Oct. 30, 2001
MALIBU, CA - Despite nearly extending the match to four games, the UCLA women's volleyball team fell to No. 13 Pepperdine3-0 on Tuesday night. Game scores were 30-25, 30-25, 34-32. With the loss, the Bruins fall to 11-6, while the Waves improve to 16-3.
In game one, the teams played a back-and-forth match, with the Waves taking an early 7-4 lead before the Bruins stormed back with four straight points to go ahead 8-7. From there, neither team took more than a one point lead prior to the last tie of the match, at 22-22. Pepperdine then put together two three-point runs to take a 27-23 lead before putting away the game by a 30-25 margin.
Game two was also closely fought early, and the Bruins had the score tied as late as 18-18 before the Waves put together six straight points behind the service of Melissa Snow to go up 24-18, eventually putting the game away with a 30-25 score.
The Bruins came out with a different starting lineup in game three, with head coach Andy Banachowski putting Brittany Ringel in place of Heather Cullen. UCLA built a 27-24 lead and served for the game at 29-27. The Waves continued to fight back, tying the game at 29-29, and would for the match at 31-30 and 32-31 before converting with a kill from Stacy Rouwenhorst for the 34-32 win.
"We had a few breakdowns tonight, especially with their short serves," said Banachowski. "We played better in game three, but we had some critical errors at the end of the game."
For the second consecutive match, senior Ashley Bowles and junior Lauren Fendrick finished with identical kill totals, this time with 14 apiece. Angela Eckmier also finished with double-figure kills, hitting .556 with 12 kills to go along with two solo blocks and two block assists.
The Bruins return to Pauley Pavilion this weekend with matches against Washington State on Friday and Washington on Sunday. Both matches are scheduled for 7 pm starts and will be broadcast live on www.uclabruins.com.