Aug. 30, 2008
Fullerton, Calif. - Pepperdine (3-0) swept Cal State Fullerton (2-1) 3-0 to win the Radisson Suites Buena Park Volleyball Classic behind Julie Rubenstein's 18-kill attack and a Pepperdine aerial attack percentage of .311 Saturday in Titan Gym.
For her efforts, Rubenstein earned the tournament's MVP honor following the completion of the tournament, and Pepperdine's first visit to Titan Gym since 1985.
The Waves completed the sweep by game scores of 25-21, 25-13, 25-18 and outhit the Titans in each of the three sets.
Brittany Moore did her best to lead the Titan offense, pulling in a team-high 10 kill. It was her third consecutive double-double, also pulling in 14 digs to lead the team. Sarah Day (7) and Erin Saddler (6) trailed behind Moore in kills, but did not reach double figures.
Day and Saddler each picked up a service ace, but nine service errors by the Titans proved costly, including three in set one and four in set 3.
Saddler and Francisco both notched a pair of block assists to lead Fullerton's net defense, but Pepperdine's Rachel Lumsden had a part in four blocks to lead all players as the Waves went on to out-block Fullerton 7.0 to 3.0.
Moore and Day were selected to the all-tournament team, as were Pepperdine's Cassi Chamberlain, Stevi Robinson and Rubenstein.
The Titans next competition will be next weekend at the UNLV tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada, where they are set to face Miami (Ohio), Wisconsin and UNLV.
All three Titan matches will be broadcast live on fullertontitans.com with broadcaster Patrick Alog calling the action.
THE 4:30 MATCH: Branagan Fuller recorded 10 kills and picked up 12 digs as UNC Greensboro swept Delaware 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-21) to pick up their first win of the 2008 season. Delaware falls to 0-3 despite a 10-kill performance from Katie Dennehy.U posted nine service aces including three from the match-leader Kimiko Naito.
Radisson Suites Buena Park Volleyball Classic
1. MVP - Julie Rubenstein - Pepperdine
2. Cassi Chamberlain - Pepperdine
3. Stevi Robinson - Pepperdine
4. Sarah Day - Cal State Fullerton
5. Brittany Moore - Cal State Fullerton
6. Catherine Hanners - UNC Greensboro
7. Stephanie Barry - Delaware