Waves Top Portland, 3-1
Katie Messing puts down 19 kills to lift Pepperdine to the 3-1 victory.
Oct. 26, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. – The Pepperdine women’s volleyball team defeated Portland this afternoon in Firestone Fieldhouse by a score of 3-1. Leading the way for the Waves was junior outside hitter Katie Messing with a match-high 19 kills.
Although the Pilots (0-20, 0-11 West Coast Conference) struck first with a 25-16 triumph in set one, the Waves won the next three frames 25-11, 25-23, 25-19 to improve to 11-8 overall and 5-6 in league play.
Messing (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands HS) once again shouldered the majority share of the offensive responsibility, nailing down 19 kills on a match-high 40 swings. The junior kept the errors to a minimum and finished the day hitting .425.
Overall, Pepperdine hit at a .364 (61 kills-17 errors-121 attempts) clip while limiting Portland to a .237 (43-15-118) hitting percentage.
Becca Strehlow (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS) dealt 42 assists while picking up nine digs and three blocks on the defensive end.
The Waves’ backcourt was well protected and Pepperdine out-dug the Pilots 51-37. Larsen paced Pepperdine with 13 pickups, while Kellie Woolever (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS) and Jillian Bergeson (Friendswood, Texas/Friendswood HS) followed with 11 and 10, respectively.
After sitting out set one, Brooke Honeycutt (Phoenix, Ariz./Desert Vista HS) made her return to the lineup after missing several matches due to injury, and put away four kills on seven errorless swings.
Emma Fuzie (Carmel, Calif./Carmel HS) collected seven kills earned at a strong .545 (7-1-11) success rate.
After a bit of a stumble in set one, the Waves got back on track in the second, jumping out to a quick 9-2 lead. Although Portland was able to come back within two, 9-6, Pepperdine surged forward to win 25-11.
The Waves continued to control the tempo in the third and led by as much as six, 17-11. The Pilots refused to go away quietly, however, and battled back to tie the score at 22-all. Racich put down a kill to give Pepperdine the lead once and for all, and the home team put the frame away 25-23.
Although Portland scored the first two points of set four, the Waves quickly overtook the lead and never trailed the rest of the way. Larsen and Strehlow went a perfect 4-for-4 on the attack to help lift the team to a 25-19 victory to clinch the match.
The Waves gear up for a tough road trip next week, playing matches at #9 San Diego on Wednesday, Oct. 30, before making the return trip to BYU on Saturday, Nov. 2. Pepperdine’s next home match is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 7 against Saint Mary’s.