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Road Remains Unkind to Pepperdine

Oct. 10, 2006

Malibu, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's volleyball team continued to find the road a tough place to play as the Waves were swept for the second consecutive road match this time to the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (30-24, 30-24, 30-19) at the Thunderdome in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Pepperdine (6-9) was led by Rachel Lumsden's (Brea, Calif.) 11 kills and Lecca Roberts' (Kula, Hawaii) 10 in hitting .095 for the match. Kalya Walker (Kaysville, Utah) five blocks led the Waves which recorded 8.5 for the match.

Santa Barbara (11-7) was led by received 14 kills from Jamie Garbisch. Brett Quirarte added nine kills and eight blocks.

Pepperdine spotted Santa Barbara a four-point lead in game one but battled back to tie the game at 9-9. With the score knotted at 13, the Gaucho setter scored on a dump which was followed by three aces from Deora Leite as UCSB took a 17-13 lead. Still leading by four, 20-16, Santa Barbara broke the game open with a 7-2 run fueled by five Waves' miscues. Out of its final time out of the game, Pepperdine went on a 4-1 run to close the gap to 28-22 but it was too little, too late as the Gauchos took a 1-0 lead in the match.

UCSB raced out to a 10-4 lead in game two and the Waves found themselves playing from behind the rest of the game. Following the sixth Gaucho ace of the night, Pepperdine embarked on an 8-3 run to pull within two, 16-14. But the momentum was brought to a sudden halt as the Waves committed three consecutive attack errors followed by a blocking error to let the home team regain control of the game. Pepperdine regrouped but trading points down by five never allowed the Waves to make a run before going down 2-0 at the break.

As was the case all night, Pepperdine got off to a slow start in game three. Trailing 9-6, the Waves scored the next three points to tie the game at 9-all. Pepperdine fell behind by two, 14-12, before scoring consecutive points to knot the game at 14-14. Following a Waves' service error, UCSB went on a 16-5 run to complete the sweep.

The Waves will return to West Coast Conference action Thursday night when they host San Francisco at 7 p.m. (PDT) in Firestone Fieldhouse.