Oct. 18, 2007
MORAGA, Calif. - Led by junior Emily Day's double-double of 18 kills and 16 digs, Loyola Marymount volleyball (11-8 overall, 3-3 in WCC) captured a three-game sweep of Saint Mary's (10-8 overall, 2-4 in WCC) on the road on Thursday night, 30-18, 31-29, 31-29. National kills per game leader Heather Hughes also collected a double-double for the Lions, tallying 16 kills and 13 digs in the victory while hitting an astounding .342 (16 for 38) in the match.
The Lions held Saint Mary's to a -0.04 hitting percentage en route to a 30-18 win in game one. Despite finding itself in an early 5-2 hole in the frame, LMU quickly caught fire and fought back to even the score at 8-8. After taking a 19-15 lead, the Lions rattled off nine unanswered points to take a commanding 27-16 advantage. Led by Hughes, who hit .500 (3 for 6) in the game, LMU coasted to a 30-18 game one victory.
Game two looked to start just as game one had ended, as LMU opened up a 7-2 lead to start the frame. This time it was Saint Mary's who rallied back from an early deficit, stringing together five straight points to even the game at 7-7. After both teams exchanged points, Day gave LMU the 13-12 lead with one of her game-high nine kills. The native of Torrance, Calif. led the Lion attack in the frame, hitting a blistering .500 (9 for 16) over the span. Senior Christianna Reneau also had an outstanding game two, turning in five of her nine kills on the match in the game. With LMU trailing 29-28, it was once again Day who stepped up, this time swinging home two straight points before Hughes notched her sixth kill of the frame to give the Lions the 31-29 game-two victory. Both teams collected impressive hitting percentages in the frame, with LMU connecting at .265 and the Gaels turning in a .279 mark.
Saint Mary's freshman Megan York, who collected a match-high 20 kills, gave the Gaels an early lead in game three, collecting the first four points of the frame for Saint Mary's via kill. After a very tight middle of the game, the Gaels took a 24-20 lead on a Megan Burton kill. Though down, the Lions were certainly not out, surging to knot the game at 28-28 on the backs of Day and Hughes, who finished the frame with eight and seven kills, respectively. The Gaels' Taylor Groess gave Saint Mary's a 29-28 lead on the ensuing play, but three straight attack errors allowed LMU to take game three and capture the three-game match sweep.
Freshman Renee Horton served up a match-high 42 assists for the Lions and Saint Mary's Alita Fisher collected a match-high 19 digs.
LMU will continue West Coast Conference play on the road this Saturday when it visits Santa Clara at 1:00 p.m.