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Lions Push Top-20 Team to Five- Again

Nov. 4, 2006

Box Score

Los Angeles, Calif. - For the second time this week, Loyola Marymount volleyball pushed a top-20 opponent to the full five frames. And for the second time this week, the Lions saw their charge fall just short. Saturday's 3-2 (26-30, 30-32, 30-25, 30-23, 16-14) loss came at the hands of 20th-ranked Santa Clara, a NCAA Final Four participant just a year ago.

The Broncos improve to 17-6 and 7-4 in West Coast Conference play. LMU falls to 17-9 and 5-6.

Just as in Thursday's five-game loss to 15th-ranked San Diego, the Lions started the day with hot-hitting, hitting .361 as a team in game one.

LMU then won a tight battle in game two, heading into the intermission with a 2-0 lead.

But the 20th-ranked Broncos turned the tide, coming back to win three straight games behind improved team hitting and defense. It was the first time all season the Lions allowed a team to win three straight games after LMU was up 2-0. The Lions entered the match 13-0 when leading 2-0. LMU is 0-5 in five-game matches after the two heartbreakers this week.

Anna Cmaylo led the way for the Broncos, hitting at a .432 clip with 21 kills.

For the Lions, senior Sandy Krone put up impressive numbers on Senior Saturday, tallying 15 kills, 15 digs, and seven blocks while hitting .306.

Fellow senior Cat Svorinich joined Krone in pre-match ceremonies that honored the pair for their four-year contributions to the Lions.

Heather Hughes had the other double-double for the Lions with 15 kills and 17 digs.

K.C. Walsh (24 assists) and Ashley Dutro (31 assists) shared the setting duties for the Lions once again Saturday. Walsh added five blocks and five kills.

While the Lions will now hit the road for their final three WCC match-ups, fans can follow all of the action on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.

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