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WCC Women's Volleyball Recaps

Nov. 2, 2006

Pepperdine - 3
Santa Clara - 0

MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's volleyball team had lost the last six matches to Santa Clara, including last year's NCAA Championship tournament. But Thursday night the Waves reclaimed their edge over the Broncos.

Freshman Rachel Lumsden (Brea, Calif.) scored 16 points with 15 kills, two blocks and 13 digs and sophomore Julie Rubenstein (Camarillo, Calif.) added 13 kills and six total blocks - four solo - in Pepperdine's (11-10, 7-3 West Coast Conference) 3-0 (30-25, 32-30, 30-28) victory over the Broncos (16-6, 6-4 WCC).

Pepperdine rallied back after an 8-1 Santa Clara run gave the Broncos a 12-8 lead early in game one. Kayla Walker (Kaysville, Utah) picked up her second kill of the game to start the home team on a 6-2 run that tied the score at 14-14. Kim McGiven's kill with the score locked regained the Bronco's lead, but only momentarily.

Lumsden started the Waves on a 6-1 run that included a second kill from the freshman and two by Cassi Chamberlain (Lakewood, Calif.) who also teamed up with Walker for a block of McGiven.

Consecutive kills by McGiven closed the gap to two, 20-18 when Rubenstein notched her second kill of the game to start a 3-0 run capped by a Chamberlain ace. Already leading by five, 24-19, Pepperdine buried back-to-back Santa Clara overpasses for the 26-19 lead en route to the game one victory.

"I thought we served really tough tonight," Nina Matthies said. "We took what we saw on film and what we had been working on and executed what we had worked on during the week."

Game two set the tone for the rest of the match with seven ties and three lead changes during the first 22 points. Trailing by one, Pepperdine's Rubenstein broke the rally-scoring record for solo blocks by a sophomore as she rejected the Bronco's Brittany Lowe. Lowe, who hit minus .103 for the match, was errant on her following swing and the Waves were off on a 6-0 run. Lowe would cap a 6-1 Santa Clara run that tied the score at 18-all but three unforced Bronco errors were followed by a Lumsden kill giving the home team the 22-18 advantage.

Lowe picked up a kill and an ace setting up a 7-2 run that gave Santa Clara a 25-24 lead. The teams traded sideouts to 29-29 when Lumsden struck for the fifth time in the set. The Waves took a 2-0 lead into the intermission following a solo block by Walker and a Chamberlain kill.

"When we execute, we can compete with anyone," noted Matthies. "I told my team that they can't worry about what happened before and focus on now and then move on. We got in a bit of a jam in game two but we were able to get out of it and that was huge. Give Santa Clara credit tonight, they were serving bullets."

Pepperdine scored the first three points of game three only to see the lead evaporate after a 7-2 Santa Clara run. Kiah Fiers (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) ended the run with the first of her five kills in the game. Chamberlain followed with her third ace of the night and Lowe followed with another error as the Waves took an 8-7 lead.

Things remained close with neither team gaining more than a three-point advantage the rest of the way. Pepperdine battled back from a 20-18 deficit to take a 24-22 lead, only to see the Broncos regain the lead, 27-26 on Lowe's fourth ace of the night. Rubenstein tied the score at 27-all with a kill and Nina Baltimore's (Seal Beach, Calif.) second ace of the night put the Waves back on top, 28-27. Anna Cmaylo picked up her team-leading 12th kill on the ensuing play only to see Rubenstein and Lumsden record consecutive kills for the victory.

The Waves have yet to drop a game at Firestone Fieldhouse in posting a 5-0 record at home in league play. The victory also moves Pepperdine alone into second in the conference standings, a game up on Santa Clara.

Thursday night's match will air on CSTV Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. PT as the station's Match of the Week.

League-leading San Diego will try its luck in Malibu on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. as the Waves' next opponent.

San Diego - 3
Loyola Marymount - 2

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Kristen Carlson's 34 kills and Jessica Nyrop's 71 assists help lead the 15th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team to a 3-2 win against Loyola Marymount University in a West Coast Conference match Thursday evening.

With the 28-30, 30-20, 29-31, 33-31, 15-10 win, the Toreros run their win streak to 10, improve to 20-4 overall and remain undefeated in WCC action at 10-0. USD's magic number to claim the WCC crown outright is now two. However, should USD defeat Pepperdine (11-10, 7-3 WCC) on Saturday, USD will claim the WCC Championship outright. With the loss, LMU drops to 17-8 overall and 5-5 in the WCC.

Carlson racked up a season-high 34 kills to rank third in USD history for single-game kills, and she posted her 17th double-double of the season as she recorded 18 digs. Nyrop recorded a career-high 73 assists to rank in a tie for sixth in USD history for single-game assists, to help direct the San Diego offense to a .294 team attacking percentage. Christie Dawson also had a huge day for the Toreros as she recorded 18 on 36 attempts for a .417 attacking percentage. Laurel Abrahamson, the defending WCC Player of the Week, turned in yet another dominating performance as she had 17 kills on 33 attempts while only committing three attacking errors to post a .424 clip.

The Lions were led offensively by Christianna Reneau who had a team-leading 26 kills and added 11 digs to post a double-double. Heather Hughes, Sandy Crone and Emily Day were the other three Lions who had double-digit kills with 13 and 12 and 11 respectfully. K.C. Walsh recorded 34 assists to help direct the LMU offense to a team attacking percentage of .246.

In game one, the Lions were able to jump out to an early 1-0 lead as they held off a late USD rally to defeat the Toreros 30-28. In the early going, the game was a seesaw battle with each team taking their turn with the lead. Then with the score at 22-18 in favor of the Lions, LMU went on a 6-3 run to take a commanding 28-21 lead. USD then dug in and Carlson sparked a 6-0 San Diego run with a kill off a set by Nyrop to pull the Toreros within one. However, LMU was able to hold off the late USD run to claim the win.

Game two was a different story, as the Toreros cruised to a 30-20 win. In the game, USD had a team attacking percentage of .412 and the Torero defense held the Lions to a .108 team attacking percentage. In the early going, the game was pretty even keel, then with the score knotted at 12-12, Carlson ignited a 10-2 San Diego run with a kill off a set by Nyrop, and USD didn't look back as they cruised to the 10 point win and pull even in the match at 1-1.

In the third game, the two teams were engaged in a battle, with nether team taking a lead bigger then two. USD would gain the lead late at 28-26 on an attacking error by LMU's Christianna Reneau. The Lions didn't fade away as they went on a 3-0 run to take a 29-28 lead. USD would tie things up with a Carlson kill off a Nyrop set, but LMU would score the next two points to claim the 31-29 win and take a 2-1 lead in the match.

Game four was a barn burner, as both teams seesawed back and forth for the lead, and USD had the Lions at game-point five times, and finally were able to claim the 33-31 win on a attack error by LMU's Emily Day to force a game five.

In the fifth and final game, the Toreros proved to be too much for the Lions as they picked up a 15-10 win. With the score tied at 9-9, USD would go on a 6-1run capped by Carlson's 34th kill of the evening to give the Toreros the 3-2 win.

The Toreros will return to the court on Saturday as they travel to Malibu for a 1 p.m. WCC match against the Waves of Pepperdine University.