#13 San Diego Overpowers Pepperdine, 3-0

Katie Messing

Oct. 5, 2013


Box Score: #13 San Diego 3, Pepperdine 0 Get Acrobat Reader | Final Stats

MALIBU, Calif. – A strong #13-ranked San Diego squad was too much for the Pepperdine women’s volleyball team today, as the Waves fell 3-0 inside Firestone Fieldhouse. Despite the loss, Katie Messing shot down a team-high 11 kills.

Set scores for today’s match were 26-24, 25-12, 25-23.

The Toreros (11-3, 3-2 West Coast Conference) were relentless on defense, owning a 60-40 advantage over the Waves in digs. Libero C’era Oliveira frustrated Pepperdine hitters with 22 digs in just three sets.

Those second-chance opportunities translated into points for San Diego. Although Pepperdine committed just nine hitting errors to USD’s 17, the Toreros sent home 55 kills while hitting .304 (55 kills-17 errors-125 attempts). The Waves (8-6, 2-4 WCC) countered with a respectable, but still lower .241 (36-9-112) clip.

Messing (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands HS) reached double digits in kills for the 12th time in 13 appearances, bringing her season kills average to 3.67.

Taylor Racich (Santa Barbara, Calif./Dos Pueblos HS) followed with eight kills, while Samantha Cash (San Diego, Calif./Canyon Crest Academy) chipped in with six.

Cash, who ranks 15th in the NCAA with 1.41 blocks per set, led the match with four rejections today.

Jillian Bergeson (Friendswood, Texas/Friendswood HS) led the defensive effort in the back court with 12 digs.

Although San Diego led by as much as four, 13-9, the Waves fought back to tie things up at 14-all in the opening frame. The Toreros went ahead again and eventually took set point 24-22. Kills by Messing and Racich in succession knotted the score at 24, but Chloe Ferrari and Alaysia Brown both tallied clutch kills to put the set away 26-24.

San Diego was in firm control of set two and won 25-12 to take the 2-0 overall lead into intermission.

The Waves found a way to fight back in the third, going nearly point-for-point with USD from start to finish. Down 20-22, a solo Emma Fuzie (Carmel, Calif./Carmel HS) block preceded a San Diego attack error to tie things up yet again 22-22. Two sideouts later and still tied, the Toreros once again scored in the clutch moments to secure the set and the shutout 25-23.

Brown led the match with 17 kills followed by Taylor Hollins with 13.

Becca Strehlow (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS) dished 31 assists for the Waves.

Pepperdine hits the road next week for matches at WCC newcomer Pacific on Thursday, Oct. 10, followed by a Saturday, Oct. 12 contest at Saint Mary’s. The Waves are a perfect 4-0 when playing away from Firestone Fieldhouse this season.




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