Waves Continue Winning Ways with 3-0 Rout vs. Iona

Taylor Racich

Aug 31, 2013

Box Score: Pepperdine 3, Iona Get Acrobat Reader | Final Stats


Aug. 31, 2013

MALIBU, Calif. - Defense was once again the name of the game as the Pepperdine women's volleyball team blanked Iona College 3-0 to improve to 2-0 at the Pepperdine Asics Classic. The Waves were led by Taylor Racich and Jillian Bergeson, who both produced kills-digs double doubles.

Racich (Santa Barbara, Calif./Dos Pueblos HS) led the match with 14 kills and 15 digs. Freshman Bergeson (Friendswood, Texas/Friendswood HS) followed with 11 kills and 11 digs for her first collegiate double double.

Overall, Pepperdine out-dug the Gaels 56-38 which led to a 53-24 advantage in kills.

Kellie Woolever (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS) set her squad to a .367 (53 kills-13 errors-109 attempts) hitting percentage with 41 assists.

Catrina Warren paced Iona with 10 kills. Overall, the visitors were held to a .167 (24-12-101) clip.

The Waves quickly established control in the opening frame, and sprinted out to a 7-4 lead. The Gaels challenged the tournament host, however, and knotted the score up at seven and again at eight after a pair of Pepperdine attack errors. The Waves took back the lead once and for all after Racich sent a kill down, 9-8. The lead expanded with a series of scoring runs, including a 7-1 run featuring back-to-back Samantha Cash (San Diego, Calif./Canyon Crest Academy) service aces to close out the set 25-14.

Racich paced the floor with five kills, followed by Kelley Larsen (Jamul, Calif./Christian HS) with four.

In addition to nine kills on the night, Larsen would end the match as the third Wave to reach double digits in digs with 10.

Pepperdine led nearly from start to finish in set two, save a pair of tie scores in the opening points. Locked at 4-all, Racich sparked a 4-0 run with two consecutive kills. Pepperdine limited the Gaels to just seven kills while chalking 18 themselves to win handily 25-13.

The Waves sprinted out to a commanding 11-3 lead in the third frame and never looked back. Bergeson slammed down the ultimate kill to clinch the set and match 25-16.

Emma Fuzie (Carmel, Calif./Carmel HS) and Gaby Palmeri (Davis, Calif./St. Francis HS) made their first appearances of their collegiate careers in the third set.

The morning session concluded with Wisconsin defeating Delaware 3-0. The Blue Hens and Gaels square off at 5 p.m. in a battle for third place. The Badgers and Waves, both undefeated in the tournament, play at 7:30 p.m. for the championship. Full coverage, including live stats and video can be found at the Tournament Central.



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