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No. 23 Pepperdine Looks to Separate from WCC Pack

Oct. 3, 2006

Malibu, Calif. -

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Just a week into West Coast Conference (WCC) play it is hard to imagine playing in a `must-win' match, but a pair of road victories for the No. 23-ranked Pepperdine women's volleyball team this weekend against No. 22 San Diego (11-4, 2-0 WCC) and No. 12 Santa Clara (11-3, 1-1 WCC) would put them in the driver's seat for an 11th conference title.

"I don't know that this weekend's matches are a `must-win'," notes head coach Nina Matthies. "With our non-conference schedule and record we need to win as many conference matches as we can so we are able to keep playing in the postseason. We are going to come out and compete for two matches this weekend and in a worst-case we need to earn a split. One loss this early in conference play isn't going to kill us."

In the Waves' favor is senior Sophia Milo's play against ranked opponents this season. The Portland, Ore., native is hitting at a team-leading .373 clip against teams ranked in the CSTV/AVCA rankings and will look to keep competing at a high level this weekend. Going against Pepperdine is its 0-6 record in those matches.

First serve against the Toreros is slated for 7 p.m. (PDT) at the Jenny Craig Pavilion, while Saturday's match against the Broncos is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Leavey Center.