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Lions Sweep SMU

Sept. 9, 2006

Los Angeles, Calif. - Loyola Marymount volleyball won its fifth straight match Saturday in day two action at the LMU Four Points Sheraton-LAX Classic. The Lions (7-2) topped SMU (7-2) in a 3-0 sweep (30-18, 30-20, 30-26) to remain perfect in tournament play this weekend.

Heather Hughes led the Lions in the afternoon match-up, finishing with 16 kills and 13 digs, while hitting .343. The junior also had six service aces, five of which came in the first game.

"Heather was so dominant," LMU Head Coach Steve Stratos said. She was just a huge force serving. She was just amazing."

As a team, the Lions totaled 13 aces.

LMU held SMU to just a .087 hitting percentage.

The Lions themselves hit their best in game two, posting a .533 clip, thanks in part to the leadership of setter Ashley Dutro. Dutro finished with 46 assists, five kills, and six digs.

"Dutro once again has really found her step," Stratos said. "She is playing at the level where we feel she is capable of playing."

The Lions also got a boost from junior Christianna Reneau, who finished with 12 kills and 14 digs.

"Christianna really was great all-around for us today," Stratos said.

Sophomore Lauren Kirk played the libero position for the Lions, finishing with 11 digs and a service ace.

"The last two matches, our unsung hero has been our libero, Lauren," Stratos said. "She has really done a great job, and what doesn't show up in the stats is her passing percentage in serve-receive, and it's tremendous right now."

Saturday afternoon's victory is the fifth-straight for the Lions, who's last loss came at the hands of 11th-ranked Tennessee.

"I thought today was really a team effort and everyone played well," LMU Head Coach Stratos said.

The Lions wrap up tournament play tonight at 7:30 against Nevada (4-4, 0-2 in tournament). Live coverage (Gametracker, audio, and video) can be found free of charge at www.LMULions.com.