Sept. 20, 2006
Los Angeles, Calif. - For the second time this season, Loyola Marymount volleyball topped UC Irvine 3-1 (30-26, 27-30, 30-23, 30-14) in non-conference action in Gersten Pavilion Wednesday evening. The Lions used a hot-hitting game four to improve to 12-2 on the season. The Anteaters fell to 3-9.
With the win, LMU has won 10 straight matches. The Lions have now racked up a 7-1 record in Gersten Pavilion this season.
While it may not show on the stat sheet, LMU Head Coach Steve Stratos credits senior Cat Svorinich with the match's momentum switch Wednesday. "Cat was responsible for a number of points in the last two games, and we credited her with turning the whole thing around tonight," Stratos said. "In our last match against Miami, we only played with about seven players, because those players did so well. Tonight we had some problems with the people we had on the court, and Cat was the one who came in and got the job done."
Middle blockers Sandy Krone and Megan Nash combined to hit 21-for-39 (.462) with six blocks and 13 digs on the night. "Our two middle blockers really did a great job offensively," Stratos said. "They kept us in the game when others were struggling."
Junior Christianna Reneau got the Lions going in game one, tallying seven kills while hitting .600 to help LMU to the 30-26 win.
When LMU took a 24-20 lead in the second frame, UC Irvine Head Coach Charlie Brande called a timeout to talk things over. The Anteaters came out of the break to win seven straight points and hung on for the 30-27 game two win to tie the match at 1-1.
Both squads hit under .175 in the third game, but UC Irvine climbed to an 18-12 advantage. Behind the serving of Krone, the Lions rallied off six consecutive points to tie the match at 18-18. Led by Nash's five kills in the frame, the Lions held off UCI to get the 30-23 comeback victory.
LMU went on to hit a match-high .444 in game four. Leading 22-14, the Lions posted an uninterrupted eight points to win 30-14, this time behind the serving of Emily Day. Krone proved crucial in the run, tallying two kills and two blocks over the eight points.
The Anteaters hit just 21-for-67 in the final two frames.
UCI's Lauren Kellerman led all players with 17 kills.
Reneau (12 kills), Day (11 kills), and Heather Hughes (13 kills, 13 digs) joined Nash in posting double-digit kills.
The Lions will take the weekend off before returning next Tuesday to battle UC Santa Barbara on the road at 7:00 p.m.