Loyola's Kristen Gallup led all players with 23 kills and was one of eight players, four from each team, to finish the night in double figures in that category. Gallup is the reigning West Coast Conference Player of the Week and has led the Lions in kills during 11 of LMU's 12 matches. Gallup also added 13 digs and five blocks.
Game one was a close affair that saw LMU hold the lead throughout much of the contest. Trailing by three late in the contest, the Aztecs scored three straight points, two on kills by Melissa Cansdale, to knot the score at 28-28. But Gallup hit her seventh kill of the game and the Lions got their fifth team block to put the game away.
The second game saw San Diego State jump out to a 7-2 before the Lions went on a 10-2 run behind the hitting and blocking of freshman Michelle Look to take go ahead 12-9. It was a lead they would not relinquish as they on to an 11-point win. Gallup again tallied seven kills for LMU.
After dropping games three and four, LMU saw the re-emergence of Gallup in the deciding game. She scored five of LMU's final seven points with three kills and a pair of blocks. SDSU had one chance at match point, leading 14-13, when a serve into the net gave LMU the tying point. The Lions finished off the match on an Aztec hitting error and a block point for the win.
Junior Tiana Newsome was phenomenal at the net, with 16 kills and a match-high 11 blocks, just one away from her career best. Look ended the game with 12 kills and career-high 17 digs, while Kealani Kimball added 12 kills and six blocks.
The Lions will return to action on Oct. 4, when they open WCC action at Gersten Pavilion with Portland. The match is set for 7 p.m.
Sacramento St. 3, USF 0
Sophomore Sandra Bandimere had a team-high 13 kills while junior Kazmiera Imrie added 11 kills to lead the Sacramento State volleyball team to a 3-0 (30-27, 30-20, 30-25) victory over San Francisco Wednesday evening at Hornet Gym.
The Dons were led by Brittanie Budinger's 15 kills and eight digs. Jencie Lejeune added nine kills and Francesca Pomilia had a team-best nine digs.
USF opens West Coast Conference play when they host the Gaels of Saint Mary's Friday, Oct. 4 at War Memorial Gym. Match time is scheduled for 7:00 PM.