Nov. 22, 2007
HONOLULU - LMU (16-13) dropped its final regular season match of the 2007 season on Wednesday night in Hawai'i, being swept by the No. 11 Rainbow Wahine (26-5) 30-22, 30-24 and 30-27 in front of a crowd of 6,597 on Senior Night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Senior Christianna Reneau led the Lions with 13 kills in the match, pairing the mark with 13 digs to record a double-double. WCC-All Conference selections Heather Hughes and Emily Day collected 12 kills and 11 kills, respectively. WCC All-Freshman team setter Renee Horton recorded a team-best 40 assists as the Lions connected at a .248 hitting percentage.
Juliana Sanders had a great senior night, hitting .647 with 13 kills and five blocks for Hawai'i. Jamie Houston concluded a great regular season, hitting .429 with 22 kills and five blocks. Aneli Cubi-Otineru had 13 kills and four blocks while Tara Hittle chimed in 11 kills and 15 digs while hitting .429. Kari Gregory started her final regular season home match, posting five blocks.
Hawai`i broke through early in game one, using a 9-3 run to go ahead 13-9, capped by a Reneau attack error. UH would later go on a five-point run, pushing their advantage to 19-12 on a kill by Houston. UH ran away with the game from there, advancing to game point at 29-19 before finishing game one 30-22 on a Hittle kill.
The Rainbow Wahine kept it going at the start of game two, taking a lead of 8-4 on back-to-back Horton attack errors. A pair of kills by Hughes and Day and a Horton service ace capped a four-point run by LMU to tie the game at 10-10. The Lions and Rainbow Wahine were tied again at 20-20 before UH ran away with the victory. Hawai`i scored five of the next six points to get ahead 25-21. The Rainbow Wahine would then close it out by scoring four of the last five points, taking the frame by a score of 30-24.
LMU used an early 7-1 run to go ahead 7-3 in game three, capped by three straight UH attack errors. Hawai`i pulled within two points at 8-6, only to see a three-point Lion run push the deficit to 11-6. LMU kept the lead until a three-point run on the serve of Elizabeth Ka`aihue tied the score at 22-22. Hawai`i proved its worth in the national rankings, using a 5-1 run to go ahead 28-25 before closing it out 30-27.
The Lions will now wait until Sunday, Nov. 25, when the NCAA Tournament brackets and seeding are released on ESPNU.