Sept. 30, 2006
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's volleyball team completed its four-match home stand with a 3-0 (30-20, 30-16, 30-26) victory over the Portland Pilots Saturday afternoon and improved to 2-0 in West Coast Conference (WCC) play after the first weekend of league action.
Sophomore Julie Rubenstein (Camarillo, Calif.) led all players with 12 kills and two aces on .435 hitting. Freshman Rachel Lumsden (Brea, Calif.) chipped in with 11 kills and a team-leading five blocks as the Waves (6-6) moved to 20-0 all-time against Portland (7-8, 0-2 WCC) in Malibu.
Jennifer Sheedy's nine kills and Ashley Grayson's eight led a Portland team which hit a combined .085 for the match.
Already leading by three, 6-3, in game one, Pepperdine sent freshman setter Kiah Fiers (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) back to serve. Fiers sent the Waves on an 8-0 run and a commanding 13-3 lead. Portland managed to battle back to within five at 20-15, but a 10-5 run ended the Pilots' comeback attempt.
Pepperdine jumped out to a seven-point, 12-5, lead in game two before stretching its lead to nine, 20-11. In hitting .375 with 15 kills and three errors in the game, the Waves took a commanding 2-0 lead into the intermission.
Waves' head coach Nina Matthies allowed some reserves to gain experience in game three. Although Portland picked up an early lead in the frame, Pepperdine would prove to be too much in the end.
Pepperdine will hit the road next week for a pair of critical WCC matches. First up for the Waves will be San Diego, Thursday night. On Saturday afternoon, Pepperdine will face Santa Clara, the team which eliminated the Waves from the NCAA tournament last year.