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WCC Women's Volleyball Recaps

Nov. 21, 2006

Loyola Marymount - 3
Cal State Northridge - 1


LOS ANGELES, CA - Loyola Marymount (18-12) volleyball topped Cal State Northridge (16-12) 3-1 (30-18, 30-26, 24-30, 30-22) in non-conference action Tuesday night in Gersten Pavilion. The match was part of a doubleheader with LMU women's basketball that saw both Lion teams pick up wins over their Big West opponents.

The Lions got a boost from sophomore Emily Day, who put up 23 kills, hitting at a season-best .488 clip. Combined with her 15 digs, Day had one of the Lions' four statistical double-doubles.

Ashley Dutro (54 assists, 12 digs), Christianna Reneau (10 kills, 13 digs), and Heather Hughes (12 kills, 15 digs) had the other big numbers for the Lions.

Seniors Sandy Krone and Cat Svorinich combined for 29 digs for the Lions.

The Lions held Cal State Northridge to just a .133 team hitting percentage Tuesday night.

LMU was most commanding in game one, breaking a 4-4 tie behind the serving of Hughes for three straight points. The Lions never trailed again in the frame, pulling away by as many as 14 before winning 30-18. Day tallied seven kills, hitting .700, in game one.

The Lions cooled off slightly in game two, but fought off a surging Matador squad at the end of the frame with some tough defense for the 30-26 win.

An early six-point run in game three gave Cal State Northridge the lead for the rest of the frame. LMU pulled within two again at 17-15, but the Matadors rallied off a convincing eight straight points to push the contest to four games with a 30-24 win in game three.

The Lions hit their best in game four, using a .354 team hitting percentage to help seal the 3-1 victory with a 30-22 victory.

Darla Donaldson led the Matadors with 13 kills and five blocks. Setter Angela Hupp had a match-high 20 digs.

Earlier in the day, the West Coast Conference announced its annual selections, with Hughes earning first-team honors and Reneau receiving honorable mention recognition.

The Lions will host the final match of the regular season this Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. against the Dayton Flyers. The Flyers will first take on Pepperdine in Malibu Wednesday night. Once again, Saturday's match will follow LMU women's basketball, as basketball will have the final two games of their Thanksgiving tournament at 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. in Gersten Pavilion.


San Diego - 3
Cal State Fullerton - 0


SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Paced by senior Christie Dawson's 15 kills and senior Kristen Carlson's 17 kills, the 17th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team swept Cal State Fullerton in the regular-season finale for both teams Tuesday evening at the Jenny Craig Pavilion in a non-conference match.

With the 31-29, 30-21, 30-22 win, the Toreros complete the regular season with a 24-5 overall record and have won four consecutive matches. With the loss, the Titans fall to 17-12 overall.

Carlson, the newly crowned West Coast Conference Player of the Year, led all players with her 17 kills on 38 attempts to post a .342 attacking percentage. Dawson racked up 15 kills on 26 attempts, while only recording three errors to post a match-best .462 attacking percentage. Jessica Nyrop, the defending WCC Co-Player of the Week, recorded 39 assists while directing the San Diego offense to a .237 team attacking percentage.

For the Titans, Brittany Moore was the lone player in double-digit kills as she recorded 11. Julie Geissert recorded 29 assists to help direct the Fullerton offense to a .079 team attacking percentage.

In the first game, the Toreros and Titans were pretty even keel in the early going, then with the score knotted at 10-10, San Diego went on a 8-1 run to gain control of the momentum. However, the Titans never gave up and made a game out of it late. With the Toreros holding a 25-17 lead, CSF went on a 13-4 run to knot the score at 29-29. But back-to-back kills by Amy DeGroot and Laurel Abrahamson put an end to the late Fullerton push giving USD the 31-29 win.

Game two was a bit different, as the Titans built on that late momentum from game one and took a surprising four-point lead early at 9-5. USD then dug in and slowly chipped away at the lead eventually tying the game at 13-13 on an attacking error by Fullerton's Barbie Thierjung. San Diego then took the lead for good on an attacking error by Deven Bukoski to take a 15-14 lead, then would cruise their way to a 30-21 win.

Game three was all Toreros as they jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. The Toreros had their best attacking percentage as a team in this game as they posted a .286 hitting percentage.

The Toreros will now await the NCAA Tournament selection show on Sunday between 12:00-12:30 p.m. on ESPNEWS to learn who they play and where they will play in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.