersten Pavilion on Thursday night, beating Bethesda by 56 points. Five Lions scored in double-figures and LMU improved on their program-record start to the season with an 8-0 record. On Sunday night on the national stage, the Lions suffered their first loss of the 2018-19 campaign with a 82-58 setback at UCLA. LMU will have an opportunity to begin a new streak Wednesday night at Cal State Fullerton.

The 2019 Athletics Hall of Fame Class has been announced. LMU continues the celebration of its incredible athletics legacy by introducing our Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2019. The LMU athletes and benefactors will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, February 16 at Roski Dining Room at 6:30 p.m. following the men’s basketball game against BYU, which begins at 1 p.m. Some of the greatest names in LMU sports history comprise the class, including coaches and record holders from six sports.

2019 Hall of Fame Members

  • Dave Snow, LMU baseball head coach
  • Anthony Ireland, LMU men’s basketball
  • Sam Fischer, LMU softball
  • Emily Day, LMU women’s volleyball
  • Mike and Patty Smith, LMU benefactors
  • 2002 LMU women’s tennis team

Education Day was another hit as 1,800 people watched the women’s basketball team defeat UC Davis, 60-53. The majority of the energetic crowd were schoolchildren brought in for the noon game. The team travels Friday night to play Cal State Northridge before returning to campus for a home matchup with Long Beach State on Dec. 14.

The pool was active all weekend as LMU’s swim team competed in the three-day Collegiate Winter Invitational. The Lions took second overall in the women’s rankings with a score of 1,519.

The West Coast Conference recognized several Lions on their All-Academic teams this past week. From volleyball, Emma Johnson was named to the All-Academic Team and Tess Reid, Savannah Slattery, Meredith Teague, and  Kekai Whitford are honorable-mention selections. Shelby Cormier and Emma Tyrnauer represent women’s soccer on the All-Academic Team, with Emily Carman, Chloe Colbert, Jackie Fiacco, Samantha Jordan, Kallie Kampfl, Ali King, and Melissa Lewis earning All-Academic Honorable Mention recognition. From men’s soccer, senior Antonio Porreco was named to the 2018 WCC All-Academic Team, while junior Nick Dauchot and sophomores Francis Avoce, Ryan Bishop, Brandon Sanchez and Leo Zulli earned WCC All-Academic honorable mention for their contributions both on and off the field in 2018.

The LMU softball team will host its next Elite Clinic for athletes to enhance their abilities and work ethic, on Monday, Jan. 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those in attendance will get to use LMU’s state-of-the-art indoor hitting and pitching facilities and get instructions and demonstrations to emphasize the fundamental skills of pitching, hitting, fielding, and throwing. The camp will also include some Q&A, game situations, and live hitting on the field.