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WCC Volleyball Recaps

Nov. 8, 2007

Pepperdine - 3
San Francisco - 2

SAN FRANCISCO - The Pepperdine women's volleyball team extended its winning streak to five matches with a thrilling 3-2 win (27-30, 31-29, 26-30, 30-17, 15-13) over San Francisco on Thursday night.The Waves improved to 17-7 (8-3 WCC) with the win, while the Dons fell to 15-12 (4-7 WCC).

The Waves dropped a tough game one after leading 27-26 late in the match. The Dons scored four consecutive points to claim the 30-27 win, the first game the Waves dropped since losing the fifth game to Saint Mary's on Oct. 20. The Waves rebounded to post a tough 31-29 win in game two, as they trailed 29-26 and were in danger of going down 2-0. A kill by Cassi Chamberlain, an attack error and a block assists by Lecca Roberts (Kula, Hawaii) and Rachel Lumsden (Brea, Calif./Brea Olinda HS) knotted the game at 29-29. The tandem teamed up to repeat the feat twice more, as the Waves escaped with a 31-29 victory. The Waves failed to get going offensively in the third game, as they were limited to a .140 hitting percentage, and they dropped a 30-26 decision. Down 2-1, the Waves stepped up their defense in game four, as they limited the Dons to a .103 hitting percentage and claimed a runaway 30-17 victory. In the deciding game five, the Waves hit .545 as a team, and broke a 13-13 tie with a Julie Rubenstein (Camarillo, Calif./Oaks Christian HS) kill and block assists from Kayla Walker (Kaysville, Utah/Davis HS) and Roberts to claim the 15-13 and seal the match victory.

Pepperdine hit .268 as a team while San Francisco hit .217.

"It was a full-team effort," Pepperdine Assistant Coach Tim Jensen said. "Nina (Matthies) made a great sub, she put Caitlin Lawson in for Rachel and helped us win game four. That was the game-changing moment. Julie carried us in game five, we needed big kills and she delivered. Now we're figuring out how to win these kind of games when we lost them at the beginning of the year. The team believed in themselves and it showed tonight."

Three Waves set career highs in the match, as Rubenstein led the Waves with a career-high 28 kills and 13 digs for her 15th double-double of the season, Krista Friedman (La Verne, Calif./St Lucy's Priory HS) set a career-high and team season-best with 27 digs, Kiah Fiers (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Peninsula HS) set a career-high with 72 assists and also registered 12 digs for her ninth double-double of the year, and Roberts notched 16 kills and hit .560 for the match

Up next, the Waves travel to San Diego to take on the Toreros on Saturday at 1 p.m.

San Diego - 3
Loyola Marymount - 2

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Five different players recorded double-digit kills as the 19th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team won a thrilling 3-2 West Coast Conference match over visiting Loyola Marymount University Thursday evening at USD's Jenny Craig Pavilion.

With the 30-26, 31-29, 22-30, 21-30, 15-13 win, the Toreros improve to 18-7 overall and move to 8-3 in the WCC. With the loss, the Lions fall to 13-1 overall and 5-6 in the WCC.

Amy DeGroot led the team with her 16 kills to go along with 17 digs to post a double-double. Erin Wiskar was the second USD player to record a double-double with 10 kills and a career-high 20 digs. Laurel Abrahamson was the third Torero in double digit kills with 11, Torey Ellick added in 10 kills and freshman right side Ali Troost was the final USD player in double digit kills with 12. Sophomore libero Andrea Csaszi led the team with 23 digs. As a team, USD hit for a .128 clip.

For the Lions, Emily Day had a match-best 26 kills to go along with 10 digs to post a double-double and Heather Hughes was the second LMU player in double-digit kills as she had 24. As a team, the Lions hit for a .173 clip.

In game one, USD opened the frame with a 6-2 run, sparked by a DeGroot kill and capped on a service error by the Lions. After LMU took back one point, the Toreros then used a 4-2 spurt to remain in control of the momentum. USD would be able to hold onto that four-point lead for the remainder of the game as they cruised their way to a 30-26 win.

In the second game, the two teams came out of the gates swinging and kept things close with each team taking their turn with the lead. Then with the score at 4-4, LMU used a 6-2 run to gain some momentum and take a 10-6 lead. San Diego would then claw their way back into the game and eventually tied things up at 18-18. The two teams then sea sawed back and forth a bit and with the score knotted at 25-25, LMU put together a 4-2 run to put the Toreros on the ropes at 29-27. San Diego refused to go away as Ellick laid down a kill which sparked a 4-0 run for the Toreros to allow them to claim the game and take a 2-0 lead into the break.

In game three, the Lions were facing elimination, but they didn't go away as they jumped out to a 6-0 lead and never really looked back. With the score at 17-10, USD would make a 6-1 run to pull back within two at 18-16, but LMU answered back with a 4-0 run to regain control of the momentum and would eventually hold on and win 30-22.

In game four, USD grabbed the first two points on an LMU attack error and a Wiskar kill, but LMU came roaring back with a 5-1 run to take the lead. LMU then gradually built their lead back up to four and held on to that lead for a majority of the match. USD pulled back to within one at 14-15, but the Lions went on a 6-1 run to gain back the momentum and never looked back, as they evened the match at 2-2.

In the fifth and deciding game, the Toreros refused to be denied on their home court. A Abrahamson kill grabbed the first point for the Toreros, but LMU answered with a 5-1 run to grab back the lead at 5-2. USD pulled back to within two at 4-6, but LMU would get their eighth point first and forced the switch of sides. USD held close to the Lions as they traded point-for-point, until LMU had a 11-9 lead. With a LMU ball handling error followed by back-to-back USD kills by Ellick and DeGroot, USD found themselves ahead 12-11. LMU then evened things up on a Day kill at 12-12, and again evened the game at 13-13. But in the end, USD was too strong to overcome as Ellick grabbed the 14th point with a kill and a ball handling error on LMU gave USD the 3-2 win.

USD will return to action on Saturday in a 1 p.m. WCC match against Pepperdine University at USD's Jenny Craig Pavilion.