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Lions Win 3-2 Thriller Over Oregon State

Sept. 14, 2007

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STOCKTON, Calif. - Down by five points in the decisive game five, Loyola Marymount volleyball battled back to win 15-13 to hold off the Oregon State Beavers 3-2 (24-30, 30-21, 28-30, 30-23, 15-13) in day two of the Asics Tournament, hosted by Pacific. The Lions (7-5) had four players in double-digit kills, as they were in comeback mode all match after dropping the first game to the Beavers (7-4) 30-24.

Four players had double-doubles, with Emily Day (28 kills, 17 digs), Christianna Reneau (16 kills, 33 digs), Heather Hughes (27 kills, 12 digs), and Renee Horton (74 assists, 16 digs) leading the way for the Lions. Day's 28 kills were a career-high, as were Reneau's 33 digs.

Erin Downey stepped up for the Lions Friday, chipping in a season-high 12 kills on a .647 hitting percentage.

Whitney Leonard added 23 digs.

A 12-point run in the middle of the frame handed Oregon State the 30-24 win in game one. Both teams hit under .200, and the Lions were out-blocked six to one.

Tied at the media timeout, the Lions came out to win seven straight points behind the serving of Leonard and kills by Day, Downey, Reneau, and Hughes to take a 23-18 lead over the Beavers. Downey threw down two more kills to help the Lions to the 30-21 win that evened the match at 1-1.

LMU trailed by as many as five points early in game three, but the Lions battled back and tied things at 13 on a kill by Day. The teams were within two points of each other for the remainder of the game and were tied at 28-28. The Beavers won the next two points for the 30-28 victory in game three.

Thanks in part to service aces by Lauren Kirk and Horton, the Lions took a 9-6 lead in game four to force an OSU timeout. The LMU lead extended to six on a kill by Day and seven on a big solo block by Jania Motton, which forced the Beavers to use their second timeout at 16-9. Late-game kills by Downey and Day kept things out of touch for the Beavers, as LMU won game four 30-23 to force a decisive game five.

OSU came out on a mission in game five, taking a 5-2 lead. But Hughes kept the Lions within two at 5-3 with her 24th kill of the night. The Beavers built an 8-4 lead before the teams switched sides. Oregon State built a five-point lead at 13-8, but a kill, block, and an ace helped bring the Lions back to tie it at 13-13. LMU won the next two points, including an ace by Reneau to seal the match with the 15-13 game five win.

The Lions out-dug the Beavers 104-78.

The two Asics Tournament matches marked the first out-of-town tests for the Lions, who head back to Los Angeles 1-1 after the tough tournament week.

With conference action on deck, the Lions will take a week to prepare before returning to action Tuesday, September 24 at Cal State Fullerton. Then, WCC play starts Saturday the 29th at cross-town rival Pepperdine. Both matches start at 7:00 p.m. and will be carried on Gametracker and the Lions' Audio Network at LMULions.com.

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