Oct. 27, 2007
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Loyola Marymount volleyball (11-10, 3-5 in WCC) was held to a .148 hitting percentage before being swept, 3-0, by Pepperdine (13-7, 5-3 in WCC) by scores of 33-31, 30-28 and 31-29 on Saturday night at Gersten Pavilion. Junior Emily Day (11 kills and 17 digs) and senior Heather Hughes (14 kills and 16 digs) each collected double-doubles for the Lions in the match.
LMU and Pepperdine were locked in tight game one, with both teams trading blows early. The two teams were tied at 8-8 before a kill by Lecca Roberts and a team block gave Pepperdine the 10-8 advantage. Roberts led Pepperdine with 13 kills in the match, and hit a match-best .417 (13 for 24). LMU battled back to tie the game at 11 on one of Hughes' four kills in the game. The Waves were first to reach 15, doing so on a kill by Caitlin Lawson to take a 15-13 lead. Trailing 23-20, LMU battled back with three straight points to knot the game at 23-23, highlighted by kills by Christianna Reneau and Day, to force a Pepperdine timeout. Day recorded a game-high tying six kills and Reneau added five of her own in the loss. The Lions came out strong after the timeout, quickly taking a 25-23 lead. Pepperdine refused to surrender, tying the game at 30-30 and at 31-31 before back-to-back kills by Cassi Chamberlain gave Pepperdine the 33-31 victory in game one.
LMU opened up an early 3-0 lead in game two and extended the lead to 5-2 on one of Reneau's three kills in the game. Pepperdine proved strong, working its way back to a tie at 5-5 and taking a lead at 9-8. Whitney Leonard gave LMU the lead at 15-13 with her only kill of the match before an attack error by Hughes knotted the game at 17 apiece. After battling back-and-forth to a tie at 25-25, Pepperdine took a two-point advantage on a Roberts kill and a Lion attack error. Roberts followed with her third kill of the game to push the score to 29-27 before Chamberlain put away the game-winner for the second consecutive frame at 30-28.
Pepperdine came out strong in game three, hitting .227 as a team and holding LMU to a .024 mark on the other side. Roberts and Chamberlain teamed to tally four kills apiece for the Waves and Hughes and Erin Downey each collected four for LMU. Despite serving up seven service errors in the game, Pepperdine led most of the frame. The Waves held an early 7-3 advantage after a Lawson kill and advanced their lead to 15-11 on Lawson's only other kill in the game. Hughes and LMU scratched back to 19-17 before going on to trail 24-19 on another Chamberlain kill. After an LMU timeout with the score 26-22, the Lions rallied to cut the deficit to 26-25 and force a Pepperdine timeout. On the ropes at 29-26, the Lions battled back to 29-28 on a Day service ace. The ensuing Pepperdine attack was blocked by Jania Motton to knot the game at 29-29. Unfortunately for the Lions, that would be as close as they would come to victory as Day's next serve went for an error and Julie Rubenstein put away the match-winner to claim the 31-29 victory.
Hughes, the nations kill per game leader, led all hitters with 14 kills in the match. Freshman Renee Horton collected a team-best 22 assists, while Kiah Fiers posted a match-high 38 for Pepperdine. Day recorded a match-high 17 digs, while Hughes and freshman Leonard collected 16 and 15, respectively.
Kayla Walker collected a team-best 10 digs for Pepperdine, while Rubenstein, Nina Baltimore and Krista Friedman each tallied 10.
LMU will return to action on Thursday when it hosts Gonzaga at 7:00 p.m. at Gersten Pavilion.