Nov. 2, 2006
Los Angeles, Calif. - It took 15th-ranked San Diego the full five frames to hold off the charge of Loyola Marymount in West Coast Conference volleyball action Thursday night in Gersten Pavilion (28-30, 30-20, 29-31, 33-31, 15-10). LMU was the first WCC team of the season to push the Toreros to five, as San Diego extends its winning streak to 16 straight WCC matches.
With the win, the No. 15 Toreros improve to 20-4 and 10-0 in WCC play. LMU falls to 17-8 and an even 5-5 in league action.
The Lions were the last conference team to knock off San Diego dating back to the 2005 season. LMU snapped the Toreros' 16-match home winning streak last season with a 3-2 win in Jenny Craig Pavilion on October 28. Since then, USD has rattled off 16 straight victories over WCC foes.
LMU came as close as could be to snapping another Torero streak Thursday night. The Lions won the first frame 30-28 behind a .400 team hitting percentage. Sophomore Emily Day led the early Lion charge, hitting .700 in game one with eight kills.
USD sent the match to the intermission tied 1-1 after the Toreros hit .412 as a team in game two for the 30-20 win.
The next two frames were neck-and-neck, with LMU going up 2-1 after a 31-29 win in game three. The Lions were just two points from closing out a 3-1 win when San Diego fought back to win game four 33-31.
Statistics were not on the Lions' side when the Toreros pushed the match to a decisive fifth game: LMU entered the match 0-3 in contests that went the full five frames.
But the Lions continued to impress, taking an 8-7 lead in game five on one of Heather Hughes' 13 kills of the night. Day tied the game at 9-9 on a kill, before San Diego outscored LMU 6-1 to win the final frame 15-10.
Junior Christianna Reneau notched an LMU career-high 26 kills to go along with her 11 digs. Day (11 kills, 12 digs) and Hughes (13 kills, 12 digs) also recorded double-doubles.
The Lions and Toreros finished even in the block column at eight each. Senior Sandy Krone led the way for LMU with five total blocks.
USD's Kristen Carlson led all players with 34 kills and 18 digs.
LMU is back in action in Gersten Pavilion Saturday, when the Lions host 20th-ranked Santa Clara at 1:00 p.m. LMU will honor seniors Krone and Cat Svorinich prior to the start of the final WCC home contest of the season. Fans who can't make it to Senior Saturday can follow all of the action on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.