Sept. 3, 2010
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Box Score: Pepperdine 3, Rice 0 (.pdf)
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women's volleyball team opened the 2010 home schedule in dominant fashion, blanking Rice 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-15). Kim Hill paved the way for the Waves with her first career double-double, while Victoria Adelhelm registered a sizzling .667 attack percentage highlighted by 12 kills.
Pepperdine improves to 2-2 overall, while the Owls fall to the same mark.
Hill (Portland, Ore./Portland Christian HS) tagged down 12 kills to extend her double-figures streak to 17 matches, dating back to the 2009 season. Her .346 success rate was second only to Adelhelm (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Santa Fe Christian). Hill captured the double-double by adding 10 digs to the scorebook.
Adelhelm, a sophomore middle blocker, tallied 12 kills and no errors on her way to a career-best .667 clip. She also led defensively at the net, denying attackers on three occasions. She and Hill have combined for 89 kills already during the young 2010 season.
"Victoria and Kim have been unstoppable these past couple of weeks," boasted head coach Nina Matthies. "They're both strong and they're going to be hard to stop this season."
Defense was key to tonight's win, as three Waves eclipsed double-digit dig totals. Stevi Robinson (Hermosa Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS) led the floor with 15 saves, while Lilla Frederick (Huntington Beach, Calif./Cornelia Connelly HS) and Hill added 12 and 15, respectively.
Kellie Woolever (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS) dished out 35 saves, while Brittney Clark (San Jose, Calif./Presentation HS) contributed six put downs. Frederick made her offensive presence known with seven kills of her own.
Consistency was instrumental in the first game, as Pepperdine trailed 12-13 in kill totals. However, the Waves made up for the deficiency with minimal errors on the attack. Frederick picked up three kills on no errors, and Clark recorded a .500 success rate on the attack with three kills. Up 24-18, the Owls were able to erase two game points, but a miscue at the Rice service line gave Pepperdine the early 1-0 lead.
The second stanza was much the same, as Rice edged Pepperdine in kill totals 15-14. The Waves were able to keep the attack in bounds, however, missing the mark just four times, compared to the Owls' nine mishaps. Locked at 19-all, Hill tagged down her fifth and sixth kills of the frame to prompt a Rice timeout. The Owls regrouped and claimed the next point, but Adelhelm answered with a kill. Another point at her hand would set up game point, and an attack error on the other side of the net put the 25th point on the scoreboard.
The third set was all Pepperdine, as they jumped out to a 7-4 lead to force the Owls to call a break in the action. The Waves continued to control the pace as they extended the lead to 11-6 to force Rice to expend their final timeout. Adelhelm was unstoppable at the net, tallying six kills for a .667 attack percentage. The match was sealed with a final put down from Frederick. The Waves posted 15 kills, compared to Rice's nine.
The Owls were led on offense by Ashleigh McCord, who tacked down a match-best 15 kills. Tracey Lam collected 14 digs.
The Waves return to action tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. to face Eastern Washington. EWU faced Missouri earlier this evening and suffered a 3-0 loss. Pepperdine concludes the Asics Classic with a 7:30 p.m. match against the Tigers.