No. 24 LMU Remains Undefeated at Home

Sept. 24, 2003

Box Score

Los Angeles, Calif. - No. 24 LMU extended their home winning streak to 8-0, defeating San Diego State University in three games tonight (30-18, 30-20, 30-25) in Gersten Pavilion. The home streak currently leads all West Coast Conference teams, four of which are currently ranked in the nation's top 25.

The Lions (12-2) came out strong in game one, leading by as many as seven at 14-7. Sophomore Dina DeBernardi led the way with five kills, hitting .714. As a team, LMU hit .344 and outblocked the Aztecs 3.0-1.0 in the first game. Though SDSU (8-6) battled back within four, a DeBernardi kill and a block by Sandy Krone and Kelli Nerison made the score 24-14. The Lions won game point on a kill by senior Kealani Kimball, good for the 30-18 game one victory.

Two Kimball aces set the tone early in game two, as the Lions jumped to a 17-7 lead. DeBernardi's seventh kill of the night forced an Aztec timeout at 19-7. Two Krone kills gave the Lions a 12 point lead at 23-11. Krone led all Lions in game two with six kills. LMU outhit SDSU again, hitting .375 compared to the Aztecs' .133. The Lions earned game point on a kill by Nicole Oehlman and went on to win game two 30-19.

In game three, a kill by Nerison tied the game at 5-5. The game was tied a total of ten times before the Lions pulled away on a Nerison kill and block in back-to-back points. Kimball went on a 3-0 run of her own, posting three consecutive kills to give LMU the 17-13 lead. The Lions' co-captain ended the match with 13 kills and three service aces. A DeBernardi kill gave LMU the game three and match victory at 30-25. DeBernardi also recorded 13 kills and hit .522 on the evening.

Tonight's win gives head coach Steve Stratos his 274th career victory. Stratos, who is in his 14th season at the helm of the LMU program, will seek his 275th victory Friday evening against Dayton in San Diego. The Lions face Dayton at 5:00 p.m. before matching up with Fairfield at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.





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