Lions Fall to Tennessee in Title Match
Lady Vols take LMU/Four Points Sheraton Classic title Saturday night.
Sept. 5, 2004
Los Angeles, Calif. - After a 2-0 start at the LMU/Four Points Sheraton Classic, No. 18 Loyola Marymount volleyball (2-1) dropped a tough 3-0 match to Tennesee (3-0) Saturday night in Gersten Pavilion. The Lady Vols hit .348 as a team en route to the tournament title.
With both teams entering the match-up 2-0, the scheduled 7:30 p.m. match in the round robin served as the title game. LMU, the defending tournament champions, hit .325 in game one, but dropped off to .026 as Tennessee took advantage of the match momentum.
The Lions trailed early in game one, but back-to-back kills by freshmen Heather Hughes and Keri Anglin brought LMU within three at 23-20. But the Lady Vols put together a 7-1 run to take the first game 30-24.
LMU took its first true lead of the match in the second game when the Lions rallied off four straight points featuring kills by Krista Houseman, Hughes, and Dina DeBernardi. But Tennessee responded with seven straight points of its own, earning the game two win 30-19.
The Lions still had fight left for game three, coming back from a seven-point deficit to challenge at the end of the third game. A block by Nerison and Jody Carlson gave the Lions hope at 26-22, but the Lady Vols closed out the game 30-22 for the three-game match.
Kelli Nerison, DeBernardi, and Hughes each tallied eight kills for the Lions.
Seniors Dina DeBernardi and Jacene Dimson represented LMU on the All-Tournament team, while Tennessee's Yuliya Stoyanova and Michelle Piantadosi shared the honors as well. Villanova and Duke, who played for third place in what turned out to be the tournament's consolation match, placed local product Celine Nguyen (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) and Ali Hausfeld on the team. Tournament MVP honors went to Tennessee's Kristen Andre (Kelseyville, Calif.), who hit .435 with 13 kills in the title game.
The Lions remain at home this week, hosting Cal State Fullerton Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. Fans can follow the game both on the Lions Audio Network and Gametracker at www.LMULions.com