Waves Display Defensive Dominance in 3-0 vs. Delaware

Katie Messing

Aug 30, 2013

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MALIBU, Calif. – The Pepperdine women’s volleyball team delivered a dominant performance to get the 2013 season underway, shutting out Delaware 3-0 (25-12, 25-7, 25-18) at the Asics Classic. Katie Messing led the Waves with 15 kills, while Ryann Chandler picked up a match-high 21 digs in her collegiate debut.

Sound defense translated into unstoppable offense, as Pepperdine notched 56 digs on the evening and hit at a .360 (46 kills-10 errors-100 attempts) clip. By comparison, the Blue Hens finished in the red with a -.010 (18-19-104) attack percentage behind 37 digs.

Messing (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands HS) earned her match-leading 15 kills at a .382 (15-2-34) success rate. Taylor Racich (Santa Barbara, Calif./Dos Pueblos HS) followed with eight put aways.

Chandler (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) had a stellar freshman debut, protecting the court with 21 digs and countless saves off the block to provide valuable second-chance opportunities for the Waves’ offense.

“I thought tonight was fantastic.” commented head coach Nina Matthies. “We’ve been working really hard on defense in training and it was good to see that translate in our first match tonight.”

Freshman Brooke Honeycutt (Phoenix, Ariz./Desert Vista HS) got the starting call in the middle, and produced five kills on six errorless swings and four blocks. Fellow middle blocker Samantha Cash (San Diego, Calif./Canyon Crest Academy), now a junior, matched Honeycutt’s four blocks and added seven kills.

AVCA All-American Kellie Woolever (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS) managed the offense with 31 assists, while helping her cause with five kills, five digs and pair of rejections.

Messing tallied the first kill of 2013, and Pepperdine continued to roll from there. After Cash pounded home a kill with authority to put the Waves up 6-0, the Blue Hens called for a break in the action.  Although Delaware narrowed the gap with a 7-3 run, Pepperdine came out of a timeout with a momentum-stopping block to take back control.  The Waves closed out the set on a 9-1 run to put the frame in the books, 25-12.

Racich and Cash teamed up to throw the roof on to open set two. Although Chandler Bryant of the Blue Hens nearly put away a kill for the sideout, Kelley Larsen (Jamul, Calif./Christian HS) dug up the ball with a diving effort to set up a Cash kill. The Blue Hens called their second timeout, 17-6, but Messing sent a kill down in front of the 10-foot line on the overpass to extend the Waves’ lead. Everything fell in Pepperdine’s favor the duration of the set, including a Racich dig that fell for a kill on the other side of the net to give the Waves set point. Woolever was credited with a kill to clinch the stanza 25-7.

Monique Domme (Colorado Springs, Colo./Cheyenne Mountain HS) came off the bench to offer defensive support, and collected a pair of digs in her single rotation in the back row. She would work her way into the match once again in set three, and concluded the night with three digs. Jillian Bergeson (Friendswood, Texas/Friendswood HS) also made her debut in the second set, relieving Larsen in the later points or set two.

Delaware came out of the intermission with a new uniform and a renewed outlook, battling to a 9-7 advantage.  Honeycutt took control at the net with a block and a kill to even the score, but the two squads battled back and forth for several points. Tied at 15, the Waves pieced together a 4-1 run to take the largest lead of the frame. The visitors battled back within one, 19-18, but Racich found the open floor with a soft touch kill. Bergeson hand delivered an ace to life the Waves to a 22-18 advantage and served out the set, 25-18.

Larsen made the start on the outside with four kills and six digs in two sets worth of work.

The Waves continue action at the Pepperdine Asics Classic tomorrow, August 31, when they face Iona College at 10 a.m. and Wisconsin at 7:30 p.m. For full coverage, visit the Tournament Central.



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