Nov. 11, 2006
MALIBU, Calif. - Thanks to a 3-1 (30-27, 23-30, 30-20, 30-20) victory over the San Francisco Dons Saturday afternoon at War Memorial Gym, the Pepperdine women's volleyball team picked up its sixth straight victory of the season, marking its longest win streak since the 2003 season.
Pepperdine (14-10, 10-3 West Coast Conference) received 19 kills from sophomore Julie Rubenstein's (Camarillo, Calif.) on .441 hitting. Freshman Rachel Lumsden (Brea, Calif.) finished the match with 17 kills on .314 hitting, while Sophia Milo (Portland, Ore.) chipped in with 15. Freshman setter Kiah Fiers (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) dished out 56 assists with five kills while setting the team to a combined .372 hitting.
San Francisco (21-8, 5-7 WCC) was paced by Kristen Hasselberg's 18 kills and Alix Gambos' 16.
The Waves opened strong, getting out to an 8-3 lead in game one. But the Dons would answer with an 8-3 run to knot the game at 11-11. USF took its first lead of the game, 15-14, on a Darcy Carroll kill. Still trailing by one, Milo started the Waves on a 4-0 run which was capped by consecutive service aces by libero Kekai Crabbe (Honolulu, Hawaii). Pepperdine never gave up the lead, hitting at a .361 clip and taking a 1-0 lead in the match.
San Francisco could do no wrong in game two. The Dons broke open a 2-2 game with a 3-0 run and thanks to .654 hitting, 17 kills on 26 errorless swings, was able to hold off a Pepperdine squad that hit .270 for the game.
After splitting the first two points of game three, the Waves seized control of the game with a 6-1 run which was capped by a Cassi Chamberlain (Lakewood, Calif.) kill. Pepperdine hit .419 for the game and recorded four service aces in taking a 2-1 lead in the match.
The two teams fought to a 10-10 stalemate in game four before a pair of Dons' hitting errors lifted the Waves to a 12-10 lead. Leading by two, Milo and Chamberlain recorded consecutive kills to extend the visitors' lead to four, 16-12. The Dons closed within one at 17-16 but kills by Kayla Walker (Kaysville, Utah) and Rubenstein started the Waves on a 13-4 run to close out the match.
The victory assures Pepperdine of finishing no worse than second in the WCC. The Waves will close out league play Thursday when it hosts cross-town rival Loyola Marymount at 7 p.m. PT in Firestone Fieldhouse. Pepperdine was swept in the team's first meeting of the season and will be looking to even the score on senior night.