Pepperdine Upsets No. 12 USC With 3-0 Sweep In NCAA Second Round

Dec. 3, 2005

LOS ANGELES --- Julie Rubenstein led with a team-high 18 kills Saturday as the Pepperdine Waves upset the No. 12 USC Women of Troy, 3-0 (30-28, 30-28, 30-23), in the second round of the 2005 NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament. Pepperdine will face Santa Clara, who upset host Stanford, in the third round next weekend.

Pepperdine improves to 19-11 on the season while USC finishes the season with a 17-11 record.

Senior Bibiana Candelas closed out her USC career with 17 kills and a .326 hitting performance (17-2-46). Libero Debora Seilhamer set another USC school record with 30 kills, the most ever in a three-game contest.

The Waves limited the Women of Troy to a .151 hitting performance. Katy Daly had 13 kills and 13 digs for the Waves.

Pepperdine jumped out to an early 9-2 lead in the first game before USC rallied to tie the game at 24 apiece. The Waves, however, used a 4-1 streak to take the lead and eventually earn the win.

In game two, Pepperdine again pulled away with the score tied at 24 and broke away with a 23-21 lead in the third game to secure the sweep.

2005 NCAA WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENTSecond Round - Los Angeles, Calif. - Lyon Center

PEPP 30-30-30USC 28-28-23

Records: Pepperdine (19-11), USC (17-11)Kills: Julie Rubenstein 18 (PEPP), Bibiana Candelas 17 (USC)

PEPP USC1 .234 .1952 .125 .1293 .312 .143Match .219 .151

POST-MATCH QUOTESUSC head coach Mick Haley

'We are extremely disappointed. We had fought through adversity all season long, but we just could not finish it. We errored ourselves out of the match tonight. I thought we had our chances in the first two games.'

'Our seniors have carried us all year long. We had a great effort from Debora Seilhamer, who is a special player.'

'(Pepperdine) just wanted it a little more than we did tonight. Their coaching staff deserves a lot of credit.'

USC senior outside hitter Staci Venski

'I was frustrated with myself tonight. I was just trying to figure out how to get the ball through.'

USC senior middle blocker Bibiana Candelas

'I'm really proud of what we did this season. We got better every day.'

Pepperdine head coach Nina Matthies

'We are pretty happy campers right now. I thought we prepared hard, knowing what a great team USC was. I'm proud of how our team executed tonight.'

'I think physically we have a team that can compete. We were up and down all season, but I thought we could be here. We had a tough schedule and had not really gelled until we reached the tournament.'

Pepperdine setter Melissa Mehlhorn

'I think after last night (win against No. 22 BYU), we knew we just had to play hard in order to win.'

Pepperdine outside hitter Julie Rubenstein

'We are playing at the top of our game right now.'

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