Oct. 26, 2006
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's volleyball team picked up its first victory on an opponent's home court Thursday night as the Waves handed the Portland Pilots a 30-24, 30-18, 30-24 defeat at the Chiles Center in Portland, Ore.
Pepperdine (9-10, 5-3 West Coast Conference) was led by sophomore Julie Rubenstein's (Camarillo, Calif.) 13 kills, while setter Kiah Fiers (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) picked up her sixth double-double of the year with 29 assists and 14 digs. Senior Kekai Crabbe (Honolulu, Hawaii) led the team with 16 digs.
Portland (8-13, 1-7 WCC) picked up 11 kills from Ashley Grayson on .259 hitting, while Murphy McClenahan led all players with 21 digs in the match.
Already leading by two, 8-6, Portland got kills from Jennifer Sheedy, Grayson and Kara Pein as part of a 4-0 run that forced Nina Matthies to call her first timeout of game one. Out of the stoppage, the Waves wasted no time in getting back into the contest, scoring 12 of the next 16 points for an 18-16 lead. The Pilots would score consecutive points off a Pepperdine service error and a Kelly Whitehouse ace to knot the score at 18-all when Kayla Walker (Kaysville, Utah) teamed up with Cassi Chamberlain (Lakewood, Calif.) for a block and the lead. Walker would pick up her first kill of the night on the ensuing play to cap off a 3-0 Waves' run. Up by one, 23-22, Walker struck again and Rachel Lumsden followed suit as the start of a 6-1 run to set up Pepperdine's first game-point. The final Waves' score would come off the seventh Portland service error of the game.
Pepperdine took a 2-0 lead into the intermission following a dominating effort in game two. The Waves sided out at an 89 percent clip, recording a point on 17 of Portland's 19 serves in the frame. In hitting .378 for the game, Pepperdine's Chamberlain and Rubenstein each recorded four kills, while Lumsden and Walker combined for six more of the team's 17 total. With three blocks in the second game, Pepperdine held Portland to just .024 hitting.
The Waves completed their fourth straight sweep of the Pilots in game three. Leading 9-8, Rubenstein picked up her first kill of game three. Chamberlain toed the service line and dealt out consecutive aces and Pein delivered an errant set to give the visitors a 13-8 lead. Out of a Pilots' timeout, a second Rubenstein kill was followed by a kill from Sophia Milo (Portland, Ore.) to cap off a 6-0 Pepperdine run. Portland would pull back within two, 18-16, off a kill by Whitehouse but it would be as close as the home team would get as the Waves scored the next four points en route to the victory.
The Waves will look to pick up its second victory of the weekend on Saturday afternoon when it travels to Spokane, Wash., for a 2 p.m. PT first serve against Gonzaga.