#20 Lions Take #12 Toreros to Five Games
12th-ranked San Diego edges LMU 3-2 in WCC action.
Oct. 1, 2005
Los Angeles, Calif. - No. 20 Loyola Marymount volleyball hit .302 as a team and out-blocked 12th-ranked San Diego, but could not outlast the Toreros (11-1, 1-1 WCC) in a five-game West Coast Conference thriller Saturday night in Gersten Pavilion. The Lions (11-4, 0-2 WCC), who had not dropped a five-game contest this season, fell 3-2 (27-30, 30-25, 26-30, 30-26, 15-6).
Sophomore Heather Hughes tallied a team-high 16 kills, while also sharing the setting duties and recording 14 assists. Freshman Emily Day, who had posted a career-high 12 kills Friday night against 15th-ranked Santa Clara, bested her own mark tonight with 13 kills.
Both the Lions and the Toreros were in search of their first WCC win, as each program had dropped in conference opener on Friday. The favored 12th-ranked Toreros had lost a 3-2 battle to unranked Pepperdine in Malibu.
Senior Krista Houseman gave the Lions a 27-21 lead in game one to force a San Diego timeout. The Toreros came out of the timeout to score three straight points, but sophomore Christianna Reneau secured the 30-27 win with her fifth kill of the game. The Lions, led by Reneau and Hughes' .500 marks, hit .516 as a team in the first game.
LMU held the momentum and the lead for much of the second game, until the Toreros tied things at 23. The score was then tied at 24 and 25, before USD rattled off five straight to take game two 30-25.
Jania Motton entered the match in the third game and made her presence known immediately, scoring the Lions' first two points of the game with two kills. LMU followed USD's game two example and rallied for four consecutive points, including two kills by Motton, to win game three 30-26.
USD led by as many as five in the fourth game, but was forced to call a timeout when a Motton kill pulled the Lions within two at 24-22. Just a few plays later, her solo block would keep LMU within one, putting the Lions in position to tie the game at 25. But Lindsey Sherburne's service ace earned USD game point, and the Toreros closed the fourth set at 30-26.
The Toreros hit .600 in the fifth game and held on for five straight points to win the deciding contest 15-6.
USD's Kristen Carlson led the way with 35 kills and 11 digs.
No. 20 LMU will now face WCC action on the road, playing at Saint Mary's and San Francisco next weekend. The two conference matches will start a four-match road swing for the Lions, which will also take them to Pepperdine and UC Irvine, before returning home to host Gonzaga on October 21.