Sept. 5, 2006
MALIBU, Calif. -
The 18th-ranked Pepperdine women's volleyball team is riding a two-match win streak into this weekend's Golden Bear Invitational at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif. After gaining a share of the Asics Classic title last weekend, the Waves are looking to continue picking up victories during a two-week stretch which will see Pepperdine face three teams ranked inside the top 15.
The margin for error will be small between now and the West Coast Conference opener on Thurs., Sept. 28 against Gonzaga, but she also knows this year's squad is special.
"When we pass well, we are a good team," says head coach Nina Matthies. "We need to shore up a few things and work on being more consistent. The team needs to find its rhythm, which I feel like it started to in the last three games against Cal Poly. With four newcomers on the floor everything is new right now."
The Waves have already played three five-game matches this season and could be looking at a 4-1 record had they been able to close out the first two matches of the season at then-No. 7 Hawaii. In the final match of last weekend's tournament, Pepperdine rallied back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat Cal Poly in a sign that maybe the team is starting to gel and learning how to win.
Pepperdine is scheduled to face American (4-2) Friday night at 4:30 p.m. (PDT). On Saturday, the Waves will face Colorado State (4-2) at noon before wrapping up the tournament against No. 13 Cal (6-0) at 7:30 p.m.