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Lions Get Career-High from Hughes, But Can't Top Zags

Oct. 6, 2007

Box Score

SPOKANE, Wash. - The month-long road swing did not end as the Lions would have liked, as Loyola Marymount (9-7, 1-2 WCC) volleyball fell 3-1 (33-31, 33-31, 28-30, 30-24) on the road to Gonzaga (12-7, 1-3 WCC) in a West Coast Conference match-up. Three of the four games were decided by the minimum two points as the teams battled on the second weekend of league play.

Senior Heather Hughes was the bright spot for the Lions, as she recorded a match and career-high 32 kills while hitting .380 on the afternoon. The 32 kills just topped her previous best of 31 kills, which she recorded against UNLV last month. Hughes, still leading the nation in kills per game, upped her season average to 5.93 kills per game. She is now just five kills shy of the 1,500 career kill milestone. On Saturday, she added 14 digs, four blocks, and three assists.

Gonzaga needed extra points to win the first two frames, as each went to 33-31. In game one, the Bulldogs out-blocked LMU seven to two and held the Lions to hit .190 as a team. In game two, Gonzaga warmed up to hit .381 as a team.

LMU had one of its best blocking games of the season in game three, as the Lions recorded seven blocks, while hitting .341 to claim the 30-28 victory.

The Lions made three service errors in the fourth frame, as Gonzaga closed out the win with a 30-24 victory.

The Bulldogs were led by Becky Jones' 22 kill, 10 dig double-double outing.

Junior Emily Day recorded 22 kills, seven digs, and four blocks, while hitting .295 for the Lions. Fellow junior Erin Downey hit 6-for-9 with five blocks.

Setter Renee Horton tallied 66 assists and five digs, while libero Lauren Kirk had 13 digs.

After a month on the road, the Lions will finally return home for a big week of WCC action. On Thursday, the Lions will host San Francisco in a 7:00 p.m. Dig for the Cure match. Click here to learn more about the Lions' Dig for the Cure efforts and to join them in the fight against breast cancer.

On Saturday, the Lions host 14th-ranked San Diego at 1:00 p.m. Make sure to arrive early to catch the 12:45 p.m. jersey retirement ceremony for Olympian Sarah Noriega, who led the 1996 Lions to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.

Both matches will be carried on Gametracker and the Lions' Audio Network at LMULions.com.

-GO LIONS-