Nov. 4, 2006
MALIBU, Calif. - Sophia Milo scored 20.5 points and the Pepperdine Waves remained unbeaten at home in West Coast Conference (WCC) play with a 3-1 (30-22, 28-30, 30-19, 30-28) victory over the No. 15-ranked San Diego Toreros on Saturday afternoon in a match that ended with Kristen Carlson misfiring for the 16th time in the contest.
Milo (Portland, Ore.) recorded 15 kills one match after being held to just five kills on minus .053 hitting against Santa Clara. She added a career-high tying 11 block assists for the second double-double of her career.
But Pepperdine (12-10, 8-3 WCC) didn't win the match because of its blistering offense rather, the Waves recorded 11 service aces and equaled their season-high with 15 blocks.
San Diego (20-5, 10-1 WCC) saw its hopes of an undefeated conference season come to a crashing halt as the Toreros' big three were held in check all night. Carlson began to show her team's frustration after hitting an attack into the antenna late in game four as she was issued a yellow card for arguing with the down official. Calson ended the contest hitting minus .017 with 15 kills and 18 digs.
The Waves extending their games-won streak to 16 by holding San Diego to minus .032 hitting in game one. Pepperdine received four kills from Milo and Rachel Lumsden (Brea, Calif.) in the opening frame and Kiah Fiers and Cassi Chamberlain (Lakewood, Calif.) added two aces apiece in taking a 1-0 lead in the match. Milo opened the game with a kill as Pepperdine led wire-to-wire. The Toreros tied the match several times in the early going, but with the game knotted at 8-8, an attack error by Erin Wiskar gave the Waves the lead for good. Wiskar was the victim twice more in Pepperdine's 3-0 run, getting blocked by Kayla Walker (Kaysville, Utah) and Milo before being guilty of a reception error of a Chamberlain ace.
Chamberlain capped another 3-0 Waves' run with a kill and solo stuff of Christie Dawson, giving the home team an 18-13 lead. Pepperdine would put more distance between them and the conference front-runner with a 6-1 run for a 25-18 lead.
Game two started and ended as a battle with 15 ties to an 18-all stalemate. The Toreros broke the tie with a 3-0 run only to see Milo will her team to a 22-21 lead with three kills and a block with Julie Rubenstein (Camarillo, Calif.). USD answered with a 3-0 run of its own before a Caitlin Lawson (Walnut Creek, Calif.) ace locked the contest at 24-all. After a 4-1 USD run, the Waves fought off consecutive game-point tries but Dawson sent the match into the intermission at 1-1.
Pepperdine broke open a 6-6 tie in game three with a 5-0 run, capped by a Rubenstein solo stuff of Laurel Abrahamson. San Diego used a 3-0 run to cut the lead down to three, 21-18 before Nina Baltimore (Seal Beach, Calif.) served the final seven points of an 8-0 run to put the game out of reach, 29-18.
The Waves but on a blocking clinic in the fourth game turning back four San Diego attempts as they used a 6-0 run to take an 8-4 lead. The Toreros rallied back to tie the game at 13-13 before taking a 16-15 lead off a 6-2 run. Down by two, 20-18, Pepperdine scored the next three points. USD answered with a 3-0 spurt of its own to reclaim the lead, 23-21. Four kills by four different Waves opened a 6-0 run which appeared to seal the victory with a 27-23 lead. The Toreros went on to score five of the next six points to lock the game at 28-all but Milo gave the Waves the lead and Dawson's attempt at sending a free ball over to Pepperdine never made it to the net snapping USD's 10-match win streak.
Lumsden and Chamberlain recorded 12 kills apiece for Pepperdine, while Rubenstein chipped in with 11. Fiers logged eight kills, dished out a career-tying high three aces and added 17 digs. Kekai Crabbe (Honolulu, Hawaii) also picked up 17 digs in the victory.
Dawson led San Diego with 17 kills on .324 hitting, Abrahamson finished the night with 10 kills but hit just .143 in the loss.
Pepperdine will hit the road for the final time in league play next weekend when it travels to San Francisco and Saint Mary's. Pepperdine swept both the Dons and the Gaels in the team's first meeting of the season.