Sept. 2, 2006
Los Angeles, Calif. - Loyola Marymount volleyball made quick work of Fresno State in the morning match of the 2006 LMU-USC Hilton LAX Invitational, sweeping the Bulldogs 3-0 (30-15, 30-25, 30-26). With the victory, the Lions improve to 3-2, while the Bulldogs fall to 1-4.
Senior Cat Svorinich, normally a defensive specialist for the Lions, stepped up for LMU at the setter position Saturday morning. Svorinich shared the duties with Ashley Dutro, with the senior tallying 19 and Dutro finishing with 22 assists. Svorinich also added one of the Lions' 10 service aces, a shot that ended game one. The pair of setters led the Lion offense to a .358 team hitting percentage.
Junior Jania Motton had 10 kills in just 15 swings to hit .667. Fellow junior Heather Hughes tallied a match-high 13 kills and nine digs. Posting five service aces against 11th-ranked Tennessee Friday night, Hughes added another four against the Bulldogs.
A kill by Hughes tied the first game at 9-9. One of Hughes' four service aces soon then forced Fresno State to take a timeout at 13-9. The Lions never trailed again, taking five straight points behind the serving of Dutro. LMU led 27-15 before winning three straight points to seal the 30-15 game one win.
The second frame was more of the same, as a 1-1 tie was the only tie of the game. Senior Sandy Krone served the Lions to four straight points to help LMU pull away 12-5, forcing the Bulldogs to take a timeout. Krone put together another timeout-forcing run later in the game at 23-14. But Megan Nash, Hughes, Motton, and Emily Day did not let Fresno State off easy, recording late-game kills to give LMU the 2-0 lead in the match.
The Bulldogs kept up the fight in the third frame, though. LMU led early, but Fresno State tied things at six and hung on to force a total of eight ties in the game. Christianna Reneau served the Lions to six straight points, and LMU pulled away with the 20-14 lead. That lead proved to be enough, as the Lions sealed the match with the 30-26 game three win.
Alisha McKee had 10 kills to lead Fresno State.
The Lions held Fresno State to just a .149 team hitting percentage, and out-dug the Bulldogs 50 to 35.
LMU will wrap-up play at the 2006 LMU-USC Hilton LAX Invitational with a 7:00 p.m. match against North Carolina. The match will be carried on Gametracker and live video on www.LMULions.com. Lions' All-Access will also have an audio broadcast at www.LMULions.com. All features are free of charge.