No. 22 Loyola Marymount Defeats WSU Volleyball 3-1

Sept. 12, 2004

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Loyola Marymount volleyball team won its own tournament Saturday night with a 26-30, 30-23, 30-21, 30-22 win over Washington State at the 2004 LMU Furama Hotel Invitational Tournament held at Gersten Pavilion.

No. 22 LMU moves to a record of 6-1 and Washington State is now 1-5 on the season.

In tournament action, LMU went 3-0, and WSU, 1-2, was declared the runner-up. Cincinnati and Miami also had 1-2 tournament records. WSU's Jennifer Todd and Kelly Rosin were named to the all-tournament team. Other all-tourney selections were Rachel Torblaa (Cin), Valeria Tipiana (Miami), and from LMU, Dina DeBarnardi, Heather Hughes, and MVP Nicole Oehlman.

In the final match of the two-day tournament, WSU's Kelly Rosin led all players with 19 kills (.229) and had 10 digs. Todd added 12 kills and three aces while Nicole Martin had 50 assists. Jen Barcus led the Cougs with three blocks.

LMU had four players in double-figure kills as both Hughes and DeBernardi had 14. Oehlman had 50 assists and five aces. Michelle Look led the match with 18 digs. LMU hit .315 for the match and held WSu to a .178 hitting percentage.

The Lions took a 19-15 lead in the first game but WSU laced five unanswered points to take the 20-19 lead. The squads traded scores and tied it up again at 22. The Cougs out-scored LMU seven to two and were for serving game point but denied when Heather Hughes and Dina DeBernardi laid down kills. On the third game point attempt, Todd's kill gave WSU the 30-26 win. WSU had a .359 hitting percentage and held LMU to .191. The Cougar first line of Rosin, Todd and Kelley combined for 15 kills.

LMU jumped out to a second game lead and held on for the 30-23 win. The Lions improved to a .257 hitting percentage but kept the Cougars out of the offensive loop at .021.

Loyola Marymount had an eight-point lead in the third game which the Cougars could only dent to a five-point deficit, down 25-20. Krista Houseman scored the final three points for the Lions on a kill and consecutive aces. LMU wins 30-21, after hitting .536 for the game.

The Cougs could come no closer than four points of the lead in the fourth game. WSU stopped the Lions at game point twice but the home team prevailed, 30-22.

WSU returns to Bohler Gym for a match against Gonzaga Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m.

No. 22 Loyola Marymount (6-1)	26	30	30	30Washington State (1-6)		30	23	21	22STATISTICS:KILLS - LMU 66 (DeBernardi, Hughes 14 each), WSU 55 (Rosin 19)HITTING PERCENTAGE - LMU .315, WSU .178ASSISTS - LMU 60 (Oehlman 50), WSU 53 (Martin 50)DIGS - LMU 58 (Look 18), WSU 55 (Holbrook 13)BLOCKS - LMU 10.0 (Nerison 6), WSU 5 (Barcus 3)SERVICE ACES - LMU 8 (Oehlman 5), WSU 6 (Todd 3)Attendance:  510.
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