Nov. 25, 2006
LOS ANGELES - Loyola Marymount ended the regular season with an exclamation mark Saturday night, sweeping the University of Dayton 3-0 (30-25, 30-27, 30-22) in Gersten Pavilion. With the sweep, the Head Coach Steve Stratos and the Lions (19-12) finish the season with a 12-5 record at home.
Dayton, whose streak of three straight Atlantic-10 Conference titles came to a close this season, fell to 22-11 on the season. The Flyers pushed 24th-ranked Pepperdine to five games Wednesday before falling 3-2 in Malibu.
The Lions' two seniors put up impressive performances in their final matches in Gersten Pavilion. Sandy Krone tallied nine kills, six digs, and three service aces, while hitting .421. Cat Svorinich finished with 10 digs and two service aces of her own.
The Lions out-dug Dayton by 20, 63-43.
For the second straight match, Day put up seven kills in the first frame to lead the Lions to the 30-25 win.
The Lions trailed 17-13 in game two before tallying five straight points to go up 18-17. Led by Day's late-game kills and a solo block, the Lions pulled away for good at 27-26. Krone sealed the frame with her sixth kill of the night to give the Lions the 30-27 win.
Early game three kills by Hughes and Dutro helped the Lions take a five-point lead at 9-4. The Flyers, determined to push the match to extra frames, battled back to tie things at 10. But once LMU pulled away 12-11, the Lions never trailed again. Krone's back-to-back service aces forced Dayton Head Coach Tim Horsmon to use his final timeout trailing 23-18. The Lions came out of the break to secure the sweep with a 30-22 game three win.
LMU was able to hold the Atlantic-10 Player of the Year, Faye Barhorst to just six kills on .238 hitting. Barhorst entered the night averaging 3.91 kills per game at a .436 clip.
With 1,139 career kills (seventh all-time at LMU) and 920 career digs (tied for eighth all-time at LMU), Hughes is now just the fifth Lion to rank in the top-10 in both categories. Hughes, only a junior, is in the company of former LMU standouts Leslie Wolford (1985-88), Kim Blankinship (1993-96), Deanna Doolittle (1990-93), and Kealani Kimball (2000-03).