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No. 20 Pepperdine, No. 9 USC Face off on ESPNU

Sept. 11, 2006

MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine ended Southern California's season last year in the second round of the NCAA tournament by sweeping the Women of Troy on their home court. But Waves' head coach Nina Matthies does not believe Thursday's rematch will be about revenge.

"No I don't think there will be a revenge factor," said Matthies. "Everyone wants to win. I want to win. But I don't think they will be looking for revenge."

This week, Pepperdine (4-4) will face two more difficult challenges as it hosts No. 9 USC and No. 14 Purdue as the final two non-conference matches before West Coast Conference play opens on Thurs., Sept. 28 against Gonzaga.

"We need to use these matches to continue getting better as we get ready for conference play. I really feel like our conference is going to be tough again this season. It will be nice to get to play these two matches this weekend as single matches and not have the tournament feel to them where things can get a little crazy and hectic."

The Waves are coming off a 2-1 weekend and second-place showing at the Golden Bear Invitational.

Seniors Sophia Milo and Kekai Crabbe were selected to the all-tournament team for their efforts, Crabbe earning `defensive standout' accolades.

Thursday night's match is slated for a 7:30 p.m. (PDT) first serve and will air Live on ESPNU. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling the Pepperdine ticket office at (866) WAVE-TIX, or at the gate an hour before the match.