Oct. 5, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - The No. 23-ranked Pepperdine women's volleyball team fell to 0-7 against ranked teams this season after dropping a 3-1 (30-28, 30-18, 27-30, 30-27) decision to No. 22 San Diego Thursday night at the Jenny Craig Pavilion in San Diego, Calif.
Kayla Walker (Kaysville, Utah) recorded the first double-double of her career in the loss, recording career-highs in kills, 14, and digs, 15. Julie Rubenstein (Camarillo, Calif.) notched the ninth double-double of her career with an 11-kill, 15-dig effort. Rachel Lumsden (Brea, Calif.) ended the night with 13 kills, while Sophia Milo (Portland, Ore.) recorded 10. As a team, Pepperdine (6-7, 2-1 WCC) out-blocked San Diego (13-4, 3-0 WCC) by a 15-12 margin.
Kristen Carlson led all players with 26 kills, while Laurel Abrahamson chipped in with 15 and Christie Dawson added 12. Carlson recorded 19 digs second to Andrea Csaszi's 21.
Pepperdine missed the chance to put the home team in a hole in game one as the Waves out-hit the Toreros by a .350-.267 margin. Following a ball handling error by San Diego, Pepperdine led 10-6 in game one. The lead did not last long as USD fought back to tie the game at 12-12. After a 3-0 run, the Waves regained the lead, 16-14. A pair of Rubenstein kills and a Torero miscue put the Waves up 19-16. Pepperdine was unable to hold the lead though as out of a timeout, USD went on a 4-0 run aided by a pair of service aces. The Toreros let a 26-22 lead slip away as the Waves battled back to a 27-all tie. Out of its final timeout, San Diego received points off a kill and a Waves' attack error to en route to the 1-0 lead in the match.
Pepperdine seemed to be feeling the effects of dropping game as they fell behind 11-5 in game two. The Waves were never able to get back in the game, hitting just .031 in the frame to USD's .469.
The Waves showed some resilience in game three after falling behind 10-6. Pepperdine would score six of the next eight points to tie the contest at 12-all. The teams traded the next 14 points to a 19-19 stalemate before the Waves pushed ahead, 21-19. USD tied the score twice more, at 23 and 24 before a 6-3 Waves' run forced a fourth game.
In game four Pepperdine got out to the big lead and led by as many as five, 13-8. The Waves were unable hold their lead as the Toreros used a 3-0 run to tie the game at 16-16. Pepperdine regained a two-point advantage, 19-17, only to see San Diego rattle off the next six points in the game. The Waves would get as close as one, 24-23, before suffering their first loss in West Coast Conference play.
Pepperdine will get on more chance to knock off a ranked opponent Saturday when it takes on Santa Clara. The match is scheduled for a 2 p.m. first serve.