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Day is Tops on the Day, LMU Downs USF 3-1

Nov. 10, 2007

Box Score

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Led by Emily Day's double-double of a match-high 27 kills and 16 digs while hitting .400 (27-for-55), Loyola Marymount (14-11, 6-6 WCC) defeated San Francisco (15-13, 4-8 WCC), 3-1, in a four-game match Saturday afternoon. The Lions won the match by scores of 26-30, 30-23, 30-21 and 30-27. Christianna Reneau and Renee Horton also collected double-doubles in the victory, with Reneau tallying a season-high tying 19 kills and 15 digs and Horton collecting 55 assists and 12 digs. Senior Heather Hughes had 11 kills, six assists, a season-high four aces, eight digs and two blocks.

USF opened the match by winning game one, 30-26 led by six kills from freshman Sarah Mandala and junior Alix Gombos. LMU was led by Day's five kills in game one on a .364 hitting percentage (five-for-11). The Dons hit .269 in the first frame compared to the Lions' .155.

Both teams came out swinging in the second game, with San Francisco connecting at a .351 pace and the Lions hitting a stellar .475 (21-for-40). Day, Reneau and Hughes all had six kills for LMU in the 30-23 win, while Horton dished-out 16 assists in the frame. After a seesaw battle to start the game, Day gave LMU the 16-12 lead with one of her six kills. Hughes helped the Lions to a 22-16 advantage with a kill before another Hughes kill made it 27-21 late in the frame. Reneau gave the Lions a 29-22 game-point advantage before she collected the game-winner at 30-22 from Horton.

Hughes helped give the Lions a big lead in game three, scoring three aces in a 9-0 LMU run to open the frame. Reneau led all hitters with six kills in the game, while Becky Stehling hit an impressive .600 (three-for-five) over the span. USF would cut the lead to two at 18-16 following two blocks and two kills by Mandala and Gombos, but LMU pushed the advantage to 25-18 on a Horton service ace that forced a USF timeout. LMU maintained momentum after the break, moving the frame to game-point on another Reneau kill. For the second consecutive game, Reneau and Horton combined for the game-winner at 30-21.

Day came unglued in the fourth game, tallying 13 of the Lions' 21 kills in the frame to guide LMU to the 30-27 game-four victory. Day took 22 total swings in the game, collecting 13.5 points to the tune of a .545 hitting percentage. Despite Day's unparalleled individual performance, the Lions and Dons were matched in a close game three. Senior Jania Motton gave LMU the 14-10 advantage with one of her six match kills. LMU ran the lead to 21-17 on Hughes' fourth ace of the match before back-to-back Day kills made it 28-23. USF battled back to 28-26 before Day stopped the run with another kill to make it match point at 29-26. Linzy Kearny collected a kill for the Dons before Day fittingly put away the game-winner to give LMU the 30-27 game-four win and 3-1 match victory.

USF had nine service errors to the Lions' seven service aces in the win.

Mandala led the Dons with 18 kills and four blocks. Gombos added 14 kills and six blocks. Darcy Carroll collected a double-double with 45 assists and 10 digs and Haley Carroll had a match-high 31 digs.

LMU will conclude WCC play next week when it hosts Santa Clara and Saint Mary's on Thursday and Saturday.