Los Angeles, Calif. - The Loyola Marymount University volleyball team won its fourth consecutive match of the season and 19th straight against Portland with 3-0 pasting of the Pilots, Friday night at Gersten Pavilion in front of 276 fans. LMU's 18-match streak dates back to Nov. 6, 1992.
Senior Kristen Gallup came up with seven of her match-high 17 kills in the opening stanza as the Lions took game one 30-26. LMU held Portland to an attack percentage of just .132, while posting a .219 percentage of its own.
Portland jumped out to a 19-16 advantage in the second frame as Sara Vercruyssen had four kills. But a pair of kills by Gallup and Tiana Newsome, along with three Kealani Kimball service aces put LMU back into the lead at 23-19. A Gallup kill sealed the 30-25 game victory.
The Pilots held a 7-6 lead in game three as Heather Denison came up with one of her s ix kills, but the Lions rebounded quickly with four straight points. After opening up nearly a ten-point lead, the Lions continued heavy pressure on Portland to win going away, 30-23.
Vercruyssen led Portland with 11 kills, while Carlie Price came up with 13 digs. Kimball and Newsome came up with 11 and 10 kills, respectively, for the Lions. LMU sophomore Jacene Dimson added a team-high 12 digs.
LMU returns to action tomorrow night as the Lions host Gonzaga at 7 p.m. in Gersten Pavilion.