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Women's Volleyball Sweeps Gonzaga


SPOKANE, Wash. ­Â— Senior outside hitter Julie Rubenstein hit .500 with a match-high 17 kills to lead the #19/24 Pepperdine women’s volleyball team to a 25-18, 25-13, 25-14 victory at Gonzaga in a West Coast Conference match on Saturday afternoon.


The victory for the Waves (19-5, 7-5) was their 24th in a row against the Bulldogs (10-20, 3-10) and they improved to 41-3 all-time in the series.


Rubenstein (Camarillo, Calif./Oaks Christian HS) hit 17-1-32 and also had six blocks. She was the only player on either team to reach double-figures in kills. Junior setter Kiah Fiers (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Peninsula HS) had 34 assists, 11 digs and six kills on seven swings while directing Pepperdine to a .393 team hitting percentage.


Junior outside hitter Rachel Lumsden (Brea, Calif./Brea Olinda HS) had nine kills and five digs, freshman middle blocker Kim Hill (Portland, Ore./Portland Christian HS) had nine kills and a season-high nine blocks and freshman outside hitter Lilla Frederick (Huntington Beach, Calif/Cornelia Connelly HS) had four kills and 10 digs.


The Waves never trailed in the first set, though it was close for a while. Leading 10-9, Pepperdine scored five straight points as Fiers had a kill, a block assist and an assist. Although Gonzaga cut the lead to 15-13, the Waves took a timeout and then scored the next six points to put the set out of reach. Rubenstein, Lumsden and Hill each had a kill and a block during the streak.


Pepperdine didn’t trail in the second set either thanks to a 4-0 start fueled by two Rubenstein kills and a block assist. Five straight points, thanks to a kill and service ace by Rubenstein, a kill and block assist by Lumsden and two block assists by Hill made the score 11-2. Rubenstein would later have four kills and a block assist in a 6-1 run that made the score 21-8.


The Bulldogs took their only lead of the entire match at 1-0 in the third set, but the Waves scored the next three points. The lead grew steadily to 7-2, 13-3 and 19-8 before the match eventually ended on Rubenstein’s third solo block of the afternoon.


Gonzaga was held to a .105 hitting percentage and no one on the team had more than seven kills. Pepperdine had a 13.5-3.0 edge in blocking.


Pepperdine is ranked #19 by Molten/Volleyball Magazine and #24 in the Bison/AVCA poll.


The Waves play their final two home matches of the season and close out WCC play next week against San Francisco (Thursday, Nov. 20) and San Diego (Saturday, Nov. 22). Their final regular-season match is at UCLA on Tuesday, Nov. 25.




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