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Lions Top Portland 3-1

Oct. 28, 2006

Box Score

PORTLAND, Ore. - Loyola Marymount volleyball wrapped up the week's Northwest road swing with a 3-1 (30-24, 30-23, 24-30, 30-26) victory over the University of Portland Saturday afternoon in the Chiles Center. With the victory, LMU improves to 17-7 and 5-4 in WCC play, while Portland drops to 8-14 and 1-8.

Heather Hughes tallied a match-high 18 kills while Christianna Reneau had a match-high 24 digs. Both Hughes and Reneau had double-doubles -- Hughes with 18 kills and 13 digs and Reneau with 14 kills and 24 digs. Senior Sandy Krone narrowly missed a double-double of her own, tallying 11 kills and nine digs.

Junior Ashley Dutro (27 assists) and sophomore K.C. Walsh (19 assists) shared the setting duties Saturday.

In game one, Loyola Marymount took a 9-8 lead early and never looked back, keeping Portland at arms-length the rest of the game, at one point building a 20-11 advantage. The Pilots cut the score to 24-20, but the Lions hung on for the 30-24 game one win.

Game two was similar to the first frame. Once Loyola Marymount took a 10-9 lead, the Lions never trailed again. The Pilots kept the game close, but LMU held its advantage with timely kills by Hughes and Reneau.

Down 2-0, the Pilots picked up momentum during the break and ran all the way to the 30-24 game three win.

LMU went up 9-4 in game four, but the Pilots fought back to tie the frame at 12-12. The Lions then took over, surging to a 21-14 lead. But the Pilots once again fought back behind the strength of their work at the net. After three consecutive Portland blocks cut the Lion lead to 27-24, an attack error put the Pilots within two points at 27-25. LMU held off the Pilots to seal the match with a 30-26 game four victory.

Pilot Nicole Thometz (13 kills) led three Portland players with double-digit kills.

The Lions will return to Gersten Pavilion to host top-25 teams San Diego and Santa Clara Thursday and Saturday.

-GO LIONS-