All-Conference Trio Powers UCLA Past Pepperdine
November 25, 1998
Los Angeles - In yet another exciting night of women's volleyball action in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA's trio of All-Pac-10 selections powered the No. 15 ranked Bruins to a 3-2 (7-15, 15-11, 15-8, 11-15, 15-13) victory over Pepperdine in the regular-season finale tonight. UCLA improved its overall record to 15-11 while Pepperdine suffered its first loss during the month of November and dropped to 17-10 overall.
One of a pair of UCLA freshman to claim all-Pac-10 honors, Kristee Porter drilled a match-high 33 kills as she notched 30-plus kills for the fourth time and also tied her career-high with seven blocks. Fellow UCLA rookie and All-Pac- 10 choice Ashley Bowles collected 17 kills and tied for the team-high with 14 digs. The Bruins' third All-Pac-10 selection Elisabeth Bachman led all hitters with a .385 attack percentage as she totaled 14 kills and also reached double figures with a match-high 11 blocks. An honorable mention All-Freshman pick, setter Erika Selsor provided 59 assists and also added 14 digs. Sophomore Michelle Quon added 12 digs and senior Chaska Potter 11 digs to go along with four blocks. Sophomore Amy Nihipali added eight kills and four blocks and senior Mandi Lawson collected seven digs.
Pepperdine was also led by a freshman as Lindsay Phillips drilled a team- best 24 kills and totaled 14 digs. Junior Jamie Hill added 18 kills, senior Kristin Lee chipped in 13 kills and a match-high 22 digs and senior Anna Witkowski totaled 12 kills and five blocks for the Waves.
Pepperdine claimed game one 15-7, but UCLA rallied to take the next two games 15-11 and 15-8. The Waves pulled away from an eight-all tie in game four to win 15-11 and even the match at two games a piece. In the decisive game five, Pepperdine scored the first two points and UCLA the next two to set the pace. Pepperdine's biggest lead in the game was two points (at 6-4 and 7-5). UCLA's biggest advantage came at 13-10, but Pepperdine came back to make it 13-12. Porter had kept the Bruins in the game early on with six of her match-high 33 kills, but it was Bowles who came through down the stretch with the final four kills as UCLA won 15-13.
Both teams now await the announcement of NCAA Tournament bids at 5:30 (PT) Sunday, Nov. 29 each hoping for an at-large selection.
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