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Hughes Huge in Home Opener

Aug. 31, 2007

Box Score

LOS ANGELES - Loyola Marymount volleyball opened its 2007 home season with a bang, sweeping Northwestern (2-1) 3-0 (30-26, 30-22, 30-25) Friday night at the LMU Four Points Sheraton LAX Classic. The Lions (2-2) return to Gersten Pavilion Saturday for a full slate of tournament matches that will see them take on UC Santa Barbara (2-2) at 12:30 p.m. and UNLV (3-1) at 7:00 p.m.

LMU was led tonight by senior Heather Hughes, who tallied 24 kills while hitting .489 (24-2-45). She added 20 digs for a statistical double-double.

Also posting double-double stats was junior Emily Day, who finished with 11 kills and 13 digs.

The home opener for the Lions was the first road match of 2007 for the previously undefeated Wildcats. The Lions held Northwestern to just a .129 team hitting percentage, including a match-low .021 percentage in game two.

Hughes had the Lions going strong out of the gate, tallying 12 kills on no errors in the first frame alone. Her 12th kill of the night earned the Lions game point at 29-26 and Christianna Reneau put an exclamation point on it with a kill that put the Lions up a game.

LMU led by as many as eight points in game two. Though Northwestern pulled back within four as late as 21-17, the Lions held on to win 30-22 on Hughes' 17th kill of the night on game point.

Game three was more of the same for the Lions, who forced a Northwestern timeout after winning three straight points on kills by Hughes and Day to make it 22-17. LMU sealed the sweep with a 30-25 game three win.

Freshman Whitney Leonard and senior Christianna Reneau combined for another 27 digs, while senior Jania Motton posted four solo blocks. Freshman setter Renee Horton handed out 37 assists.

Northwestern used two setters Friday night and Stephanie Jurivich and Elyse Glab each finished with 16 assists. Lindsay Anderson led the Wildcats with 18 kills and 11 digs. Northwestern had four players with 10 or more digs, including Kate Nobilio's 17. Brittney Aldridge had six blocks.

Tournament play continues at 10:00 a.m. in Gersten Pavilion Saturday, with a match between Northwestern and UNLV. The Lions and Gauchos will follow at 12:30 p.m.

Follow all of the action on Gametracker and the Lions' Audio Network at LMULions.com.