Sept. 8, 2006
MALIBU, Calif. - Freshman Rachel Lumsden recorded 12 kills and sophomore Julie Rubenstein added 11 as the 18th-ranked Pepperdine women's volleyball team improved to 3-3 on the season by sweeping American University, 30-25, 30-24, 30-17, Friday night in the opening match of the Golden Bear Invitational at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif.
Pepperdine opened the match with a 4-0 run which included a pair of Cassi Chamberlain service aces, setting the tone for the rest of the game. Rubenstein would tack on three more aces for the Waves in the frame to go along with four kills, while senior Sophia Milo tacked on three kills on three swings as the Waves took a 1-0 lead in the match.
Lumsden helped Pepperdine to a 2-0 lead in the match by serving the Waves to a 10-5 lead with a pair of aces as part of a 4-0 run. The freshman would record a team-leading five kills in the stanza as Pepperdine enjoyed a large lead most of the game.
Pepperdine completed the sweep by holding the Eagles to minus .029 hitting in game three, allowing seven kills on 34 swings. Lumsden would contribute five more kills and two more aces, while Rubenstein turned in four kills on 12 swings in the decisive game.
Senior libero Kekai Crabbe led all players with 16 digs.
Pepperdine recorded its third double-digit ace match of the season with 10.
American falls to 4-3 on the season with the loss. Rubena Sukaj led all players with 13 kills but was held to just .062 hitting. The Eagles held an 11.5-5.0 edge in blocks with Chelsa Brooks' six setting the pace.
Pepperdine will return to action Saturday at noon (PDT) when it takes on Colorado State. The Waves are scheduled to close out this weekend's action at 7:30 p.m. when it faces tournament host No. 13 Cal.