Waves Suffer Loss at Gonzaga
Pepperdine looks to rebound on Saturday, with a 1 p.m. match at Portland.
SPOKANE, Wash. - Despite a season-high 16 kills out of Katie Messing, the Pepperdine women's volleyball team suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Gonzaga. The Waves won the first set, but were unable to carry over any momentum and lost 22-25, 25-14, 25-19, 25-15.
Messing (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands HS) led Pepperdine (6-10, 1-3 WCC) with 16 kills to go along with her nine digs. Gaby Palmeri (Davis, Calif./St. Francis HS) followed with 10 kills while hitting at an efficient .318 (10 kills-3 errors-22 attempts) clip.
Although Palmeri hit over .300, as a team the Waves were hampered by attack errors. Swinging at just a .086 (39-27-139) hitting percentage, Pepperdine simply could not gather any momentum.
Meanwhile, Gonzaga (10-4, 1-2 WCC) hit a solid .259 (56-21-135) while out-blocking the opposition 13-7. Kaylie Loewen and Imani Wimbush both turned in six blocks. On the offensive side, Savannah Blinn paced the Zags with 17 kills.
The match went the Waves' way in the opening set, with Jillian Bergeson (Friendswood, Texas/Friendswood HS) dishing back-to-back-to-back aces to send Pepperdine to a 5-1 lead. Although the Bulldogs recovered from the slow start and narrowed the gap to one point late in the frame, Pepperdine sided its way out to the 25-22 victory.
Bergeson would add three more aces to her stat line in the match to extend her career high to six. She also led the Waves' defense with 15 digs.
The tables turned in set two, with Gonzaga jumping out to a 15-5 lead. Pepperdine lost sets two and three, but finally found a bit of rhythm early in the fourth. After holding a small lead early in set four, the Bulldogs strung together a 7-1 run to overtake the advantage for the final time. The home team secured the set 25-15 for just its fourth win against Pepperdine in program history.
Becca Strehlow (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS) and Chanel Brown (Tempe, Ariz./Valley Christian HS/Arizona) managed the offense with 19 and 13 assists, respectively. Despite the loss, Samantha Cash (San Diego, Calif./Canyon Crest Academy) continued to be a terror at the net and charted four blocks. With 389 career blocks, she is just four roofs shy of overtaking third place in the Pepperdine record book.
The Waves wrap up the weekend with a 1 p.m. match at Portland on Saturday, Oct. 4. Live stats and video coverage will be available.