Nov. 3, 2007
LOS ANGELES, CA - Loyola Marymount (13-10, 5-5 in WCC) swept Portland (7-18, 0-11 in WCC) in impressive fashion by scores of 30-12, 30-20 and 30-22 on Saturday afternoon in Gersten Pavilion. The Lions hit .333 overall in the match, led by senior Jania Motton's .625 (10 for 16) mark. Senior Christianna Reneau collected a match-high 13 kills while hitting .417 on the day, including her 1,000th career kill for the game-winner in game one. Reneau becomes just the 10th player in LMU history to reach the 1,000-kill plateau, joining teammate Heather Hughes at 1,599 career kills.
The Lions hit a blistering .516 (19 for 31) in game one, led by Hughes' perfect 1.000 on three attacks, to easily take a 30-12 victory in the first frame. Reneau led all hitters with seven kills in the game, and hit an amazing .636 over that span, to guide LMU to the victory. The Lions opened up an early 3-0 lead before advancing to 6-2 on a Hughes kill. Reneau capped a seven-point LMU run that left the score at 12-4 before back-to-back Portland attack errors made the score 18-7 in favor of the Lions. 11 of the 30 LMU points in the frame came by way of a Portland error, seven on the attack, two on serves and one blocking error. LMU took the 25-10 lead on another of Hughes' three kills in the game. Reneau fittingly put away the last three LMU points in the game, entering the record books in impressive fashion.
Game two started just as game one had ended, as LMU jumped out to an early 10-3 lead on kills by Emily Day and Erin Downey and a block by Motton. With the game at 12-7, the Lions put away four unanswered points to earn a 16-7 advantage. Portland would battle back to run the score to 20-14 before kills by Reneau and Motton made the score 23-14. Three straight kills by Jessica Clemens put the Pilots within striking distance at 27-20, but the Lions proved too tough as a kill by Hughes and two by Reneau advanced game two to game point. With Portland on the ropes, Day gave LMU the 30-20 victory with one of her two match aces.
Reneau and Becky Stehling each hit .800 in game three, collecting four kills apiece in the victory. Day gave LMU the slight 20-17 lead with one of her three kills in the frame before Portland responded to cut the lead to 22-20 just a few plays later. The Lions refused to give any further breathing room, taking a 24-20 lead on a Hughes kill to force a Portland timeout. LMU continued to push the accelerator after the break, advancing the lead to 27-22 before the Pilots elected to burn their final timeout. Back-to-back Portland attack errors pushed the match to match point before Reneau sealed the victory with her 13th kill on the day.
LMU will return to action on November 8 when it visits 15th-ranked and WCC foe San Diego at 7:00 p.m. The Lions will then travel to San Francisco to battle the Dons on November 10 at 1:00 p.m.