Nov. 10, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO - Led by Emily Day's 27-kills and 16 digs Loyola Marymount (14-11, 6-6 WCC) defeated San Francisco (15-13, 4-8 WCC) in a four-game match Saturday afternoon. The Dons' attack was even to the Lions but too many errors made the difference in USF's home finale.
San Francisco continued hitting well in game two registering a hitting percentage of .351. However, the Lions offense awoke and collected 21 kills on 40 attempts while committing only two errors. Day, Christianna Reneau and Heather Hughes all had six kills for LMU in a 30-23 win.
Hughes helped give the Lions a big lead in game three, scoring four aces in a 9-0 LMU run in the frame's opening. USF would cut the lead to two at 18-16 following two blocks and two kills by Mandala and Gombos. But LMU pushed back to a nine point edge and closed out the game, 30-21.
Six kills from Mandala got overshadowed by a 13 kills performance from Day in the fourth frame which LMU won, 30-27.
USF had nine service errors to the Lions' seven service aces. On a high note, San Francisco out-blocked LMU 11-10.
Mandala led the Dons with 18 kills and four blocks. Gombos added 14 kills and six blocks.
The Carroll sisters, Darcy and Haley, also played well for USF as Darcy collected a 45 assists, 10 digs double-double and Haley had a match-high 31 digs.
LMU's Reneau had 19 kills, 15 digs. Renee Horton collected 55 assists, 12 digs and Hughes had 11 kills, six assists, four aces, eight digs and two blocks.
USF finishes the 2007 regular season next Thursday and Saturday with matches at Portland and Gonzaga.
DONS' NOTES - Seniors Kristen Hasselberg, Brynn Maurer, Linzy Kearney and Ally Henthorn were recognized prior to Saturday's match.... Hasselberg had 11 kills and three blocks in her final appearance at War Memorial Gym. She now sits 21 kills away from displacing Brittanie Buddinger as the Dons' all-time leader in career kills... Maurer had eight kills and 12 digs and Kearney seven kills.