Waves Finish Second at Pepperdine Asics Classic
Aug. 30, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's volleyball team finished in second place at the Asics Classic to open the 2014 season. The Waves held off Nevada 3-2 in their first match of the day before falling to Oral Roberts 3-1 in the tournament finale.
Becca Strehlow (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS), who earned a triple-double vs. the Wolf Pack and ended the weekend averaging 2.17 kills, 5.67 assists and 3.08 digs, was selected to the all-tournament team.
Nevada won the three-way tiebreaker between the Waves and Oral Roberts, all with a 2-1 record, to take home the team title. Pepperdine placed second, followed by the Golden Eagles and South Alabama.
The Waves opened action on Saturday with a 3-2 (25-17, 25-23, 21-25, 18-25, 15-7) victory against Nevada. Jillian Bergeson (Friendswood, Texas/Friendswood HS) paced Pepperdine with 17 kills in the contest, followed by Strehlow with 12 and Katie Messing (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands HS) with 11.
Strehlow was impressive in all categories and charted her second career triple-double. In addition to her 12 kills, the junior also tallied 26 assists and a team-leading 16 digs.
Although the Waves let a two-set lead slip away against a very persistent Nevada squad, Pepperdine regained control in the fifth. With eight kills, compared to just two from the Wolf Pack, the Waves handily won 15-7 to clinch the victory.
Despite a quick turnaround between matches, the Waves dominated their first set against Oral Roberts. Led by Bergeson's six kills on eight errorless swings, Pepperdine easily walked away with the 25-13 win.
As a team, the Waves swung at a sizzling .636 (15 kills-1 errors-22 attempts) hitting percentage to control the tempo.
In the end, Oral Roberts edged Pepperdine in the final three sets to win 13-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-23.
Gaby Palmeri (Davis, Calif./St. Francis HS) delivered a career-best performance versus ORU, sending down 15 kills on 30 attempts and no errors.
Bergeson once again paced the offense with 17 kills and averaged a team-best 3.42 kills/set on the weekend. She also picked up 11 digs for her second double-double of the day.
Allie Loitz (Bonita, Calif./Bonita Vista HS) came off the bench with an error-free 6-for-8 effort on the attack, while Samantha Cash (San Diego, Calif./Canyon Crest Academy) led the defense with four blocks. Cash had 11 roofs on the weekend.
Pepperdine, with a 2-1 record, continues the tournament season next weekend with the UC Irvine Invitational. The Waves face Utah State and the hosting Anteaters on Sept. 5, and conclude the tournament on Sept. 6 versus Idaho.
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