Waves Fall Short in Provo, BYU Remains Undefeated
Jazmine Orozco records fourth-straight double-double in loss to the Cougars.
Sept. 20, 2012
PROVO, Utah – Jazmine Orozco delivered her fourth-straight double-double, but the #14 Pepperdine women’s volleyball team fell short to the undefeated and #16-ranked BYU in the West Coast Conference opener. The Cougars swept the Waves 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-22).
Orozco (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood HS/Illinois), the reigning WCC and NCAA Player of the Week, paced Pepperdine (9-4, 0-1 WCC) with 10 kills and 10 digs. The junior has achieved the kills-digs double-double a team-high six times this season, and has managed the feat an overall eight times in her career.
BYU is now a perfect 13-0 on the season and has been simply dominant versus its opponents, having not dropped a single set since Sept. 1 when the Cougars defeated #21 Tennessee 3-1.
Jennifer Hamson led BYU with 16 kills, followed by Alexa Gray with 13.
The Cougars’ defense was impenetrable in the opening points of set one, and with four blocks took a 9-5 lead to prompt a Pepperdine timeout. After talking things over with head coach Nina Matthies, the Waves scored seven of the next 10 points thanks in part to two kills apiece from both Taylor Racich (Santa Barbara, Calif./Dos Pueblos HS) and Orozco to knot the score at 12. It was a tug-of-war battle the remainder of the set, and neither team was able to expand its lead by more than a point. Tied up at 23, the Cougars came up with clutch kills despite playing out of system to take the opener 25-23.
The Waves responded by taking a 10-5 lead in set two. The Cougars did not let the setback faze them, however, as they slowly dug themselves out of the hole. The momentum then took a dramatic turn in favor of the home team, as BYU went on an impressive 9-0 run. Pepperdine could not find a way to rebuttal, and bowed of set two 25-17.
Pepperdine fell behind 10-15 in the third stanza, but found its offensive rhythm to even the set at 17-all after a Samantha Cash (San Diego, Calif./Canyon Crest Academy) kill. Things started to swing the in the Waves’ favor, and a Cash-Orozco tandem block gave Pepperdine its first lead of the third frame. Similar to set one, the teams battled back and forth until a late surge by BYU sealed the deal for the home team, 25-22.
Cash finished the match with six kills earned on a .364 hitting percentage and four blocks.
The Waves look to rebound from the loss on Saturday, Sept. 22 when they play host to Portland. First serve inside Firestone Fieldhouse is slated for 1 p.m.