Oct. 14, 2006
Los Angeles, Calif. - Saturday's game one was full of highlights for the Lions, who saw junior Heather Hughes reach the 1,000 career kill mark as Loyola Marymount cruised to a 30-21 win over visiting San Francisco. But it was a different story beginning in game two, as the Dons came back to win three straight games to steal the 3-1 (21-30, 30-27, 30-23, 30-21) West Coast Conference victory in Gersten Pavilion.
The Lions fell to 15-6 and 3-3 in WCC play, the first time all season LMU dropped three straight matches. San Francisco improved to 17-5 and 1-4 in WCC action.
Hughes, who had seven kills in the first game without an error, reached the 1,000 career kill mark early Saturday. She became just the ninth Lion all-time to reach the milestone.
Behind Hughes' game one performance, the Lions hit .359 as a team and earned the 30-21 win to go up 1-0.
But LMU's excitement from game one would then switch to San Francisco's bench, as the Dons improved in each frame. After taking a 2-1 lead with wins in games two and three, USF hit .343 in the final frame to seal the victory.
USF's Kristin Hasselberg hit .321 with a match-high 27 kills to lead the Dons. She added 15 digs.
LMU senior Sandy Krone hit .391 with nine kills and three blocks to lead the Lions.
LMU will look to turn things around in their only match of the week next Thursday, when cross-town rival Pepperdine visits at 7:00 p.m in the LMU Game of the Week. As always, the home match will be carried on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com. In addition, LMU's Christianna Reneau will be featured on next week's edition of Inside the Lions. Inside the Lions, released each Monday at 3:00 p.m., is the Lions' weekly audio show on Lions' All-Access.