The Lions dropped the first game 31-33, came back to win Game 2 30-24 and suffered a 25-30 loss in the third game. LMU again came back for a 31-29 win in game four and then claimed the victory by defeating Clemson 15-12 in the fifth and decisive game. Junior Kristen Gallup was the Lions' kill leader. Gallup set a new personal-best pounding out 26 kills on 70 attacks.
As a team LMU out hit and out blocked Clemson. The Lions recorded 83 kills and 13.5 blocks while the Tigers managed 75 kills and just 12.0 blocks.
The Lions, who improved to 2-1 on the year, had three hitters in double-figures, led by Gallup who had a career performance. Along with setting new career marks in kills and attacks, she aslo led the Lions defensively with a personal-best 23 digs. Sophomore Tiana Newsome and freshman Dina DeBernardi added 17 kills each, while sophomore Nicole Oehlman recorded a match-high 67 assists with 12 digs. Newsome also led the match in blocks with ten total (one solo).
LMU returns back to Westchester, Calif., for its home-opener Wednesday, Sept. 5. The Lions welcome Cal Poly into Gersten Pavilion for the first home game of the 2001 season. LMU and Cal Poly are slated to begin the action at 7 p.m.