The Lions (2-2 Overall/0-0 WCC) went up early, 13-8, in Game 1. But strategic time outs by both team provided some huge shifts of momentum throughout the game. Sophomore middle blocker Tiana Newsome came up with some timely hitting which gave LMU a 1-0 advantage.
The Mustangs were right back in the thick of it as they came away with a 31-29 win in Game 2. Cal Poly again spoiled an early Lion lead and held on for the slim victory. It was back and forth action as each team battled for every point.
Roles were reversed in Game 3 as it was the Mustangs going up early only to later lose the edge. The Lions would not give up that easily as they battled back to go up two games to one with the 33-31 win.
It was more of the same in Game 4 with both teams fighting for each point. LMU pulled away with an 18-14 lead forcing a Mustang time out. The break seemed to spark Cal Poly as it opened up a 21-18 lead. Kills by LMU's Newsome and Gallup brought the Lions to within one (29-28), but that would be as close as the Lions came as the Mustangs took the game 30-28.
Cal Poly came out firing in Game 5 with an 11-6 lead. The Mustangs never looked back and went on to take the game and match 15-8. Blocking seemed to be the key, Cal Poly outblocked LMU by a 17.5-7.0 margin.
Along with Gallup, three other Lions hit the double-digit kills mark. Sophomore Kealani Kimball set a new career-high with 20 kills, she recorded her first double-double of the season by also collecting 12 digs. Newsome and freshman Dina DeBernardi each recorded 10 kills on the night.
The Lions return to action September 7-8 as they prepare to host the 2001 LMU Volleyball Classic. This year's tournament features Arizona State, Indiana and New Mexico. The action begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7.