The 22nd-ranked Loyola Marymount women's volleyball team suffered a 3-0 loss (1-15, 6-15, 9-15) to No. 18 Stanford and made an early exit in round one of the NCAA Championships at the Thunderdome in Santa Barbara, Calif. Thursday evening. Senior All-American Sarah McFarland managed just 11 kills in the match.
The Lions, who end their season with a 20-9 overall record and a 10-4 mark in the West Coast Conference, looked strongest in game one as they matched the Cardinal (19-11 overall/10-8 Pacific-10) point for point. Stanford jumped out to a 5-1 lead only to see LMU knot the score at 5-5 and again at 7-7 and 8-8. That would be as close as the Lions came, allowing the Cardinal to go ahead and take the game 15-11.
Game two saw the Lions roar out to a 6-2 lead forcing Stanford to take an early timeout. The break worked for Stanford, it outscored LMU 13-0 following the stop in play and took a two games to none advantage with a 15-6 win.
It was more of the same in game three as the Cardinal again had an early 9-2 advantage. The Lions battle courageously cutting the deficit to 9-6 only to see Stanford extend the lead once again to 11-6. LMU picked up three more points but was unable to get a rhythm going and eventually dropped the game and match 15-9.
The Lions struggle offensively, McFarland led the team with her 11 kills but hit -.086 on the night. Senior middle blocker Allison Gustorf posted LMU's highest attack percentage hitting .333 (3 kills, 6 attacks, 1 error). As a team LMU hit a dismal .089 in the match, while individually Tiana Newsome hit .294 (5 kills, 17 attacks), Eleftheria Koukou hit .136 (8 kills, 22 attacks, 5 errors) and Jaimee Brubacher hit .118 (7 kills, 17 attacks, 7 errors).
The Lions end the 2000 season 20-9 overall.