Sand Volleyball Wins at USAV Collegiate Challenge
March 15, 2014
CHULA VISTA, Calif. - The #1 Pepperdine sand volleyball team continued its winning ways on the second day of the USAV Beach Collegiate Challenge at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. The Waves shut out both #5 Hawaii and Grand Canyon, before opening the single-elimination pairs championship.
Pepperdine not only is a perfect 5-0 on the season, individually the Waves have yet to lose a single match. With five duals and one round of pairs play in the books this season, the Waves boast a combined individual match record of 29-0.
Although the Rainbow Wahine earned a 3-2 victory over defending AVCA National Champions and #3-ranked Long Beach State last week, the Waves would take the team win today.
Four of the five Pepperdine pairs would win in straight sets. Becca Strehlow (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS/UCLA) and Lara Dykstra (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union HS/Nebraska) would need all three frames to get past Karissa Cook and 2012 AVCA All-American Brittany Tiegs, but took control of the third set 15-7 to claim the victory.
Emily Cook (Huntington Beach, Calif./Murrieta Valley HS) and Katie Messing (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands HS) earned the most dominating victory of the morning session, posting a 21-12, 21-14 decision over Hannah Rooks and Karlee Riggs.
The winning ways continued vs. the Antelopes, and the Waves improved to 5-0 on the year with the 5-0 victory.
After dual action wrapped, a 24-team pairs championship opened with first-round action.
Adelhelm and Asprey advanced with a straight-set win over Cal State Bakersfield's No. 3 team of Lisa Bartsch and Julia Bowen.
Messing paired with Knudsen in pairs play, their first match of the season together, and beat Britta Forsythe and Brandy Grant of Grand Canyon, 21-9, 21-9.
Although Bakersfield's Sydney Haynes and Danika Youngbook escaped the first set with a 22-20 win, Samantha Cash (San Diego, Calif./Canyon Crest Academy) and Cook rebounded with a 21-15 triumph in the second stanza. The deciding set was owned by Cash and Cook, who won 15-4.
Pepperdine's No. 1 and No. 2 pairs earned a first round bye and will pick up action, along with the other four Wave duos, tomorrow at the Olympic Training Center. Visit the event page for complete brackets and dual scores.
Dual | #1 Pepperdine 5, #5 Hawaii 0
Dual | #1 Pepperdine 5, Grand Canyon 0
Pairs: USAV Collegiate Challenge