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NCAA Volleyball First Round Recaps

Nov. 30, 2007

USC - 3
Pepperdine - 0

MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's volleyball team dropped its NCAA Tournament first round match to #5 USC on Friday night, as they fell 3-0 (30-22, 30-23, 31-29) to the Women of Troy, ending their 2007 season.

The Waves end the season at 18-11 overall and finished third in the West Coast Conference at 9-5. USC (26-4) advances to face Long Beach State on Saturday night, as the 49ers claimed a 3-2 win over UNLV in the first match on Friday.

"We had a bizarre ending to a pretty good year," Pepperdine Coach Nina Matthies said. "I thought this team has played with a lot of enthusiasm and fierceness all year, and we've had some ups and downs, but this is a tremendous group and I'm really proud of them."

The Women of Troy got off to a quick 4-0 lead in game one and led by as many as 10 points at 17-7, en route to a 30-22 win. The Waves were limited to a .157 hitting percentage while the Women of Troy managed a .283 mark. Game two saw the Women of Troy lead throughout the game, as they hit a blistering .419 and claimed the 30-23 win. The Waves were again limited offensively, as they only hit .167 in the game.

Game three was a tight contest, as the Waves kept the game close early and used a 5-0 run to take their first lead of the match at 8-7. The Waves kept the lead until the Trojans tied the game at 17-17, but the Waves reclaimed the lead from there and opened up their biggest lead of the game at 27-24. The Women of Troy rallied to score four consecutive points to take the lead at 28-27, but the Waves scored the next two points to reclaim the lead at 29-28, only needing one point to send the match to a fourth game. The Waves were unable to put the game away, as the Women of Troy rallied to score three consecutive points to claim the 31-29 victory and the match sweep.

Pepperdine hit .210 for the match while USC hit .345.

Cassi Chamberlain (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood HS) tied a season-high with 15 kills and hit .560 for the match, Julie Rubenstein (Camarillo, Calif./Oaks Christian HS) notched her 19th double-double of the season with 11 kills and 19 digs and Chevy Crum (Phoenix, Ariz./Horizon HS) registered 40 assists and four digs.

Iowa State - 3
San Diego - 2

MADISON, Wisc. - The 16th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team saw their season come to an end with a tough 3-2 loss to Iowa State University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday afternoon at the UW Fieldhouse.

With the 30-25, 29-31, 19-30, 30-25, 14-16 loss, the Toreros conclude their season with a 21-8 overall record. With the win, the Cyclones improve to 18-13 overall and will play the winner of the Wisconsin and Northern Iowa match on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Amy DeGroot led the team's offense as she had a match-high 20 kills and recorded 17 digs to post her 14th double-double of the season. Laurel Abrahamson was the second USD player in double-digit kills as she had 16 kills on 37 attempts to post a .351 attack percentage. The final USD player to record double-digit kills was Ali Troost, who had 15 kills on 32 attempts to post a .250 attack percentage. Andrea Csaszi recorded a team-best 20 digs in the match and Jessica Nyrop recorded a match-best 58 assists in helping direct USD to a .198 team attack percentage.

In game one, the Toreros grabbed the lead with the first two points on back-to-back attack errors by Iowa State. The Cyclones then got on the boards with a Lauren Cummings kill and managed to keep things within two throughout the early going. ISU would then use a 6-1 run to capture their first lead of the game at 13-11, but the Toreros captured the next two points to tie things up at 13-13 on a Torey Ellick kill and an ISU ball handling error.

The two teams would then share six more ties until the final tie came at 22-22 on an ISU service error. San Diego then went to work as an ISU net violation sparked an 8-3 run to close out the game and give USD the early 1-0 advantage.

In game two, the Cyclones launched a late comeback to even the match at 1-1. San Diego's DeGroot recorded the first point on a kill and that ignited a 5-1 run to open the frame. San Diego was able to hold onto this lead for a while eventually building the lead up to as many as seven at 23-16. The Cyclones then went on a 6-2 run to pull to within two. After an ISU attack error, Iowa State then went on a 6-2 run to tie things up at 28-28. A Degroot kill gave USD game point, but the Cyclones scored three in a row to claim the 31-29 win.

In game three, the Toreros grabbed the first point on a Cyclone attack error, but the Cyclones responded with a 6-2 run to grab the lead and momentum. ISU then used runs of 4-2 and 9-6 to build up a seven-point lead and the Cyclones never looked back as they went on to claim game three 30-19.

In game four, the Toreros would fight back and force a fifth and deciding game with a 30-25 win. Again, USD grabbed the first point on an Abrahamson kill, and an Erin Wiskar service ace gave USD a 2-0 lead. The Cyclones fought back and kept things close in the early going, as they even took a brief lead at 4-3 on a Rachel Williams kill. San Diego then used a 4-3 spurt to regain the lead and momentum. With the score at 11-10 in favor of USD, San Diego put together a 6-0 run sparked by a DeGroot kill and capped on a DeGroot kill to take a commanding 17-10 lead. San Diego never looked back as they cruised their way to victory.

In the final game, both teams kept things close with neither team taking a lead bigger than two in the early going. With the score knotted at 10-10, a long rally took place with USD grabbing the point and momentum on a DeGroot kill. USD would go on to take a 13-10 lead, but could not close out the match as the Cyclones outscored USD 6-1 to capture the match with a 16-14 win.

Stanford - 3
Santa Clara - 0

STANFORD, Calif. - The Santa Clara volleyball team season came to a close Friday night with a intense and hard-fought 3-0 (30-20, 30-28, 30-27) loss to top-seed Stanford in the first round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament. The Broncos finished the season with a 19-12 overall record and their fifth West Coast Conference title.

"I really liked the way we played tonight," said head coach Jon Wallace. "Our players did everything we asked of them from the scouting report to practice to taking the floor tonight and playing their hearts out. Stanford had to beat us for the win tonight."

Junior Brittany Lowe led all players with 20 kills, while freshman Krista Kelley added 12 kills. Junior Taylor O'Brien collected a match-high and personal best 15 digs, while Crystal Matich dished out 45 assists. Lauryn Dowd finished the match first on the team with four total blocks, while sophomore Lindsy Evans has three total blocks.

Stanford jumped to a 2-0 lead on points from Foluke Akinradewo and Alix Klineman, but back-to-back Cardinal errors tied game one for the Broncos, 2-2. Stanford grabbed a one-point edge once again but a kill from Dowd knotted the score once again, 3-3. The teams kept the score tight before a 4-0 run on points from Klineman, Franci Gerard and Cynthia Barboza gave Stanford a 14-6 lead. The Broncos fought hard to tie the score and produced a 5-2 run on a quartet of kills from Kelley and Lowe, 21-15. The Cardinal began to widen the gap once again but a kill from Kelley stopped its run and four straight Bronco points brought the score to 24-19. Santa Clara would only score just one more point on a kill from Kelley and Stanford won the first game, 30-20.

The Cardinal gained an early advantage in the second game as it climbing to a 5-2 lead but the Broncos rallied on points mainly from Lowe to bring the score within one, 9-8. A high-powered attack from Kelley tied the game, 9-9, but Stanford took control of the score once again. The Broncos tried to tie the game but a 7-2 run from the Cardinal made the score, 17-12. Although Stanford held control of the scoreboard, SCU fought hard to chip away at the gap with a 4-1 run on points from Nichole Clark, Lowe, Evans and an ace from Matich to bring the Broncos within two-points, 20-18. Fueled by a pair of kills from Clark and successful attacks from Kim Courtney and Kelley, Santa Clara tied the score 25-25. Yet, Stanford earned the advantage again and won game two, 30-28.

Santa Clara and Stanford battled point-for-point in the beginning of game three as the score was tied seven times. The Broncos gained their first lead of the match on a service ace from Dowd and a kill from Matich, 4-2. The Cardinal broke away on strong service efforts from Franci Girard but the Broncos fought back to produce a 5-0 run to tie the score, 11-11, and create a two-point advantage, 13-11, on points from Lowe, Evans and Dowd. Stanford came back to tie the score, 17-17, but back-to-back kills from Kelley gave SCU the lead once more, 19-17. The Cardinal compiled a 7-1 rally on kills from Akinradewo and Waller, and blocks from Klineman to take control of the scoreboard, 25-21. Two straight Bronco kills from Lowe and Evans halted the Cardinal's run, but Bryn Kehoe answered right back to make the score 26-22. A kill from Girardi brought the match to a close for Stanford, 30-27.