Waves Drop 3-1 Decision to San Diego

Victoria Adlehelm

Oct. 6, 2012

Final Stats | Box Score: #15 San Diego 3, #23 Pepperdine 1Get Acrobat Reader

MALIBU, Calif. – Victoria Adelhelm turned in a season-high 15 kills while hitting .500, but #15 San Diego topped the #23 Pepperdine in four sets in West Coast Conference action.

The Toreros (14-2, 6-0 WCC) continue to sit on top of the league standings and won by set scores of 29-27, 25-22, 22-25, 25-20. The Waves fall to 11-7 overall and 1-4 in conference matches.

Despite the loss, Adelhelm (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Santa Fe Christian HS) had a solid day inside Firestone Fieldhouse both on offense and defense. The senior tallied 15 kills and committed just one attack error in 28 attempts. On the defensive end she added four total blocks to pace Pepperdine with 17.5 points.

The Waves registered a respectable .276 (64 kills-19 errors-163 attempts) hitting percentage, but the Toreros managed to be marginally more efficient on the attack to gain the edge. San Diego hit .305 (70-199-167) on the afternoon.

Taylor Racich (Santa Barbara, Calif./Dos Pueblos HS) was unstoppable from the service line with a career-high five aces – three of which came in a single series in the first frame. Pepperdine had fallen behind 4-9 early in the set, but took the lead back, 10-9, with Racich at the line.

A tug-of-war battle ensued, with 12 tie scores and four lead changes. Although the Waves killed off three total set points, and had a pair of set points themselves, USD escaped with the win in the opening frame 29-27.

The evenly-matched contest continued in the second set, but the Toreros went on a 4-0 run midway through the stanza that proved to be the difference maker. After taking a 16-12 lead, San Diego went on cruise control and sided out its way to a 24-19 advantage.  Although the Waves made a late surge and got back within two points, the visiting squad was able to hold on for the victory and take a 2-0 lead into the locker room.  

Pepperdine stormed its way back into the match in set three, and never trailed en route to a 25-22 win. The Waves hit a blazing .439 (20-2-41) in the frame, led by Jazmine Orozco’s (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood HS/Illinois) seven kills.  Michaela Christiaansen (Tucson, Ariz./Ironwood Ridge HS) picked up seven of her team's 21 total digs to give the defense a boost.

Orozco finished the match with a team-high 16 kills to go along with 12 digs for her ninth double-double of the season.

San Diego’s defense stepped up in the fourth stanza, making it difficult for the Waves to put the ball away. Although Pepperdine committed just a single attack error the entire set, the Toreros picked up 20 digs – compared to the Waves’ 11 – to create the offensive opportunities needed to put the match in the books. Carrie Baird put the final point on the board to clinch the match for USD 25-20.

Kellie Woolever (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS) handed out 53 assists and collected 13 digs, while Christiaansen paced Pepperdine with 21 digs. It was the second-consecutive match the sophomore libero has reached the 20-digs plateau.

Racich finished the afternoon with nine kills, nine digs and three blocks to go along with her five aces.

The Toreros were led by Chloe Ferrari, who punched down 16 kills, and Kandiss Anderson who led the match with 28 digs.

The Waves’ home stand continues next week with three matches inside Firestone Fieldhouse. The week opens on Monday, Oct. 8 against Bucknell and 5 p.m. Pepperdine hosts WCC foes San Francisco and Santa Clara on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 13 at 1 p.m., respectively. 



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