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Lions Remain on Road for WCC Match-Ups

Oct. 4, 2007

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BRIEFLY...
On the road for nearly a month now, Loyola Marymount volleyball will wrap-up the road swing with a pair of West Coast Conference matches at Portland and Gonzaga. On Thursday, the Lions will take on Portland in a 7:00 p.m. start, before heading to Spokane, Wash. for the 1:00 p.m. match Saturday.

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. Both of the week's WCC matches will have live stats and video streaming. For live stats, visit LMULions.com. For video, visit PortlandPilots.com and GoZags.com. There is a fee for the live video.

A LOOK AT THE LIONS...
The Lions are coming off a 1-1 week that saw LMU sweep Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday before falling in four in the WCC opener at Pepperdine. Despite the 0-1 start to the conference season, senior Heather Hughes had an impressive week. The Lions' opposite averaged 6.29 kills per game to total 44 over the seven games on the week, while hitting .364. The week increased her hold on her "national leader in kills per game" title. This week's matches at Portland and Gonzaga will wrap-up the month-load road swing for LMU, who returns to Gersten Pavilion on Thursday, October 11.

PORTLAND POINTS...
Portland (7-8, 0-2 WCC) began the season strong out of the gate going 6-2, but is now just 1-4 in its last five matches. Last week, the Pilots opened WCC play with 3-1 losses at both Santa Clara and Saint Mary's. The match against Gaels was tightly played, as the last three games were decided by a total of 10 points. Junior Jennifer Sheedy combined for 32 kills and 10 total blocks in her first two WCC matches, while freshman Jessica Clemens had back-to-back double-doubles with 10 kills and 15 digs against Santa Clara and 14 kills and 15 digs against the Gaels.

GONZAGA GOSSIP...
Gonzaga (11-6, 0-2 WCC) opened West Coast Conference action last week, but the Bulldogs didn't get the results they were hoping for as they fell to both Saint Mary's College and Santa Clara University 3-0. Gonzaga also had a hot start to its non-conference season, as it was 11-4 entering WCC play. With 11 wins, the Zags have already posted more wins than in their past 11 seasons.

HUGHES LEADS NATION IN KILLS PER GAME...
LMU senior Heather Hughes currently leads the nation in kills per game. Through the Lions' 14 matches, Hughes is averaging 5.79 kills per game.

LIONS RANK 26TH IN RKPI...
With an 8-6 record and a tough slate of competition, the Lions currently rank 26th in the RKPI (Rich Kern Percentage Index). In the Pacific region, the Lions rank fifth, ahead of teams like Washington and Pepperdine.

AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS...
Catch Emily Day and Heather Hughes in the October issue of the nationwide publication, Volleyball Magazine (www.volleyballmag.com). In the issue, Day and Hughes are featured for their record-breaking summer AVP run, where they became the lowest-seeded pair to ever advance to an AVP main draw. Once qualifying for the main draw, the Lion duo faced 2004 Olympic gold medalists Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor in the first round.

RENEAU, HUGHES NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT SQUAD...
Christianna Reneau and Heather Hughes were named to the Asics Tournament's All-Tournament Team. Against Pacific and Oregon State, Reneau averaged an impressive 5.00 digs per game with 45 total over the nine games played. She added 27 kills, four service aces, and three block assists. Reneau tallied a career-high 33 digs Friday night against the Beavers. While Reneau was busy on the defensive end, Hughes was racking up kills, averaging 5.44 per game in the two matches. The national leader in kills per game, Hughes finished with 49 total. She added 19 digs, two block assists, and one ace. It was Hughes' fourth all-tournament selection in four weekends. The Lions were named runners-up after going 1-1.

HUGHES JOINS EXCLUSIVE 1000/1000 CLUB...
Earlier this season, Heather Hughes became just the fifth player in LMU volleyball history to pass the 1,000 milestone in both career kills and career digs. The senior passed the kill mark last season, but recorded career dig No. 1000 with her first dig at UC Irvine on September 4. Hughes joins Deanna Doolittle (1990-93), Kim Blankinship (1993-96), Leslie Wohlford (1985-88), and Kealani Kimball (2000-03) in the 1,000 kill/1,000 dig club.

RENEAU, HUGHES NAMED LMU INVITE ALL-TOURNAMENT...
Seniors Christianna Reneau and Heather Hughes were honored for their play at the LMU Hilton LAX Invitational when they were named all-tournament selections. Reneau averaged 3.17 kills and 3.92 digs per game, while hitting .357 on the weekend. Hughes added 4.67 kills and 3.17 digs over the three matches.

HORTON, HUGHES NAMED ALL-TOURNEY...
Heather Hughes and Renee Horton were named to the all-tournament team following the LMU Four Points Sheraton Classic title tilt. Hughes' numbers on the weekend really turned heads as she averaged 7.80 kills and 4.60 digs per game while hitting .462 over the course of the tournament. She tallied a career-high 31 kills en route to a statistical triple-double with 10 assists and 15 digs in the four-game match Saturday night. Horton also had an impressive weekend with 148 assists, 20 kills, 20 digs, and a team-high four aces. She was just two digs shy of her own triple-double against UNLV.

HUGHES NAMED NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK...
The honors continued for Heather Hughes, as the senior was named Collegiate Volleyball Update's National Player of the Week on Sept. 4. The selection marks the first such honor for a Lion since Olympian Sarah Noriega (1994-97) was awarded the national player of the week distinction in 1997. Hughes earned the title of WCC Player of the Week after leading the Lions to a 2-1 run in the tournament, featuring 3-0 wins over UCSB and Northwestern. Over the Lions' 10 games played, Hughes had 78 kills, averaging 7.80 kills per game while hitting .405 on the weekend. She added 46 digs, 12 assists, eight blocks, and two service aces. In the tournament title match against the Rebels, Hughes tallied a triple-double with a career-high 31 kills, along with 10 assists, and 15 digs. The WCC Player of the Week selection was the first of the young 2007 season for the Lions, and the fourth career selection for the senior Hughes.

HUGHES NAMED USC ALL-TOURNEY...
Senior Heather Hughes tallied 52 kills in 10 games against some of the nation's top competition at the USC Trojan Invitational. For her efforts, Hughes took home an all-tournament selection. In addition to her 5.20 kills per game, Hughes added 33 digs and five service aces.

THE STATS ON STRAT...
LMU Head Coach Steve Stratos has posted 17 winning seasons in his 17 years at the helm of the Lion volleyball program. Stratos entered his 18th season with a career mark of 343-165, which ranks him among the nation's top-50 active Division I coaches in winning percentage.

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