Aug. 23, 2007
Follow the Lions this weekend at the Trojan Invitational Headquarters .
Listen to the matches live on the Lions' Audio Network .
After posting its 17th straight winning season in 2006, Loyola Marymount volleyball will open the 2007 season across town at the USC Trojan Invitational. At the tournament, the Lions will face three teams who enter the season in the AVCA Preseason Poll, including the sixth-ranked Trojans.
FOLLOWWW THE LIONS...
It's easy to follow the Lions throughout the 2007 season! Just log on to LMULions.com for all the latest Lion volleyball coverage. All of this weekend's matches will be carried live on the Lions' Audio Network and Gametracker, with links found on the volleyball schedule page. Just click on the current match and the links will appear in the window on the right.
OPENING WEEKEND AT THE TROJAN INVITATIONAL...
The Lions will open the season with St. John's, Michigan State, and No.6 USC at this weekend's invitational. St. John's and Michigan State are receiving votes in the AVCA Top-25 Preseason Poll, while USC enters the season ranked sixth in the nation.
USC: USC finished 2006 27-5 overall and ranked eighth in the AVCA Final Poll. Winners of six national titles, the Trojans are led by returning All-American Asia Kaczor, who set the USC single-season record with 563 kills in 2006.
Michigan State: The Spartans return nine letterwinners from the 2006 squad that went 19-12 and reached the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Senior outside hitter Katie Johnson led Michigan State with 487 kills in 2006.
St. John's: St. John's returns nine letterwinners from the 2006 squad that won the Big East en route to a 31-5 overall record. The Red Storm reached the second round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament. Head coach Joanne Persico-Smith is 259-160 in her 14th season at St. John's. Hui Ping Huang led the Red Storm with 404 kills last season.
LMU: Like Michigan State, the Lions went 19-12 in 2006, but missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time in four seasons. LMU is led by returning three-year starter Heather Hughes, a three-time All-West Coast Conference honoree. In his 18th season with the Lions, Head Coach Steve Stratos ranks among the top-50 Division I active coaches in winning percentage (.675).