Pepperdine Falls to San Francisco in Five Sets
Katie Messing extends single-match best to 20 kills.
Sept. 21, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. – Although the Pepperdine women’s volleyball team got off to a good start, the sound passing of San Francisco lifted the Dons to victory 3-2.
Set scores for the contest were 16-25, 25-22, 24-26, 25-14, 15-6.
Katie Messing (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands HS) eclipsed the 20 kills milestone for the first time in her career with an even 20 today. Kelley Larsen (Jamul, Calif./Christian HS) was right behind her with 16 kills, followed by Samantha Cash (San Diego, Calif./Canyon Crest Academy) with 12.
Larsen also collected 11 digs for her fourth double-double of the year.
The Waves (6-4, 0-2 West Coast Conference) struggled to find their offensive rhythm, despite the coaching staff’s best effort to tweak the lineup throughout the match.
Becca Strehlow (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS) was the starting setter on record, with 35 assists and 18 digs. Kellie Woolever (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS), who initially entered the match for defensive support, eventually shared the setting duties and even saw a few rotations as a front row hitter. She ended the day with 11 assists, 16 digs and four kills.
Libero Jillian Bergeson (Friendswood, Texas/Friendswood HS) also earned an assists-digs double-double with 21 digs and 10 assists. It was the second-straight match the freshman tallied at least 20 digs.
Overall, the Dons (5-7, 1-1 WCC) edged the Waves in hitting percentage, .223 (59 kills-19 errors-179 attempts) to .200 (36-128-175). Pepperdine in turn picked up 80 digs to USF’s 78.
San Francisco held a distinct advantage in serving, dishing out nine aces while only missing seven times. Pepperdine countered with just three aces – two of which were courtesy of Monique Domme (Colorado Springs, Colo./Cheyenne Mountain HS).
Valentina Zaloznki was the offensive hero for USF, pounding down 22 kills while hitting .409 (22-4-44). The middle hitter also paced her team with six blocks. Rebecca Kipilovitch, the 2012 WCC Co-Defensive Player of the Year, help her team’s cause with 19 digs.
Brooke Honeycutt (Phoenix, Ariz./Desert Vista HS) led defense at the net for Pepperdine with a season-high six blocks.
The Waves are on the road next week, making stops at Portland (9/26) and Gonzaga (9/28). Pepperdine returns home on Thursday, Oct. 3 to face BYU, live on ESPNU.