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WCC Women's Volleyball Recaps

Nov. 25, 2006

Loyola Marymount - 3
Dayton - 0

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - 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.

Christianna Reneau and Emily Day combined for 33 kills and 22 digs. Heather Hughes added eight kills and a match-high 16 digs. Setter Ashley Dutro finished with 46 assists and eight digs.

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).

Portland State - 3
San Francisco - 2

Stockton, Calif. - USF volleyball dropped a tough 3-2 decision to Portland State in the championship match of the 2006 Banker's Classic, hosted by Pacific, Saturday night at the Spanos Center. The Dons (23-10) now await the NCAA Tournament Selection Show as the 64-team field is unveiled Sunday, November 26 at noon on ESPN News.

Game scores were 27-30, 30-22, 30-25, 25-30, 17-15 as USF's record streak of five-game victories was snapped at nine. The Vikings (21-7) snapped a two-match losing streak against the Dons with the win.

Junior outside hitter Kristin Hasselberg led USF with 16 kills, while sophomore middle blocker Alix Gomobs added 15 on .343 hitting to go along with six blocks (one solo). For her efforts, Gombos earned all-tournament honors for the fifth time this season. Junior outside hitter Brynn Maurer turned in a strong match for the Dons with 12 kills on .357 hitting and recorded a team-high 20 digs. Freshman outside hitter Anna Berger chipped in with 10 kills, seven digs and five blocks (one solo).

Sophomore middle blocker Carly Babin added nine kills on .368 attacking and recorded a match-high seven blocks (two solo). Babin moves into sole possession of second place on the Dons single-season total blocks chart with 143 this season, passing Chiara Lawrence, who tallied 139 in 1995.

USF's setting tandem helped the Dons hit at a .257 clip as sophomore Darcy Carroll dished out a team-high 37 to go along with 13 digs for her third double-double, while senior Jamie Kartchner recorded 19. With 15 digs, freshman libero Haley Carroll became only the second player in USF history to surpass 500 in a season, finishing the night with 513.

Portland owned a 85-70 kills advantage thanks largely to tournament MVP Jessica Brodie, who turned in a monster night with 36 kills and 24 digs. USF held a 16.0-14.0 blocks advantage.