Sept. 13, 2008
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
LMU (7-3) swept UC Irvine (4-6) by scores of 25-21, 25-19 and 25-19 to win the 2008 Four Points Sheraton LAX/LMU Volleyball Classic Championship on Saturday night in Burns Recreation Center. After winning the tournament, four Lions were named to the All-Tournament Team, including senior Emily Day, who took home the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award. Fellow senior Erin Downey, sophomore Renee Horton and freshman Diana Hiromoto were also lauded.
Day collected a match-high tying 13 kills on 34 attacks, while Downey finished eight-for-16 (.500) to claim a share of the second-best kill mark for LMU, tying with sophomore Becky Stehling and freshman Ariana Covington. Horton dished-out a match-best 32 assists, while Day completed yet another double-double with a team-best 10 digs.
Kari Pestolesi matched Day’s mark with 13 kills to lead the Irvine offensive effort. Lauren Kellerman and All-Tournament selection Alexandra Hauser managed eight and six kills, respectively, to complete the top-scoring trio for Irvine. Taryn Roberston finished with 31 assists, while Kellerman posted a match-best 12 digs.
The Lions hit .300 on the match (43-for-110), starting with a match-best .350 clip in set number one. Downey paced the Lion offense in the set, collecting six kills on seven attacks for an .857 attack percentage. LMU and UC Irvine played a fairly even match to start set number one, dueling to a 9-9 tie before the Lions won a long rally on a Stehling kill to take a 10-9 advantage. LMU caught fire from there, opening up a 15-11 lead, highlighted by a block assist and a kill by Horton, to force a UCI timeout. The Lions continued to poor on the offense, extending the lead to 20-15, but the Anteaters clawed back to within three at 23-20 on a Shannan Homan kill. LMU proved strong in the end, as Stehling pushed the set to its final point and Downey found the floor to give LMU the 25-21 victory.
The Lions once again came out to play in set two, led by Day’s six kills on 12 attacks and two service aces. LMU led 3-2 before Day took to the service line and rattled-off two straight aces to extend the lead to 5-2. The senior wasn’t finished doing damage at that point, quickly notching back-to-back kills before UCI decided to call a timeout at 8-2. The Anteaters cut the lead to 14-8 before receiving a kill from Pestolesi and consecutive attack errors by the Lions to force an LMU timeout at 14-10. The timeout seemed to have very little effect on UCI as they rallied to just one point down at 16-15 on another of Pestolesi’s three kills in the set. From there, the Lions picked up the pace, claiming a 22-18 lead, capped by two Irvine attack errors. Freshman Emily Cheek ran the set to set-point with one of her five match kills before UCI’s seventh and final attack error handed the Lions the two-set advantage.
Despite clinching the Tournament Championship with a second-set victory, LMU was out for the sweep in the final match. Day again took the reins in set three, putting-up six kills on 13 attacks to ensure that only three sets would be played in the tournament’s final match. Horton did an outstanding job setting the offense in the period, collecting 11 assists and guiding the team to a .314 hitting percentage. As they did in set one, the two teams played fairly even early, but it was LMU who reached the 15-point plateau first. Stehling and Day notched back-to-back kills to push LMU to that level at 15-9, where it quickly advanced the lead to 20-13 on a UCI attack error. A Cheek kill put the Lions on top by a score of 23-17 before Stehling made it match-point with her eighth and final kill of the night. Day fittingly collected the final point of the tournament, sending a spike off the block and to the floor for a kill from Horton.
Over the course of the two-day tournament, Day collected 43 kills on 111 attacks for a .270 attack percentage. The native of Torrance, Calif. tallied seven service aces and 27 digs, while posting two double-doubles. Downey managed 20 kills and hit .405 (20-for-42) while totaling seven blocks (two block solos and five block assists). Horton dished-out 90 assists and collected 20 digs, while Hiromoto served-up seven aces, including four in the opening match of the tournament on Friday, and posted 33 digs.
LMU returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts UC Santa Barbara at 7 p.m. in Gersten Pavilion.
2008 Four Points Sheraton LAX/LMU Volleyball Classic All-Tournament Team
#1 Alexandra Hauser
San Jose State
#4 Kelly Crow
#36 Colleen Burke
#7 Erin Downey
#11 Renee Horton
#20 Diana Hiromoto
LMU’s #6 Emily Day