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Lions Fall in WCC Finale

Nov. 16, 2006

Box Score

MALIBU, Calif. - Loyola Marymount (17-12, 5-9 WCC) and 25th-ranked Pepperdine volleyball split the season series of West Coast Conference action after the Waves (15-10, 11-3 WCC) returned the favor with a 3-0 (30-21, 30-24, 30-28) win Thursday night in Malibu. Both teams conclude the 2006 season of WCC play, with each team sweeping on its home court.

The win marked the seventh straight victory for the Waves, who suffered their last loss at the hands of the Lions back on October 19.

Junior Christianna Reneau led the Lions with a double-double, posting 10 kills and 12 digs on the night. Setter Ashley Dutro added 34 assists.

Senior Sandy Krone got the Lions off to a hot start, posting three quick kills. But Pepperdine went on to hit .450 as a team in the first frame to pull away with a five point lead. The Lions were able to hang in, thanks to five service errors from the Waves. But Pepperdine's Julie Rubenstein's seven kills led the Waves to the 30-21 game one win.

The Lions won four straight points to work up to a 16-12 lead in game two, but the Waves battled back to tie things at 20 and never looked back. LMU cooled to a .122 hitting percentage and went to the 10-minute intermission trailing 2-0.

LMU controlled most of game three, forcing Pepperdine to call a timeout at 18-15. Christianna Reneau led the Lions to a five point lead at 22-17 on a solo block. But the Waves fought back once again, and LMU Head Coach Steve Stratos took a timeout of his own when Pepperdine pulled back within two at 22-20. Pepperdine continued to roll, tying things by 24-24 en route to five straight points that put the Waves up 27-24. The Waves held on to win 30-28 to secure the 3-0 match win.

On Pepperdine's Senior Night, senior Sophia Milo led the Waves with 16 kills and seven blocks. As a team, the Waves hit better than .380 in two of three frames on the night.

LMU will wrap-up the regular season next week with two matches in Gersten Pavilion. Both will be part of a doubleheader with LMU women's basketball, with volleyball following basketball each night. Tuesday's match against Cal State Northridge is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start. The Lions will then host Dayton Saturday at 8:00 p.m.

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