Sept. 26, 2006
MALIBU, Calif. -
Pepperdine women's volleyball head coach Nina Matthies would have liked to pick off a ranked team or two leading into West Coast Conference (WCC) but with league play starting this weekend, her team's focus is on Gonzaga and Portland as the Waves look to get off on the right foot to conference play.
"I always take the week before conference off," said the all-time WCC victories leader. "I like to have this time to regroup, take care of school and go over what we have been doing. The bye week also gives us a chance to get healthy and focus on the conference schedule."
No. 23 Pepperdine (4-6) opens conference play Thursday night against Gonzaga in Firestone Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. (PDT). The Waves are 35-3 all-time against the Bulldogs and have not lost a home match in 19 tries. Saturday, Pepperdine hosts Portland in the last of a four-match home stand. The Waves are 36-2 all-time against the Pilots and 19-0 at home.
Senior Sophia Milo (Portland, Ore) is having an All-American type season, hitting a team-high .399, including .373 in six matches against ranked teams.
The Waves were picked second in the preseason coach's poll.