Milo Led Waves Rout Gonzaga, 3-0
Oct. 22, 2005
MALIBU, Calif. - Saturday night's 30-26, 30-28, 30-25 victory over Gonzaga marked the third consecutive West Coast Conference (WCC) sweep for the Pepperdine women's volleyball team, after downing Loyola Marymount and Portland. The win improved the Waves' record to 12-8 on the season and more importantly 5-2 in conference play tying them for second after the first round of WCC action.
Pepperdine would hold early leads of 2-0 and 7-5 in game one, unable to shake the upstart Bulldogs (10-14, 2-5 WCC). In the game, there would be 11 ties and one lead change when Gonzaga took a 17-15 lead off a service ace and a Wave attack error. A Lacy Bell service error sent Pepperdine on a 4-0 run, recapturing a lead it would never relinquish despite a Bell kill that knotted the game at 22-all. At that point, three straight Bulldog miscues provided the Waves with a 25-22 lead as Katy Daly and Sophia Milo recorded back-to-back kills to close out the game, 30-26.
WCC Player of the Year candidate Milo capped off a stellar first half of league play with a 16-kill, five-block evening, while hitting .787 for the match. Through the first seven WCC contests, the Portland, Ore., native is hitting a conference-best .553 and has hit .600 or better four times. Julie Rubenstein logged a match-high 17 kills in the victory and Breegan Mulligan finished the night with 10 kills, hitting .529.
Gonzaga received 11 kills from Becky Jones and eight from Heather Dunn as the team hit just .168, including a match-low .057 in game two.
Game two saw the Waves jump out to a 4-1 lead, only to find the game knotted at 14-14 after a Jones kills. But a Milo kill was followed by a pair of Rubenstein kills as Pepperdine shot off on a 16-4 run to take a 2-0 lead into the lockerroom.
A Cassi Chamberlain kill in game three gave the Waves a four-point lead, 8-4, but Gonzaga refused to quit and kept the game close throughout. A Jones service ace evened the game at 17-17, but Pepperdine was able to get the lead back to five in the waning moments before completing the sweep, 30-25.
The Waves will open the second half of league play Friday night in Santa Clara at 5 p.m. (PT) before heading to San Diego for a 7 p.m. first serve against the Toreros.