Sept. 28, 2006
Los Angeles, Calif. - The Loyola Marymount offense was firing on all cylinders Thursday, as the Lions opened West Coast Conference play with a 3-0 (30-23, 30-22, 30-16) sweep over the University of Portland (7-7, 0-1 WCC). With the win, the Lions (13-3, 1-0 WCC) improve to an impressive 8-1 in Gersten Pavilion.
Led by junior Christianna Reneau's 20 kills and 14 digs, the Lion offense hit .331 as a team tonight. At the helm of the LMU offense, setter Ashley Dutro finished with 39 assists. Reneau, Sandy Krone, and Heather Hughes combined for 44 kills.
The offensive attack helped LMU open WCC play with a victory and improved the Lions' all-time series advantage to 32-8 over Portland.
Game one was as close as the Pilots could get, as the lead changed five times over the course of the frame. One of Krone's 12 kills gave the Lions the advantage for the rest of the game, as LMU worked up to the 30-23 final.
The Lions improved with each game and never relinquished the lead in the second frame. Reneau posted eight of her 20 kills and hit .727 to lead the Lions in game two.
Hitting .371 in game three and holding Portland to hit just .028, the Lions ran off eight straight points early to take a 14-4 lead behind the serving of Hughes. LMU's lead continued to increase, and the Lions secured the sweep with a 30-16 game three victory.
Reneau, who had 19 kills Tuesday night at UC Santa Barbara, hit .607 tonight. Dutro (39 assists, 12 digs) and Hughes (12 kills, 12 digs) joined Reneau in posting double-doubles.
LMU held Portland to hit just .079, with no Pilots reaching the double-digit kill mark.
UP's Ashley Grayson led all players with four blocks.
The Lions continue WCC play this weekend, hosting Gonzaga Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in Gersten Pavilion. Gonzaga will enter the match coming off tonight's 3-0 loss to Pepperdine. Saturday's LMU-Gonzaga match will be carried free of charge on Gametracker and Lions' All-Access, both at www.LMULions.com.