Waves Sweep Owls, Panthers on Opening Day of FIU Surf and Turf Tournament

Lara Dykstra

March 29, 2013

MIAMI – The #1 Pepperdine women’s sand volleyball team was simply dominant during the opening day of the FIU Surf and Turf Tournament on the campus of Florida International. The Waves first swept Florida Atlantic before shutting out the #6-ranked Panthers.

Pepperdine, 8-0 on the season, opened the tournament versus Florida Atlantic and won all five matches in straight sets.

Lilla Frederick (Huntington Beach, Calif./Cornelia Connelly HS) and Kim Hill (Portland, Ore./Portland Christian HS) were untouchable in the No. 1 match, downing Alessia Pizzoccheri and Jelena Jovanovic 21-6, 21-7.

The Waves’ No. 2-5 duos were equally as impressive and allowed on average less than 11 points per set.

In the second match of the day vs. tournament host and #6-ranked FIU, the Waves defeated the home team 5-0. Pepperdine opened the 2013 season vs. the Panthers at Zuma Beach on March 13 and emerged victorious by the same score.

Kelley Larsen (Jamul, Calif./Christian HS) and Kellie Woolever (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS) remain undefeated at 10-0 after dispatching Camila Rosado and Jessica Gehrke 21-9, 23-21.

Caitlin Racich (Santa Barbara, Calif./Dos Pueblos HS) and Lara Dykstra (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union HS/Nebraska) rebounded from their loss on Tuesday at USC with a 21-14, 21-18 triumph over Jessica Mendoza and Maryna Samoday from the No. 2 spot in the lineup.

Victoria Adelhelm (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Santa Fe Christian) and Taylor Racich (Santa Barbara, Calif./Dos Pueblos HS), playing in just their third match together, topped Maria Coukoulis and Laura Duffy in straight sets. Adelhelm had a solid day defensively, totaling eight blocks across the two matches. Racich added eight aces on Friday.



Although Emily Cook (Huntington Beach, Calif./Murrieta Valley HS) and Katie Messing (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodland HS) dropped their first set vs. Emily Podscheweit and Tina Toghyani the Pepperdine pair held on to win 21-17 and 20-18 in the second and third frames.

Playing together for the first time, Jazmine Orozco (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood HS/Illinois) and Lauren Sieckmann (Omaha, Neb./Elkhorn South HS/Wayne State College) beat Elly Citron and Bridget Keller 21-12, 21-5 in an extra match that did not count towards the overall dual score.

The Waves continue action at the FIU Surf and Turf Tournament tomorrow, March 29, vs. Georgia State and Tulane. The action will move from the campus of Florida International to Fort Lauderdale Beach.

Dual | #1 Pepperdine 5, Florida Atlantic 0
March 29, 2013 | Miami, Fla.

No. 1  Lilla Frederick-Kim Hill (PEP) def. Alessia Pizzoccheri-Jelena Jovanovic (FAU) 21-6, 21-7
No. 2  Lara Dykstra-Caitlin Racich (PEP) def. Isabelle Arboleda-Megan Evans (FAU)  21-11, 21-11
No. 3  Kelley Larsen-Kellie Woolever (PEP) def. Darija Sataric-Danielle Lefebvre (FAU) 21-10, 21-12
No. 4  Victoria Adelhelm-Taylor Racich (PEP) def. Megan Knapp-Alisha Noble (FAU) 21-7, 21-10
No. 5  Emily Cook-Katie Messing (PEP) def. Jennifer St. Sume-Nicole Pombrio (FAU) 21-14, 21-10

Dual | #1 Pepperdine 5, #6 Florida International 0
March 29, 2013 | Miami, Fla.

No. 1 Kim Hill/Lilla Frederick (PEP) def. Kate Stepanova/Ksenia Sukhareva (FIU) 23-21, 21-11
No. 2 Caitlin Racich/Lara Dykstra (PEP) def. Jessica Mendoza/Maryna Samoday (FIU) 21-14, 21-18
No. 3 Kelley Larsen/Kellie Woolever (PEP) def. Camila Rosado/Jessica Gehrke (FIU) 21-9, 23-21
No. 4 Victoria Adelhelm/Taylor Racich (PEP) def. Maria Coukoulis/Laura Duffy (FIU) 21-12, 21-8
No. 5 Emily Cook/Katie Messing (PEP) def. Emily Podscheweit/Tina Toghyani (FIU) 13-21, 21-17, 20-18

Extra Match
Jazmine Orozco/Lauren Sieckmann (PEP) def. Elly Citron/Bridget Keller (FIU) 21-12, 21-5

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