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Lions Conclude Regular Season Play at No. 11 Hawai'i

Nov. 20, 2007

LOS ANGELES, CA -
BRIEFLY...
Coming off an impressive week at home in which it swept WCC-leader Santa Clara on Thursday and defeated WCC foe Saint Mary's, 3-1, on "Senior Day" on Saturday, LMU will conclude the regular season schedule on Tuesday and Wednesday against 11th-ranked Hawai'i. Both matches this week are slated to begin at 10 p.m.

FOLLOWWW THE LIONS...
There are three ways to catch both games in Hawai'i from the comfort of your own home: Television: All matches this week will be shown live on KFVE (Channel 5) with Jim Leahey (play-by-play) and Chris McLachlin (color commentary) doing the broadcast. All UH matches are also available via the Internet at www.hawaiiantelmedia.com for a fee. Radio: ESPN Radio (1420 AM) will broadcast the matches, live with Scott Robbs handling the play-by-play. The matches can also be heard over the Internet on www.sportsradio1420.com. Livestats: Livestats will be available through the UH Athletics website at HawaiiAthletics.com, on the women's volleyball home page.

A LOOK AT THE LIONS...
LMU is coming off a 2-0 week in which it swept first-place Santa Clara on Thursday before knocking-off Saint Mary's, 3-1, on Saturday in Gersten Pavilion. Saturday's "Senior Day" match against Saint Mary's was the final home match at Gersten Pavilion for LMU's four senior players: Ashley Dutro (Sunnyvale, Calif.), Christianna Reneau (Corona, Calif.), Jania Motton (Bakersfield, Calif.) and Heather Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.). LMU hit an impressive .325 (50-for-114) en route to sweeping Santa Clara by scores of 30-28, 30-24, 30-21. Reneau led the way with a double-double of a match-high 16 kills and 11 digs and connected at a team-best .425 clip, while fellow senior Hughes recorded career service ace number 157 in game three to match Kim Blankinship (1993-96) and the LMU All-Time record in that category. Hughes added 15 kills and 10 digs to record a double-double in the victory, while junior Emily Day posted 13 kills and six digs while hitting .423 over the three-game span. Freshman setter Renee Horton dished-out a match-high 42 assists and Whitney Leonard led all players with 12 digs. The Lions collected 14 block assists and four block solos in the victory. LMU defeated Saint Mary's by scores of 30-26, 30-23, 27-30, 30-25 on Saturday. Day collected a match-high 21 kills, including her 1,000th career tally in the third game of the match. Day added a season-high 18 digs to record a double-double in the victory. Reneau finished with 17 kills and six digs, while Horton recorded a double-double with a match-best 52 assists and 12 digs. Leonard collected a match-high 26 digs in the victory.

HUGHES RANKS AMONGST NATIONAL LEADERS IN KILLS PER GAME...
LMU senior Heather Hughes ranks amongst the leaders in kills per game this week after leading the nation in that category from September 9 through November 4. Through 27 matches and 101 games played, Hughes has collected 516 kills to the tune of a 5.11 kills per game average. Entering the week, Hughes sits at 1,655 career kills and 1,248 digs.

DAY EARNS WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS...
Emily Day was awarded WCC Player of the Week after her superb performance this past week. Day played in all seven games and led the Lions to a sweep of first-place Santa Clara and a 3-1 victory over Saint Mary's. She collected a double-double (21 kills and 18 digs) against Saint Mary's on Saturday. In the sweep of the Broncos, Day collected 13 kills and added six digs while hitting .423 ((13-2)/26). In addition, she recorded two block solos, a service ace and two block assists to collect four total blocks and 17.0 points. In the 3-1 victory over Saint Mary's, Day collected a match-high 21 kills (including her 1,000th of her career in game three) and added a season-high 18 digs while hitting .259 ((21-7)/54) and serving-up one ace. She also tallied a career-high five block solos to lead LMU to 13 total solo blocks in the match, amassing 27.0 points along the way. Over the two-match stretch, Day collected a team-best 34 kills, a team-high 4.86 kills/game, hit an impressive .312 ((34-9)/80), recorded 24 digs, tallied two block assists and seven block solos to the tune of a team-best 1.29 blocks-per-game average, notched one assist, two service aces and recorded a team-best 44.0 points for a 6.29 points-per-game average. Over a longer period of time, Day has collected a double-double in eight of her last 10 matches. The Player of the Week selection is the second this season for LMU, with the first being awarded to Heather Hughes on September 3.

HUGHES SERVES UP ACES...
Heather Hughes claimed a share of the top-spot in the LMU record books with her 157th career service ace in game three of the victory over Santa Clara on Thursday night. Hughes entered the season with 126 service aces before recording 31 this season to place her in a tie with Kim Blankinship (1993-96) for the All-Time LMU record.

DAY BECOMES NEWEST MEMBER OF 1,000 KILL CLUB...
In Saturday's victory over Saint Mary's, Emily Day became just the 11th player in LMU history to collect 1,000 career kills. The junior recorded career kill No. 1,000 with her 11th kill of the match in game three. Day joins fellow teammates Heather Hughes (2004-current) and Christianna Reneau (2005-current), Kristen Gallup (1992-02), Kealani Kimball (2000-03), Dina DeBernardi (2001-05), Deanna Doolittle (1990-93), Kim Blankinship (1993-96), Sarah Noriega (1994-97), Leslie Wohlford (1985-88) and Sarah McFarland (1997-00) in the 1,000-kill club.

SCOUTING HAWAI'I...
The No. 11 University of Hawai`i Rainbow Wahine volleyball team (24-5) won the Western Athletic Conference tournament this past week, qualifying the Rainbow Wahine for its 15th-consecutive NCAA Tournament. The two matches against LMU will be the last regular season home matches for UH's four seniors, Caroline Blood, Kari Gregory, Juliana Sanders and Raeceen Woolford. Hawai`i will celebrate senior night on Wednesday, Nov. 21, with ceremonies for the players after the match. The last time LMU came to Honolulu, they ended UH's 205-match winning streak against unranked teams on Sept. 23, 2005. UH then won the second match in three games the next night. Jamie Houston came up big for the Rainbow Wahine, earning WAC Tournament MVP honors after averaging 5.73 kills and 2.18 digs per game in the tournament. She started with 14 kills and 18 digs vs. Boise State (Nov. 15), before hitting .404 with 27 kills, seven digs and three solo blocks vs. Nevada (Nov. 16). Then, in the championship match vs. New Mexico State (Nov. 17), Houston had 22 kills and 10 digs. The WAC Player of the Year is averaging 5.38 kills, 2.65 digs and 0.74 blocks per game. She also has 12, 20-plus kill matches and 11 double-doubles. Aneli Cubi-Otineru averages 3.75 kills per game and 2.77 digs per game. Stephanie Brandt is the Hawai'i setter, averaging 12.65 assists and 2.65digs per game. Elizabeth Ka'aihue leads the team with 403 digs and 4.11 digs per game.

WEST COAST CONFERENCE CHATTER...
LMU's Emily Day took home WCC Player of the Week honors this past week. To hear about Day's historic week, read the "Day Earns WCC Player of the Week" portion of this release. The final weekend of conference play got underway on Thursday, as all eight WCC volleyball teams hit the court. San Diego moved into a tie for first place with Santa Clara after the Toreros swept Gonzaga, while the Broncos fell in three games at LMU. Pepperdine posted a 3-0 win over visiting Saint Mary's, and San Francisco notched a 3-1 victory at Portland to round out the action. San Diego and Santa Clara finished the conference season tied atop the WCC standings with identical 11-3 records, as the Toreros swept Portland and the Broncos edged Pepperdine, 3-2, on Saturday. LMU posted a 3-1 win over Saint Mary's, and San Francisco swept Gonzaga on the road to close out league play for the season.

RENEAU JOINS 1,000 KILL CLUB...
In the November 3 sweep of Portland, Christianna Reneau became just the 10th player in LMU history to collect 1,000 career kills. The senior recorded career kill No. 1,000 with her seventh kill of the match, the game-winner in game one, against the Pilots. Reneau joins fellow teammate Heather Hughes (2004-current), Kristen Gallup (1992-02), Kealani Kimball (2000-03), Dina DeBernardi (2001-05), Deanna Doolittle (1990-93), Kim Blankinship (1993-96), Sarah Noriega (1994-97), Leslie Wohlford (1985-88) and Sarah McFarland (1997-00) in the 1,000-kill club.

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. 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. 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 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 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.