Oct. 28, 2006
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.
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.