Women's Volleyball Faces Tough Road Trip
Sept. 7, 2005
MALIBU, Calif. -
Player's Challenge Notes
Despite winning the Pepperdine Volleyball Classic team title last weekend, the Pepperdine women's volleyball team fell from the American Coaches Volleyball Association (AVCA) top 25 ranking this week. But that is the least of the team's concerns as the Waves must prepare to travel to Lincoln, Neb., this weekend to take on top-ranked Nebraska, #4 Penn State and Pacific at the Players Challenge Friday-Sunday.
The Waves (2-1) have reason to feel optimist heading into this weekend's action after rebounding from a disappointing 3-2 loss to Cal State Northridge and sweeping then-No. 22 Colorado State. But a pair of top-five teams on the weekend slate in an already sold out Husker Coliseum will provide new challenges for a Pepperdine team still trying to come into its own.
"We are heading in there expecting a great atmosphere," noted senior outside hitter Katy Daly. "Last year we went to Hawaii and the crowd there really got us fired up to play. These are going to he huge matches for us and the better the atmosphere the more it pumps us up and the better we play. There is no better time than now to start playing well because we face great teams throughout conference play so this weekend is like a tune up for league play."
Sophomore Lecca Roberts had a solid start to the season hitting a team-high .486 with 42 kills and 11 blocks in earning the tournament's Most Valuable Player honor. Daly recorded two double-doubles on the weekend, while averaging 3.17 kills per game. A pair of freshmen also opened the collegiate careers with a bang in Julie Rubenstein and Cassi Chamberlain. Runberstein posted a team-leading 51 kills and tied Sophia Milo with a team-high 15 blocks in her first college action and Chamberlain hit at a .295 clip with four service aces in her opening weekend.
Pepperdine will open play on Friday night at 5 p.m. (CST) against unbeaten Nebraska (5-0). Fans can visit www.huskers.com for live feeds from the match. Saturday the Waves will have the task of taking on fourth-ranked Penn State (4-1), first serve is slated for 4 p.m. and in the tournament finale, Pepperdine will take on Pacific (4-2) in a match which will televised on College Sports Television (CSTV) on a two-hour tape delay basis as part of its Sunday Night Spikes programming. Check local listings for coverage in your area.