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Dec 4- Pepperdine advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, as the host Waves got a 1-kill performance from Katie Wilkins to lead them to a 3-0 win over Manhattan

lt;bgt;Pictured:lt;/bgt;lt;igt; Pepperdine's Breegan Mulligan had seven kills to help lead the Waves to a first round win.lt;/igt; lt;pgt; Dec 4- Pepperdine advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, as the host Waves got a 1-kill performance from Katie Wilkins to lead them to a 3-0 win over Manhattan. San Francisco made its post-season debut against Pacific, and were swept by the Tigers 3-0. lt;pgt; lt;bgt;Pepperdine 3, Manhattan 0lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; Katie Wilkins had 1 kills and hit .464 percent to help the No. 4-seeded Pepperdine Waves women's volleyball team advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after defeating Manhattan with a 30-1, 30-0, 30-0 victory at the Firestone Fieldhouse on Thursday. lt;pgt; "I thought we had four great teams here tonight," said 1-year veteran coach, Nina Matthies. "We knew that Manhattan would be scrappy and would serve tough. They played us how we thought and we prepared for them like we do for all matches." lt;pgt; Pepperdine improved to 6-, while Manhattan concluded its 003 campaign with a 1-14 overall record. The Waves, who have won their last consecutive matches, will play Kansas Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. The Jayhawks swept Long Beach State University in the first round of the tournament tonight. lt;pgt; The 003 West Coast Conference (WCC) Freshman of the Year, Sophia Milo, hit .6 percent (10-16) and registered six blocks (-4) in her first career NCAA Tournament. lt;pgt; "Sophia is huge," commented Matthies. "Against UCLA she was big patrolling the net and took over in game five. Tonight they (kills) were not big bangs, but she was still a factor. She has gotten experience playing with the seniors and has helped the team tremendously. She makes teams alter their defenses." lt;pgt; Teammate Lyndsey Hache' recorded 11 kills off of 3 attacks for a .391 clip and contributed six block assists. Breegan Mulligan had 14 digs and seven kills, while Katy Daly reached for 13 digs and tallied seven kills. lt;pgt; For the Jaspers, Goedel Van Cauteren earned her nd triple double of the season with 11 kills, 1 sets, and 11 digs. lt;pgt; The Waves out-hit the Jaspers, .394 to .087, and had more blocks (13. to .0) and digs (9 to 4). lt;pgt; Pepperdine got off to a fast start and never felt threatened in all three games. lt;pgt; lt;bgt;Pacific 3, San Francisco 0lt;/bgt;lt;brgt; San Francisco volleyball opened up the first NCAA Tournament in program history with a first round match-up against Pacific. The Dons, making their first ever appearance, squared off against the Tigers who have never failed to qualify in the 3-year history of the event. Unfortunately for USF, youth could not beat experience as the Dons magical, storied run to the NCAA Tournament ended 3-0 30-6, 30-8, 30-3 in first round action Thursday at Maples Pavilion. lt;pgt; Senior middle blocker Teresa Russell led USF with one of the best performances in her sparkling career on the Hilltop. Russell slammed a team-high 18 kills with just one error in 37 attempts, hitting .49 with eight digs and four blocks. Senior outside hitter Brittanie Budinger also contributed with 11 kills and 14 digs for her nd double-double night of the season. Senior outside hitter Caroline Skacel added five kills and eight digs, while senior setter April Scoggin dished out 41 assists and added eight digs. lt;pgt; Head coach Jeff Nelson was disappointed with the outcome of the match, but did not want to let it detract from the best season in program history (3-8). lt;pgt; "I definitely think we showed some nerves tonight. I thought we battled hard to get through it and fought back, especially in game three, but just could not get over the hump. This has been such an amazing season for us. We changed everything this year and these kids responded and made things happen," Nelson said. lt;pgt; Senior middle blocker Liz MacAusland led things off with an ace in game one, sparking a 6-1 lead for the Dons. Pacific recovered and once they took a 13-1 advantage, the Dons were unable to come back against the Tigers. San Francisco trailed 18-1, but fought back to close to within four, -18, but Pacific pulled away. Russell made her presence felt with five kills in the opening set, while Budinger added four of her own. lt;pgt; Game two was similar as the Dons built a modest 7-4 advantage in the early going, only to watch the Tigers go on a 8-3 run to take a 1-10 lead. Pacific would extend the edge to six, 0-14, but the Dons roared back. After trailing -1, USF reeled off seven unanswered points to tie the contest at . Pacific then went on a 4-0 run to take a 6- lead. San Francisco battled, but could not come all the way back. Russell added six more kills for the Dons, including three kills and two blocks during the late run, while Budinger hammered four more. lt;pgt; San Francisco fought from behind in game three. USF would not go quietly. After falling behind 18-11, the Dons exploded for a 11- run to take a 1-0 lead behind outstanding serving and defense. Undaunted, the Tigers went on a 10- run to close out the Dons in a hotly contested match taking 1:40. lt;pgt; "Teresa Russell had an amazing match for us tonight. She competed and carried us and April (Scoggin) was finding her in game three as we fought back. The way she has fought all the way back (from injury) and to compete at such a high level all season for us has been very special," Nelson continued. lt;pgt; Nelson felt the NCAA Tournament experience of Pacific was a plus. lt;pgt; "Pacific did a great job. Joines is a great player and came up big when they needed her too. They have been here before and that certainly helps," Nelson said. lt;pgt; Joines led Pacific with 1 kills on .4 hitting, while Sophomore outside hitter Ashley Groothius added 1 kills. The Tigers hit .314 for the match and limited the Dons to a .0 clip for the match. lt;Pgt;