Aug. 26, 2006
HONOLULU, Hawaii - Even starting five underclassmen, the No. 19 Pepperdine women's volleyball team knows it can play with the nation's elite teams. They proved that in Friday night's near upset of No. 7 Hawaii in Honolulu. Tonight the Waves look to earn a season-series split against the Wahine.
After such a disappointing outcome in the season open last night, Pepperdine assistant coach Tim Jensen does not foresee a let down from this squad.
"Our kids just want to get back out there and play," said Jensen. "They thought they should have won last night, so I don't think getting them up for tonight's match will be an issue at all. We just need to execute a little better than we did last night."
Freshman Rachel Lumsden led all players with 23 kills in her collegiate debut, while Kiah Fiers averaged almost 12 assists per game as the first true freshman to set for Pepperdine since the 1998 season.
The Waves will have to get efforts like Sophomore Julie Rubenstein's career-high six aces - four in game one - to go along with 18 kills and 12 digs for her fifth career double-double.
Said Hawaii head coach Dave Shoji after the match of Rubenstein, "She is an All-American type player. She didn't hit for a real high percentage but she was a factor serving and on defense."
First serve is slated for 10 p.m. (PDT) at the Stan Sheriff Center.