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Waves Turn Focus to Pilots

Sept. 29, 2006

MALIBU, Calif. - After sweeping Gonzaga Thursday night in the West Coast Conference (WCC) opener, the No. 23-ranked Pepperdine women's volleyball team now turns its sights on the Portland Pilots who travel to Malibu, Calif., Saturday afternoon for a 1 p.m. (PDT) first serve.

Loyola Marymount, San Diego and Saint Mary's all joined the Waves (5-6, 1-0 WCC) in picking up victories on the first night of conference play, but Pepperdine head coach Nina Matthies is not interested in what other teams are doing as her focus remains on her squad.

"All we care about is the Waves," notes the 24-year veteran. "We need to continue to take care of business in the West Coast Conference. Our goal is to go 14-0 in conference and to do that we have to take care of business every match. All league matches are equally important. A win is a win and a loss is a loss. They all count the same, whether we are at home or on the road."

Pepperdine will look to extend its current 22-match win streak over Portland in the first meeting of the season between the two teams. The Waves are also 19-0 at home against the Pilots. Saturday's match will wrap up Pepperdine's current four-match home stand as the team heads to San Diego and Santa Clara next weekend.