CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- The Pepperdine women’s volleyball team posted four-game victories over Marshall and West Virginia on Saturday to claim its third tournament victory of the season at the Blue/Green Classic in Huntington and Charleston, W.Va.
The Waves (8-4) began the day with a 23-30, 30-26, 30-13, 30-18 win over Marshall (6-7) and ended it with a 30-17, 28-30, 30-15, 30-17 victory over West Virginia (8-4). The Waves went 3-0 in the Blue/Green Classic and captured their third tournament win of the season after they posted wins at the Arkansas Clarion Inn Invitational and the 2007 Asics Classic, hosted by Pepperdine.
“It’s a great way to go into conference play,” Pepperdine Assistant Coach Tim Jensen said. “Our team maturity is starting to show, and we’re going to be crisp and ready for conference play.”
In the morning match against Marshall, the Waves dropped game one 30-23 despite outhitting the Thundering Herd .353 to .333. In game two, the Waves responded with a 30-26 victory after limiting Marshall to a .085 hitting percentage. Pepperdine took control in games three and four, posting 30-13 and 30-18 wins, respectively. Sophomore outside hitter Rachel Lumsden (Brea, Calif./Brea Olinda HS) recorded her fourth double-double on the season with 20 kills and 14 digs, and hit .447 for the match.
Pepperdine hit .345 for the match, while Marshall hit .100.
“The team and their fans were ready,” Jensen said. “It was the biggest game of the year for them. They played amazing in game one, and we hung in there and were able to break it open in game two, and that really broke their backs. We made some adjustments at the break and the girls played with maturity and they kept pressing and pressing in the last two games.”
In the final match of the tournament, the Waves held the Mountaineers to a .027 hitting percentage in game one en route to a 30-17 victory. West Virginia countered with a 30-28 win in game two after hitting .250 as a team. The Waves responded by closing out the match with 30-15 and 30-17 victories in games three and four to record the tournament win. Lumsden posted her fifth double-double of the season with 12 kills and 18 digs, while sophomore setter Kiah Fiers (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Peninsula HS) notcher her sixth double-double of the season with 51 assists and 11 kills.
Pepperdine hit .279 for the match, while West Virginia hit .056.
“We came out hot and just rolled on them,” Jensen said. “They responded and won a tough game two, but we talked during the break and kept pressing and really stuck in to them in games three and four.”
Lumsden was named Tournament MVP after compiling 37 kills and hitting .325 for the tournament. Fiers and junior middle blocker Cassi Chamberlain (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood HS) were also named to the All-Tournament Team. Fiers recorded 154 assists, 20 kills and 25 digs for the tournament, while Chamberlain notched 25 kills and 11 block assists.
Notably, senior outside hitter Julie Rubenstein (Camarillo, Calif./Oaks Christian HS) recorded her 1,000th career kill during the West Virginia match, a day after notching her 500th career dig against Akron. Rubenstein led all Waves players with 43 kills for the tournament, and also registered 30 digs.
Up next, the Waves host Loyola Marymount in their WCC conference opener Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. PT.