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    Loyola Marymount Sweeps Northwestern, 3-0

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Senior Lindsay Anderson killed nine balls in game three alone against Loyola Marymount Friday night.
    Senior Lindsay Anderson killed nine balls in game three alone against Loyola Marymount Friday night.

    Aug. 31, 2007

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    LOS ANGELES -- In its first match away from home in 2007, Northwestern ran into the hosts of the Loyola Marymount Four Points Sheraton LAX Classic Friday night, falling to the Lions in a sweep, 30-26, 30-22, 30-25.

    The loss was Northwestern's first of the season, dropping it to 2-1. Loyola Marymount improved to 2-2 with the victory in the first match for both schools at the Four Points Sheraton LAX Classic.

    Loyola Marymount took the early lead on its home court, gradually opening a 13-7 lead before Northwestern head coach Keylor Chan called a timeout. Shortly after the break, junior Chelsy Hyser (Belvidere, Ill./Belvidere) turned it on at the net, notching three kills during a 5-1 Wildcats' run that included a solo block from Lindsay Anderson (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) to bring NU back within a pair, 15-13, and force an LMU timeout.

    The Lions clawed their way back into a five-point advantage, 26-21, causing NU's second timeout of the game. When the deficit hit six, 28-22, the Wildcats ran off four-straight points courtesy of two Anderson kills and a solo block and kill by Brittney Aldridge (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire) to again close to within two, 28-26, but LMU scored the final two points of the game to win, 30-26.

    Loyola Marymount again caused the first timeout in game two after taking a 14-9 lead that eventually expanded to eight, 20-12. Northwestern responded with an 8-3 run featuring kills from Anderson, Hyser and Sabel Moffett (Temecula, Calif./Chaparrel) to make the deficit three, 23-20, but LMU pulled away for a 30-22 game two win.

    The Wildcats came out of the locker room for game three with a bit of a different look, giving freshman setter Elyse Glab (Chicago, Ill./Resurrection) the first action of her collegiate career.



    Northwestern's first four points of game four came courtesy of the block, but with the score knotted, 4-4, Loyola Marymount unleashed a 9-2 run to force a Northwestern timeout with the score 13-6. Immediately out of the timeout, Aldridge and Brittani Gray (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) notched kills during a 3-0 Northwestern spurt. A bit later in the game, Anderson annihilated three kills in a row to pull the 'Cats back to within spitting distance, 16-14, and cause an LMU timeout.

    The Lions again responded to the Wildcats' run, forcing Chan to use his second timeout of the third game when the score reached 22-18. LMU was able to keep NU at arms length the rest of the way, winning game three, 30-25.

    Anderson racked up nine of her team-high 18 kills in the third game, while Glab had 16 assists to equal her teammate Stephanie Jurivich's (LaGrange, Ill./St. Ignatius) match total.

    Anderson finished with a double-double, adding 11 digs to her kill total. Sophomore Kate Nobilio (Johnsburg, Ill./Johnsburg) had a team-best 17 digs, while Courtnie Paulus (Belgium, Wis./Ozaukee) and Ariel Baxterbeck (Menlo Park, Calif./Castilleja) joined her in double-digits with 11. Aldridge had a team-best six blocks.

    Northwestern returns to action at noon CT tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 1, against UNLV. The Wildcats then close out the Four Points Sheraton LAX Classic at 7 p.m. CT Saturday versus UC Santa Barbara.