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Pepperdine, LMU Renew Rivalry

Oct. 17, 2006

MALIBU, Calif. -

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The Pepperdine women's volleyball team will look to pick up its third straight West Coast Conference (WCC) victory and first on the road Thursday night when it travels to cross-town rival Loyola Marymount for a 7 p.m. (PDT) first serve.

Pepperdine (8-9, 4-2 WCC) appears to have turned a corner last weekend in turning in convincing sweeps over San Francisco and Saint Mary's. In four conference matches at home, the Waves have yet to drop a game.

"I feel like we got over a hump last weekend," commented Nina Matthies. "We played well defensively and we will need that to continue. Our serving was tremendous last weekend. We didn't get a lot of aces, but we kept our opponents out of system with our serve. Our first ball contact was great which lets us utilize our offensive strengths."

With the end of the season on the horizon, Matthies knows her team must continue to improve in each match if her team is going to make a run at the NCAA Tournament, as it did in 2005.

"Every match is extremely important and the team knows that. No one match has more meaning than another at this point, they are all equally important. We put ourselves in a must-win situation if we want to keep playing in December."

Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount have met 55 times since 1976 with the Waves holding a 39-15 advantage. As members of the WCC, the two schools have met 42 times with Pepperdine posting 30 victories to just 12 losses.

The match is the first of three straight league road matches as the Waves head to Portland and Gonzaga next week.