Wave's Season Ended by Santa Clara, 3-0
Dec. 10, 2005
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Pepperdine battled back from 10-points down in game one, using a 17-6 run to take a 27-26 lead in the game but was unable to take a 1-0 lead in its third-round match of the NCAA Tournament against Santa Clara. The Waves, who had played with a lead the majority of the postseason, found the road much harder to navigate when playing catch-up as they were swept by the Broncos to bring the 2005 campaign to a close Friday night in Palo Alto, Calif.
Freshman Julie Rubenstein's 11 kills led Pepperdine (19-12), while sophomore Lecca Robert's 10 kills was second on the team that hit .212 for the match.
Pepperdine, who had enjoyed early leads in each of its first two matches in the postseason, fell behind by seven, 11-4, to open its regional semi-final. The Bronco lead would reach as many as 10, 20-10, before the Waves began to shake off its early-game jitters. As Lecca Roberts toed the service-line, Matthies told her sophomore, "We need a run here." Roberts responded by cutting a 21-12 Santa Clara lead to just three points, 21-18. Despite the timely Pepperdine run, the Broncos were able to maintain their lead, but only momentarily. With Melissa Mehlhorn serving and the Waves down by four, 26-22, Pepperdine would use a 6-0 run to take its first lead of the night, 27-26.
The Waves were the team on the quick strike in game two and opened a 4-1 lead. The Broncos closed the gap and the teams were tied at 7-, 8- and 9-all before Santa Clara captured its first lead in the game, 10-9. The Broncos extended their lead to four, 14-10, with a 5-1 run. Pepperdine closed the gap to one at 16-15 with a Roberts kill. But SCU answered with a 4-0 run and a 20-15 advantage. The Waves pulled back to within three, 20-17, but that would be as close as Pepperdine would get despite hitting at a .351 clip for the game.
Game three started out all Santa Clara as Pepperdine was down by six after the first ten points of the game. The Broncos opened the game with six kills on seven swings, compared to the Waves' two kills, two errors on eight swings. Coming out of Pepperdine's first timeout of the game, the Waves committed an error before starting to chip away at the seven-point Bronco lead. A 3-0 Wave run made the score 9-5, Santa Clara. But an 8-2 Santa Clara run put Pepperdine in a hole it would never get out of as the Broncos advanced to the fourth round of the NCAA Tournament.
Anna Cmaylo's 14 kills led all players, while Annalisa Muratore and Cassie Perret chipped in with 13 and 11, respectively.