Waves Knocked Out of NCAAs in Loss to LBSU
Despite a match-high 23 kills by senior outside hitter Julie Rubenstein, #23 Pepperdine suffered a four-set defeat to #24 Long Beach State in the NCAA Tournament's first round at Maples Pavilion.
With the 25-18, 23-25, 15-25, 18-25 loss, the Waves concluded their season with a 20-8 record. The 49ers improved to 26-5 and move on to Saturday’s second round.
Junior outside hitter Rachel Lumsden (
The 49ers finished with advantages in hitting (.278 to .253) and blocks (15.5 to 4.0), plus 13 Pepperdine service errors aided their cause.
The Waves got the match off to an exceptional start, as Lumsden put down three kills and Rubenstein had a service ace as part of a 4-0 run that made the score 7-3. The Pepperdine lead would grow to 9-4 and 11-5. Still with a 12-9 lead, the Waves went on an 8-2 run that featured three Rubenstein kills to make the score 20-11. The 49ers would score four straight points to pull within 21-16, but Pepperdine rebounded with three consecutive kills and eventually closed out the set on a kill by senior middle blocker Cassi Chamberlain (
The pivotal second set featured 17 ties and three lead changes. The final tie was at 23-23, but after a
With momentum in
The fourth set had a similar outcome. It was tied 4-4, but the 49ers began picking up points on their serve and went up 6-4, 8-5, 12-7 and 17-10. It was a four-point deficit at 21-17, but
Pepperdine was making its 20th NCAA Tournament appearance, including the fourth consecutive for seniors Rubenstein, Chamberlain and Caitlin Lawson. Unfortunately, the Waves were beaten in the first round for the third straight season. The Waves also lost to the 49ers in the first round in 2006.