Nov. 21, 2007
LOS ANGELES, CA - Four Lions have been named to the volleyball All-West Coast Conference teams, the conference office announced Wednesday. Senior Heather Hughes and junior Emily Day each earned First Team selections while freshmen Renee Horton and Whitney Leonard earned spots on the All-Freshmen team. Horton also earned an Honorable Mention All-Conference selection.
Hughes led the charge as she finished with her third consecutive First Team selection and fourth overall in her career. The product of Fallbrook, Calif. finished first in the WCC in kills and points with 5.11 and 5.68 per game, respectively. Hughes earned Collegiate Volleyball Update's National Player of the Week and WCC Player of the Week for the week of September 4, and led the nation in kills per game from September 10 to November 4, a span of eight weeks. She currently ranks 13th in the nation in kills, and has amassed two of the top-three kill performances in the WCC this season, posting a career-high 32 kills against Gonzaga on October 6 and recording 31 kills against UNLV on September 1. She has collected a WCC-best 18 double-doubles this year and is the only WCC player to record a triple-double, accomplishing the feat twice. Hughes currently leads the Lions with 1,309 total attacks and 516 kills, ranks second with a .253 attack percentage and 31 service aces and third with 328 digs and 10 block solos. Hughes has played in all 101 games for the Lions this season.
Day, the reigning WCC Player of the Week, also took home a First-Team selection after collecting 16 double-doubles and placing sixth in the WCC with 4.01 kills per game. In addition, the Torrance, Calif. native ranks 11th in the WCC in digs per game with 3.25 (325 total) and seventh with 0.35 service aces per game. Day also places fifth in total points per game in the WCC with 4.87. Her 1,063 total attacks and 401 kills place her second on the team this season. She is the team leader in service aces (35), block solos (19) and total blocks (83). Day has played in 100 of the 101 games for LMU this season.
Horton garnered an All-Freshmen team selection and an Honorable Mention bid after setting the Lion offense this season. A native of Wildomar, Calif., she currently ranks 63rd in the nation and third in the WCC with 12.23 assists per game. Her total of 1,235 assists at the 12.23 rate is the tops amongst her freshmen counterparts in the WCC. With the benefit of this season alone, Horton has already claimed a spot in the Lion record books, ranking ninth All-Time in assists. Horton has played in all 101 games this season for the Lions, amassing 17 service aces, 221 digs, a block solo and 24 block assists in addition to her assists mark.
Leonard earned an All-Freshmen team selection after leading the Lions with 4.66 digs per game. The digs placed her third in the WCC and first amongst her freshmen counterparts. Leonard has played in 87 of the 101 games this season for the Lions, serving as the team's libero throughout. In addition to her defensive efforts, she has amassed 42 assists and six service aces.
Entering tonight's final regular season match against No. 11 Hawai'i, the Lions are 16-12 and have finished WCC play with a record of 8-6. LMU is also 8-6 in non-conference play this season. The Lions will match-up against the Rainbow Wahine at 10:00 p.m. tonight looking for their first victory over a ranked team this year.