Sept. 25, 2007
FULLERTON, Calif. - After 10 days off from competition, Loyola Marymount volleyball returned to form quickly, sweeping Cal State Fullerton 3-0 (30-21, 30-23, 30-28) in non-conference road action Tuesday. The win marked LMU's 12th straight win over the Titans (7-6), as the Lions (8-5) have not dropped a match to the cross-town foe since the 1980s.
The Lions hit .305 as a team behind the setting of Renee Horton, who finished with 39 assists and eight digs.
National kills per game leader Heather Hughes finished with her 10th double-double of the season with 16 kills and 11 digs on a .343 hitting percentage.
Senior Jania Motton added 10 kills and three blocks while hitting .526. Erin Downey tallied nine kills, hitting .727.
An early block by =Downey and Hughes helped the Lions take a 6-1 lead in game one and forced a Titan timeout. But Cal State Fullerton bounced back within one at 12-11. The Lions regrouped and maintained the lead, cruising to a 30-21 victory.
Game two was close early, until the Lions built an 18-13 lead on a kill by Downey. Once again, Cal State Fullerton battled back within one before LMU pulled away for good. Hughes' service ace won game point for the Lions at 30-23.
Game three was the closest frame, including a tie as late as 24-24. But the Lions won the next four straight points to take a 28-24 lead. They held on for a 30-28 win to ensure the sweep.
The Lions out-blocked the Titans eight to four, thanks in part to four blocks by Emily Day. The defense held Cal State Fullerton to hit just .169 as a team.
Next up for the Lions is the West Coast Conference opener Saturday night at Pepperdine. Follow all of the action on both Gametracker and the Lions' Audio Network at LMULions.com.