#1 Pepperdine Takes Down LMU, 4-1

Sophie Asprey

March 20, 2014

MALIBU, Calif. - The #1 Pepperdine sand volleyball team extended its all-time home record to 10-0 with today's 4-1 triumph over neighboring rival Loyola Marymount. Even more impressive, the Waves have now won 58 of the 68 total matches contested at Zuma Beach.

Sophie Asprey (Southlake, Texas/Liberty Christian School/Tulane) and Victoria Adelhelm (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Santa Fe Christian) made short work of their match against Anne Marie Taylor and Ashley Maxfelt, winning 21-13, 21-10. Adelhelm put down 12 kills while hitting .706, and Asprey picked up 21 digs in the effort.

Katie Messing (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands HS) and Emily Cook (Huntington Beach, Calif./Murrieta Valley HS) made it a 2-0 dual after edging Caitlin DeWitt and Hanna Tedrow in three sets.

Despite trailing for much of the third frame, and by four points as late as 8-12, Messing and Cook made one final push to win 16-14. Messing threw the roof on three times in the final frame, while Cook delivered six kills off of 11 errorless swings to control the tempo.

Becca Strehlow (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS/UCLA) and Lara Dykstra (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union HS/Nebraska) rebounded from their loss vs. a Long Beach State pair on Tuesday with a straight-set triumph today against the Lions. The duo edged Kathleen Luft and Avery Bush 21-19 in the first before rolling to a 21-11 win in set two.



Newly paired Caitlin Racich (Santa Barbara, Calif./Dos Pueblos HS) and Delaney Knudsen (Valencia, Calif./Valencia HS) chalked the Waves' final point of the day, outlasting Rachelle Suaava and Taylor Akana in three sets.

LMU avoided the shutout via Betsi Metter and Litara Keil's three-set triumph at No. 1.

Taylor Racich (Santa Barbara, Calif./Dos Pueblos HS) and Samantha Cash (San Diego, Calif./Canyon Crest Academy) earned a straight-set win, although it did not count towards the overall dual score.

Racich rattled off 11 aces, while Cash finished the afternoon with six blocks en route to a 21-10, 21-16 win against Taylor Scioscia and Alyssa Walton

Pepperdine returns to action next week Tuesday, March 25 when the Waves make the return trip to #2 USC. The Waves defeated the Trojans 5-0 in Malibu back on March 8.

The week continues on March 28-29, when Pepperdine is Atlanta bound for the Sand in the City tournament hosted by Georgia State.

Dual | #1 Pepperdine 4,  Loyola Marymount 1
March 20, 2014 | Malibu, Calif. (Zuma Beach)
No. 1  Betsi Metter/Litara Keil (LMU) def. Kelley Larsen/Kellie Woolever (PEP) 13-21, 21-18, 15-12
No. 2  Lara Dykstra/Becca Strehlow (PEP) def. Kathleen Luft/Avery Bush (LMU) 21-19, 21-11
No. 3  Delaney Knudsen/Caitlin Racich (PEP) def. Rachelle Suaava/Taylor Akana (LMU) 21-19, 19-21, 15-8
No. 4  Emily Cook/Katie Messing (PEP) vs. Caitlin DeWitt/Hannah Tedrow (LMU) 21-17, 20-22, 15-8
No. 5 Sophie Asprey/Victoria Adelhelm (PEP) def. Anne Marie Taylor/Ashley Maxfeldt (LMU) 21-13, 21-10

Extra Match: Samantha Cash/Taylor Racich (PEP) def. Taylor Scioscia/Alyssa Walton (LMU) 21-10, 21-6

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