Waves Go 3-0 at USAV Collegiate Challenge
April 12, 2014
HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. – The #2 Pepperdine sand volleyball team had a spectacular day at the USAV Collegiate Challenge in Hermosa Beach, sweeping Arizona, CSU Bakersfield and #3 Hawaii all in one day.
The Waves, now 13-1 in 2014, stormed through the first two duals of the day and did not drop a single set vs. the Wildcats or Roadrunners.
Senior duo Kellie Woolever (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS) and Kelley Larsen (Jamul, Calif./Christian HS) earned the most dominant win in the dual vs. Arizona, topping McKenna and Madison Witt 21-8, 21-15 from the No. 1 spot in the lineup.
The potential sister vs. sister match was never realized as Emily Cook’s (Huntington Beach, Calif./Murrieta Valley HS) younger sister Allie, a junior at UA, played at No. 3 today. The elder Cook won alongside Katie Messing (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands HS) at No. 4.
After Pepperdine shut out Bakersfield for the second time this season, the Waves faced off in a rematch vs. #3 Hawaii.
Although Pepperdine had previously beat the Rainbow Wahine 5-0 at the USAV Collegiate Challenge in Chula Vista earlier this season, it was important for the Waves to win today as AVCA National Championship selection time draws near.
The Waves came through, winning once again by a 5-0 tally.
Woolever and Larsen, as well as Cook and Messing, held on to win in three sets, while Caitlin Racich (Santa Barbara, Calif./Dos Pueblos HS) and Delaney Knudsen (Valencia, Calif./Valencia HS) earned a close knit 24-22, 21-16 victory over Ali Longo and Ginger Long.
Becca Strehlow (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS/UCLA) and Lara Dykstra (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union HS/Nebraska) topped Katie Spieler and Nikki Taylor in straight sets. Taylor, the younger sister of men’s volleyball standout Josh Taylor, made the most of her trip to the mainland, making it to Malibu in time to support her brother in the Waves’ regular season finale.
Pepperdine continues action at the USAV Collegiate Challenge on Sunday with a gold, silver and bronze bracketed pairs championship. The Waves have won the individual title every year since 2009, before sand volleyball was even an ‘NCAA emerging sport.’
Dual | #2 Pepperdine 5, Arizona 0
Dual | #2 Pepperdine 5, Cal State Bakersﬁeld 0
Extra Match: Samantha Cash/Taylor Racich (PEP) def. Sophie Flemion/Star Tucker-Campbell 21-8, 21-12
Dual | #2 Pepperdine 5, #3 Hawaii 0
No. 1 Kelley Larsen/Kellie Woolever def. Karissa Cook/Brittany Tiegs (UH) 21-14, 17-21, 15-12