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LMU Wins Miami Hurricane Invite

Sept. 16, 2006

Box Score

Miami, Calif. - For the second straight weekend, the Lions were crowned tournament champions. This time, Loyola Marymount volleyball earned the title with a 3-0 (31-29, 30-27, 30-24) sweep of the host Hurricanes at the 2006 Miami Hurricane Invitational.

With its ninth straight victory, LMU improves to 11-2. Miami falls to 2-6 on the season.

The Lions had secured the tournament title earlier in the day with their 3-0 win over Florida A&M. But the win over Miami ensured a perfect showing for the Lions, as they also topped Jacksonville in day one action Friday.

Heather Hughes earned her second tournament MVP selection in as many weekends. Christianna Reneau and Sandy Krone joined Hughes on the all-tournament team.

Junior setter Ashley Dutro led the Lions Saturday night, finishing with 39 assists and 10 digs. She added four kills, hitting .667. With Dutro at the helm of the LMU offense, the Lions hit .304 in game two and .436 in the final frame.

Miami led almost all of game one and took a 28-22 lead late in the frame. But the Lions rattled off seven straight points, which featured three service aces by Emily Day, to go up 29-28. LMU closed the game with the 31-29 win on a kill by Reneau.

Game two was closer throughout, and was tied as late as 25-25. But Reneau and Hughes combined for four straight kills to give the Lions game point at 29-25. Hughes sealed the victory at 30-27 with another kill.

After game three was tied at 9-9, LMU took the lead and never looked back. A kill by Day gave the Lions a 24-18 lead, and LMU would hold onto that six point advantage to secure the sweep.

Reneau led the Lions in kills, finishing with 15 and adding seven digs. Day tallied 12 kills and eight digs while hitting .458. Krone also just missed a double-double, finishing with 10 digs and eight kills, while hitting .300. Hughes had 13 kills and eight digs.

LMU returns to Gersten Pavilion for its only match of the week this Wednesday, when the Lions host UC Irvine. The Lions and the Anteaters met earlier this season in the LMU Four Points Sheraton-LAX Classic, with the Lions winning 3-1. UC Irvine was named tournament runner-up, while the Lions claimed the title. First serve Wednesday is set for 7:00 p.m., with all of the action carried on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com (Gametracker, live audio, live video).

-GO LIONS