Jiangsu Overpowers Pepperdine in Exhibition Match
Aug. 31, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's volleyball team suffered a 3-0 loss to Jiangsu, a Chinese club team, but gained valuable experience during an exhibition match on Friday night inside Firestone Fieldhouse. Jiangsu is now 3-0 in its United States tour, having already defeated USC and UCLA earlier in the week.
The match was part of the annual Pepperdine Asics Classic. In addition to Jiangsu's 25-15, 25-21, 25-17 win, Arizona topped Cal State Fullerton in three sets, 25-17, 25-23, 25-22.
Several Waves saw valuable time coming off the bench, including freshmen Taylor Racich (Santa Barbara, Calif./Dos Pueblos HS) and Matalee Reed (Dallas, Texas/Lake Highlands HS). Racich, despite only playing two of the three sets, led the floor with five blocks. Reed added four kills hitting .429 (4-1-7), and added four rejections.
"I think it was a great match for us," said head coach Nina Matthies following the contest. "I was hoping to win a set and stay out on the floor a little longer, but all-in-all we went out there and accomplished our goals. The players got to compete in front of their crowd and their parents for the first time, and they handled themselves well - especially the freshmen.
"We saw some great things out there tonight, so in my eyes its mission accomplished."
Jiangsu was extremely efficient on the attack, hitting .386 (43-11-83) as a team. Tingli Zhai, Yayun Chen and Qianwen Jiang were all nearly unstoppable. The trio combined for 34 kills on 58 swings while committing just six total errors.
But it was the visitors' sound passing that was a step above the rest. The team was charged with just one receiving error, and out-dug Pepperdine 30-21.
The Waves hit .178 (34-18-90) on the night, but did hold a 7.0-5.5 edge in blocking.
Samantha Cash (San Diego, Calif./Canyon Crest Academy), who played the entire match, paced the Waves with 10 kills earned on a .316 (10-4-19) clip. The 2011 West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year was also credited with three blocks, two assists and a dig.
Pepperdine opened the match with an 11-8 lead, prompting a Jiangsu timeout. The visitors settled in after that, and closed out the set on 17-4 run to win 25-15.
The Waves hit a remarkable .462 (14-2-26) in the second set to keep things close, but Jiangsu trumped that with a .562 (20-2-32) hitting percentage
The momentum continued to swing in Jiangsu's favor, as they did not trail in the third set.
Kellie Woolever (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS) handed out 26 assists and picked up a team-high seven digs.
Jazmine Orozco (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood HS/Illinois) added seven kills and four digs for the Waves.
Action resumes at the Pepperdine Asics Classic on Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. with Arizona vs. Jiangsu. The Waves play Cal State Fullerton at 1:30 p.m. before taking on the Wildcats at 7:30 p.m.