#20 Waves Rout Loyola Marymount in Westchester
Pepperdine shuts Lions down with relentless offense and tireless defense.
Oct. 5, 2011
LOS ANGELES – Everything was working for the #20 Pepperdine women’s volleyball team tonight in a road match at Loyola Marymount. The Waves shut out the Lions 3-0 (25-11, 25-15, 25-18) to improve to 10-5 overall and a perfect 4-0 in West Coast Conference action.
The Waves were relentless in all facets of the game, nailing down 41 kills on a .294 hitting percentage while adding 11 blocks on defense.
By comparison, Loyola Marymount (9-8, 3-2 WCC) was limited to 27 kills and a bleak .039 clip. Defensively, the team tallied four rejections.
Victoria Adelhelm (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Santa Fe Christian HS) was near-perfect on the attack, with eight kills on 12 attempts and just one error for a team-best .583 success rate.
Lilla Frederick (Huntington Beach, Calif./Cornelia Connelly HS) and Katie Messing (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands HS) paced all hitters with nine kills apiece.
With seven blocks, Samantha Cash (San Diego, Calif./Canyon Crest Academy) kept opposing attackers at bay. Kellie Woolever (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS) quarterbacked the offense with 31 assists. The sophomore setter helped the Waves’ cause with five kills and a dozen digs.
The Waves got off to a hot start in the opening stanza, and jumped out to an 8-1 advantage before LMU was forced to take a time out in an attempt to put a halt to the momentum. The break did little to deter Pepperdine’s relentless assault, however, as they closed out the set 25-11. Adelhelm paced Pepperdine with four kills on six errorless swings, while Hill added three kills and three blocks.
Although the opening points of the second set played out a bit closer, the Waves never relinquished the lead. After the Lions pieced together a 4-0 run that cut Pepperdine’s lead to one, the Waves answered by scoring 13 of the next 17 points to give themselves a double-digit cushion. A kill from Frederick – her sixth of the frame – clinched the set 25-15.
After the intermission, the Waves continued to roll. They allowed just two LMU kills while utilizing a balanced attack comprised of four kills, two aces and a block to build a 9-3 lead to force the first Lion timeout. Loyola Marymount continued to battle, however, and was able to tie the match at 17. Pepperdine kept its composure on the court and scored five unanswered points to take back the lead once and for all. Back-to-back roofs gave the Waves match point followed by a Robinson ace for the final point of the match.
The Waves return to Firestone Fieldhouse this Saturday, Oct. 8 to take on BYU for the first time as a conference opponent. The contest, which is also Pepperdine’s annual Dig Pink event, is set for 1 p.m.