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Lions Open 2006 With 3-1 Win at Arizona State Tourney

Aug. 25, 2006

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Tempe, Ariz. - Loyola Marymount opened its 2006 season on a winning note, defeating Utah Valley State 3-1 (30-28, 28-30, 30-26, 30-24) in the first match of Arizona State's Hilton Phoenix/East Mesa Sun Devil Volleyball Classic. LMU (1-0) hit a match-high .425 against the Wolverines (0-1) in the fourth game to close out the season-opening victory.

The Lions got 21 kills and 11 digs from sophomore Emily Day for the Lions' first double-double of the season. One of LMU's six returning starters, Day was a 2005 West Coast Conference All-Freshman selection. Last season, Day finished strong, tallying double-digit kills in 14 of the Lions' final 17 matches.

Senior Jania Motton added a match-high six blocks, helping the Lions out-block the Wolverines.

Newcomer Ashley Dutro earned the starting setting job for the Lions' opener Friday, posting 11 assists in the first game. But sophomore K.C. Walsh entered toward the end of the first game to relieve Dutro, and never relinquished the position. Walsh, who was the 2005 starting setter, stepped up for the Lions, tallying 38 kills over the remainder of the match.

As a team, the Lions held Utah Valley State to just a .176 hitting percentage.

The Lions will have a full day of work ahead of them of Saturday, taking on Northeastern at 10:00 a.m. and the host Sun Devils at 7:00 p.m.

-GO LIONS-