Pepperdine Routs Gonzaga, 3-0, Thursday Night
Nov. 17, 2005
Nov. 17, 2005
MALIBU, Calif. - Gonzaga has proven to be a formidable foe this season when at home in West Coast Conference (WCC) play, defeating Saint Mary's and taking both San Francisco and Santa Clara to five games. But there would be no suspense in a rare Thursday-night conference match as the Pepperdine Waves moved into sole possession of second place in the conference race with a 3-0 (30-15, 30-23, 30-16) sweep over the Bulldogs.
Pepperdine came out swinging in game one, racing out to a 12-6 lead on .389 hitting, and forced the Bulldogs into a quick timeout. The Waves would extend their lead to 11 at 22-11 when Gonzaga stopped play for the second time in the opening game. Pepperdine would go on to seal the victory with a 4-0 run. In the opening frame, the Waves hit .356, led by Julie Rubenstein's six kills on nine swings and forced Gonzaga into nine errors and .000 hitting.
Pepperdine (16-11, 9-4 WCC) was paced by the play of freshman Julie Rubenstein who recorded 16 kills on .484 hitting with three blocks. Sophia Milo and Katy Daly tacked on 12 kills each as the Waves logged 59 kills in the three games. Daly chipped in with 11 digs for her fifth-consecutive double-double and Caitlin Lawson ended the evening with a match-best 17 digs. As a team, Pepperdine recorded 14 blocks.
Gonzaga's (10-20, 2-11 WCC) Becky Jones led all players with 17 kills, but no other Bulldog had more than six kills.
Gonzaga started the second game where it left off in the first. The Waves scored nine of the first 11 points in the frame with four kills on eight swings and held the Bulldogs to minus .125 hitting, when Gonzaga called for a timeout. The Bulldogs would manage to climb back in the game, cutting the Pepperdine lead down to one at 23-22 when Nina Matthies called a timeout to regroup her squad. The Waves responded with a 7-1 run to close out the game and take a 2-0 lead in the match.
Out of the intermission, the Waves continued to apply pressure offensively by scoring the first six points of game three. Pepperdine maintained its six-point lead over Gonzaga as the teams traded sideouts to 16-10. A Bulldog service error started the Waves on a 9-0 run, sending the Waves on to their 14th sweep in the last 15 meetings against Gonzaga.
Pepperdine will conclude its 2005 regular season Saturday night when it travels to Portland, Ore., to take on the Pilots. First serve is slated for 7 p.m. (PDT). The match will be Portland's senior night.