Waves Fall to Colorado State 3-1 in Pepperdine Invitational Finale
Messing, Cash and Racich voted to Pepperdine Invitational All-Tournament team.
Sep 7, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. – The undefeated Colorado State women’s volleyball team proved to be too much for Pepperdine in the finale of the Pepperdine Invitational, defeating the Waves by a score of 3-1 (25-20, 25-20, 23-25, 25-23).
Pepperdine (4-2) was represented on the all-tournament team by Katie Messing (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands HS), Samantha Cash (San Diego, Calif./Canyon Crest Academy) and Taylor Racich (Santa Barbara, Calif./Dos Pueblos HS).
Messing was solid for Pepperdine all weekend long, opening the tournament with a career-high 18 kills vs. UC Santa Barbara. She followed that up with 17 kills against Virginia before pounding down 11 vs. the Rams tonight. Overall, she averaged a team-best 3.83 kills/set.
Racich wasn’t far behind with 3.00 kills/set while hitting .342 (36 kills-11 errors-73 attempts).
Dominating the defensive front was Cash, who averaged a staggering 1.67 blocks/set, including a career-best eight-block performance vs. the Cavaliers earlier today.
Tonight against Colorado State (6-0), Pepperdine was hindered by attack errors and mustered just a .195 (57-26-159) team hitting percentage. The Rams trumped that with a .329 (62-16-140) clip.
Kelley Larsen (Jamul, Calif./Christian HS) tallied 15 kills and 11 digs for her third-consecutive double-double.
After trailing by as much as six points in the early going of the match, the Waves cut the deficit to one, 10-11. The momentum shift was halted short by the Rams’ tireless back-court defense, and the visitors went on to win 25-20. CSU out-dug Pepperdine 18-12 in the frame, including seven pick-ups courtesy of Jaime Colaizzi. The Waves’ offense was paced by Brooke Honeycutt (Phoenix, Ariz./Desert Vista HS), who put down four kills.
Colorado State continued to look strong in the second frame, jumping to a 17-8 advantage. The Waves never quit, however, and made a solid threat to the Rams’ hold on the lead. Down 20-11, Racich dished a high velocity serve that the Colorado State serve receive sent right back over the net. Messing was waiting and shot the ball straight back down with authority. The play sparked an 8-1 run that brought Pepperdine back within two. Unfortunately for the Waves, Colorado State got back on track and sided out their way to a 25-20 triumph.
A back-and-forth battle was in store in set three, as Pepperdine gave everything it had in order to extend the match. Colorado State stole the lead from the Waves late, 17-19, but Ryann Chandler (Del Mar, Calif./Torey Pines HS) served her team to five-consecutive points to reclaim the advantage. The Rams lingered and even killed off a pair of set points, but Messing clinched the frame, 25-23, with a kill at the end of a marathon rally.
Larsen dominated the offense with seven kills in the set.
Pepperdine fell behind in the fourth stanza 5-10, but clawed its way back point-by-point. Racich tacked down a kill, followed by a pair of consecutive aces to bring the Waves within two, 11-13. Kills by Cash and Larsen, followed by a tandem block credited to Becca Strehlow (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS) and Larsen tipped the scales back in the home team’s favor. This time it was the Rams’ turn to fight back, as they knotted the score at 18, 19 and again at 20.
A Chandler ace pushed Pepperdine two points ahead, 22-20, but yet again, CSU knotted the score at 22. Locked at 23, Marlee Reynolds sent down a kill to give CSU its first match point. After a marathon rally, featuring a combined 11 total attack attempts, Reynolds cashed in once again to clinch the match 25-23.
Setter Deedra Foss was voted the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and was joined by Samantha Peters and Michelle Lawrence on the all-tournament team.
The Waves hit the road for the first time in 2013 next weekend, Sept. 13-14, when they take on Kentucky and Louisville at the Blue Grass Battle in Lexington, Ky.