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Pepperdine Victory Sets up Championship Match against No. 13 Cal

Sept. 9, 2006

MALIBU, Calif. - The 18th-ranked Pepperdine women's volleyball team picked up its fourth consecutive victory with a 3-1 (30-27, 23-30, 30-20, 30-17) decision over Colorado State Saturday afternoon at Haas Pavilion. The victory sets up a true championship match for the Golden Bear Invitational tonight at 7:30 p.m. (PDT) between the Waves and No. 13 Cal.

Senior Sophia Milo became the school's all-time blocks leader with two in the match, passing Lisa Bevington's (1985-88) career mark of 423. The Portland, Ore. native added a team-leading 14 kills on .583 hitting. Freshman Rachel Lumsden picked up her third double-double of the season with an 11-kill, 13-dig effort. Sophomore Julie Rubenstein added 12 kills, while senior libero Kekai Crabbe logged a match-best 21 digs for the Waves (4-3).

Colorado State (4-4) was paced by Jaime Strauss' 15 kills. Mekana Barnes added 13 kills and Katherine Whitney finished the night with 10 kills but the Rams were limited to just .131 hitting as Pepperdine recorded 12.0 blocks in the match.

The Rams used a 5-1 run to take a 16-12 lead in game one. Behind a pair of kills by Milo and Rubenstein, and a kill from Cassi Chamberlain, Pepperdine took an 18-17 lead. CSU regained the lead at 20-18 only to record three consecutive hitting errors as the Waves took a 22-20 lead. Colorado State tied the game at 24-all but Pepperdine outscored its opponent by a 6-3 margin to take a 1-0 lead in the match.

The Waves let game two slip away. After trailing 12-4, CSU used a 13-3 run to take a 17-15 lead. The Waves would score the next three points but the Rams would hold on for 30-23 victory.

Pepperdine cruised in games three and four. In game three, the Waves led by as many as 11, 15-6, and never looked back. For the game, Pepperdine hit at a .517 clip with 17 kills and just two errors. The final game was more of the same. The Waves opened a double-digit lead early in the final frame and won the match going away.

The Waves will return home for a pair of matches against nationally-ranked teams next week. Thursday's match against No. 10 USC will be a rematch of last year's NCAA Tournament second round when Pepperdine swept the Trojans in Los Angeles. The match will air on ESPNU at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the Waves will host No. 14 Purdue at 7:00 p.m., following an Alumni match at 3:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling 866 WAVE-TIX.