Pepperdine Drops 3-1 Decision to BYU
Samantha Cash matches a career high with eight blocks tonight vs. the Cougars.
Oct. 3, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. - Samantha Cash of the Pepperdine women's volleyball team sent home a season high 13 kills and tied a career best with eight blocks, but in the end it was not enough to get past West Coast Conference frontrunner BYU. The Waves fell in four sets to the Cougars, 25-20, 25-21, 16-25, 25-16.
Both teams had a solid night at the net, going block-for-block with one another with 11 apiece. Cash (San Diego, Calif./Canyon Crest Academy) led all players with eight to bring her season average up to 1.41 blocks per set.
The junior entered the match ranked 25th in the NCAA for her blocks average, and will likely move up into the top-20 after tonight.
Cash had an impressive evening on offense as well, nailing down 13 kills off of a .478 (13 kills-2 errors-23 attempts) hitting percentage.
Overall, the Waves hit .169 (54-26-166) on the evening as they fall to 8-5 on the season and 2-3 in WCC matches. The Cougars meanwhile swung at a .222 (54-20-153) clip and improve to 11-3 and an undefeated 4-0 in the league.
Alexa Gray paced BYU's offense with 17 kills, while libero Ciara Parker picked up a career-best 26 digs.
Matching Cash's kill total was Kelley Larsen (Jamul, Calif./Christian HS), who also posted 13.
Katie Messing (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands HS) collected 20 digs, shattering her previous career high of 12. The junior outside hitter also managed her third double-double of the year with 11 kills.
Jillian Bergeson (Friendswood, Texas/Friendswood HS) reached the 20 digs plateau for the third time this season, while Becca Strehlow (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS) finished the night with 45 assists and 12 digs.
Despite a neck-in-neck start, the Cougars made a 7-1 run midway through that the Waves were unable to fully recover from. Although Pepperdine fought back within one at 14-15, BYU claimed the first set 25-20.
Cash was credited with an incredulous five blocks in the first frame alone.
The middle blocker continued her dominance at the net, chalking three more blocks in set two. Although the Waves held a small lead in the first half of the set, the Cougars came on strong late and went ahead, 20-18. Strong defense at the net lifted BYU to the win, 25-21.
Pepperdine was in firm control of set three, building a 19-13 lead behind a well-balanced offensive effort. Six players in total earned at least one kill, led by three apiece by Messing, Larsen, Cash and Emma Fuzie (Carmel, Calif./Carmel HS). Cash sent home the set-clinching put away to secure the frame 25-16.
Cash began set four right where the third left off, with a kill. It would be the only time Pepperdine led in set four, however, as the Cougars did a sound job controlling the tempo. A late challenge was promptly halted as BYU ended the match on a 6-1 run to win the stanza 25-16.
Pepperdine continues this week's action with a 1 p.m. match on Saturday, Oct. 5 vs. #13 San Diego. Fans unable to make it to Firestone Fieldhouse can watch online for free via WaveCasts.
We'd like to wish our fellow Wave Amanda Rowe, member of the Pepperdine women's swimming and diving team, a speedy recovery. We are so humbled thankful to know that you were supporting us during our match tonight!