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Lions Hand Fullerton First Loss

Sept. 5, 2006

Los Angeles, Calif. - Loyola Marymount volleyball handed Cal State Fullerton its first loss of 2006 Tuesday night in Gersten Pavilion. The Lions swept the Titans 3-0 (34-32, 31-29, 30-22) to win their third straight match and improve to 5-2. Cal State Fullerton fell to 5-1 on the season.

The Lion duo of Emily Day and Heather Hughes combined for 29 kills and 31 digs, with each Day and Hughes posting double-doubles and hitting better than .300 on the night.

Ashley Dutro, Cat Svorinich, and K.C. Walsh shared the setting duties and led the LMU offense to a .313 team hitting percentage. The Lions hit a match-high .417 in the final frame.

The first two games were back-and-forth battles that traded leads a combined 35 times. Hughes had six of her 14 kills in the first game alone, while it was Day's kill that closed the second game win for the Lions. Both games were so close that extra points were needed for the Lions to get the needed two point advantage.

The Titans jumped out to an early 6-2 lead in the third frame, forcing LMU Head Coach Steve Stratos to take a quick timeout. The Lions then battled back to tie things at seven before pulling away with a 16-11 advantage, thanks in part to one of Day's two service aces. The Titans called a timeout trailing 23-20, but the Lions came out winning five straight points that featured a kill by Christianna Reneau and a block by Walsh and Megan Nash. Day's 15th kill of the night secured the sweep with the 30-22 game three win.

Cal State Fullerton was led by Brittany Moore, who posted 13 kills while hitting .500. She added three blocks.

Led by Day's 18 digs, LMU out-dug Cal State Fullerton 64-43.

The win was the third straight for the Lions, improving their home record to 3-1 in Gersten Pavilion.

LMU remains at home for the weekend and will host the 2006 LMU Four Points Sheraton-LAX Classic Friday and Saturday. In the Classic, the Lions will face UC Irvine, SMU, and Nevada. All matches will be carried on Gametracker and live video streaming. The LMU matches will also feature an audio broadcast on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com. All services are free for Lion fans.