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#6 USC Tops Lions in Trojan Invite Finale

Aug. 25, 2007

Box Score

LOS ANGELES - Loyola Marymount volleyball dropped a Saturday night decision 3-0 (30-21, 32-30, 30-18) to sixth-ranked USC (3-0) at the Trojan Invitational played at USC's Galen Center. The Lions finish the opening weekend 1-2 after topping Michigan State earlier Saturday morning.

The host Trojans, who were ranked sixth in the nation entering the weekend, won the tournament after going 3-0.

Emily Day (13 kills, 15 digs) and Heather Hughes (15 kills, 10 digs) led the Lions with statistical double-doubles. Each also added three service aces.

Freshman Renee Horton added 31 assists, six kills, and nine digs.

Junior Lindsay Banas added four blocks to lead the Lions' defensive effort at the net.

Day's five kills and five digs in the first frame were not enough to slow down the Trojans, who hit .344 to break away from the early 8-8 tie and take game one 30-21.

Though LMU never held the advantage in game two, the Lions didn't make it easy on the Trojans either. Each time the Trojans would build a lead, LMU was able to chip away at it, including six unanswered points that tied the game at 28-28. A kill by Hughes kept things tied at 30-30, but the Trojans won the next two points to win game two 32-30.

No. 6 USC built an early 12-5 lead in game three and was able to hold on this time for a 30-18 victory. The game three win sealed the Trojans' tournament title.

USC was led by Diane Copenhagen, who tallied 12 kills and 13 digs.

LMU will host the LMU Four Points Sheraton LAX Classic next Friday and Saturday in Gersten Pavilion. The Lions' home opener will come against Northwestern Friday at 7:00 p.m. The tournament will also bring UC Santa Barbara and UNLV to Gersten Pavilion, where the Lions went 12-5 in 2006.

All tournament matches will be carried live on Gametracker, and all LMU matches will also be featured on the Lions' Audio Network.

-GO LIONS-