Waves Stumble at Saint Mary's, Suffer 3-0 Loss
Pepperdine suffers first conference loss of the season at Saint Mary's.
Nov. 12, 2011
MORAGA, Calif. – Despite a match-high 17 kills from senior Kim Hill, the #14-ranked Pepperdine women’s volleyball team suffered a 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-22) loss to West Coast Conference rival Saint Mary’s on Saturday afternoon inside McKeon Pavilion.
Although the Waves (19-6, 13-1 WCC) out killed Saint Mary’s (15-12, 9-6 WCC) by a 51-46 margin, the Gaels committed far fewer errors on the attack. SMC finished the afternoon with a .349 hitting percentage, compared to Pepperdine’s .274 clip.
Hill (Portland, Ore./Portland Christian HS) averaged 5.67 kill/set in today’s contest to bring her season average to 3.82. In this year’s 14 league matches, the senior has averaged a WCC-best 4.02 kills/set.
Sophomore setter Kellie Woolever (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS) dished 41 assists in today’s effort, while helping out defensively with 16 digs.
Saint Mary’s was led by the well-rounded effort of Gabby Jolly, who tagged down nine kills as well as nine blocks.
The first set played out point-for-point until the home team pieced together a 5-0 run to take the biggest lead of the frame. Pepperdine continued to battle, thanks in part to Hill’s seven first-set kills, but the Gales claimed the opener 25-21.
Set two looked much the same. Both teams were very evenly matched, but SMC built a three-point lead that it would maintain the entire stanza. Despite six Hill kills on an errorless 13 attacks, the Gaels took a 2-0 lead following a 25-22 win.
Saint Mary’s got off to a hot start in the third set, building a 7-1 lead before Victoria Adelhelm (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Santa Fe Christian HS) put away a kill to rotate Woolever to the serving position. The Waves found their offensive rhythm and got themselves back in the match with an 11-4 run. Tied at 13, Missy White served her team to a three-point lead that Pepperdine would not be able to overcome. Jolly clinched the final point for the Gaels to seal the 3-0 win.
Lilla Frederick (Huntington Beach, Calif./Cornelia Connelly HS) tallied 11 kills, while Adelhelm recorded seven.
The Waves are still atop the WCC standings with a 13-1 record, and two games ahead of San Diego who is 11-3 after defeating Loyola Marymount on Saturday afternoon.
Pepperdine looks to rebound on Thursday, Nov. 17 when they host San Francisco. Seniors Hill, Frederick, Robinson and Janea Rosell (Los Angles, Calif./Bishop Montgomery HS) will be honored prior to first serve as the four celebrate their final home conference match.