Nov. 9, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO - Loyola Marymount got off to a slow start Thursday night and was not able to turn the tide, falling 3-0 (30-26, 30-19, 30-25) at San Francisco in West Coast Conference volleyball action. With the loss, the programs switch places in the WCC standings, with LMU (17-10, 5-7 WCC) now a half match behind fourth-place San Francisco (21-7, 5-6 WCC).
LMU sophomore Emily Day posted the Lions' only statistical double-double of the night with 12 kills and 10 digs while hitting .455.
Though the Lions took a four point lead at 12-8 in the first frame, LMU hit just .170 as a team in the game. The Dons tied things at 19-19 and went on to a 5-1 run that led to the 30-26 victory.
LMU's fortune did not improve in game two, as the Lions' dropped to a .119 clip as a team. USF scored 12 straight points out of an 8-8 tie to take a lead the Dons would not relinquish for the 30-19 game two win.
The Lions improved in game three, hitting above .200 and rallying in an attempt to avoid a USF sweep. But the Dons hung on for the 30-25 win to secure the 3-0 WCC victory.
The win marked back-to-back WCC sweeps for the Dons, who topped Saint Mary's 3-0 last Saturday.
USF outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg tallied a match-high 16 kills on .344 hitting to go along with five digs and a pair of blocks to lead the Dons.
Historically, LMU has recorded much success against San Francisco. Entering Thursday night's match-up, the Lions had never fallen 3-0 to USF and had not dropped the season series since 1988.
The Lions were the only WCC team to avoid a sweep during September and October. LMU had only fallen 3-0 one other time this season: the season-opening weekend in August.
With two WCC road contests remaining, the Lions will look to rebound against Saint Mary's Saturday. The match-up is slated for a 1:00 p.m. start.