Waves Finish Flyer Classic With Split Against Two More Ranked Opponents
Sept. 10, 2011
DAYTON, Ohio - Pepperdine senior Stevi Robinson became the school's all-time leader in digs and the Waves' women's volleyball team defeated a nationally ranked opponent for the third time in four days as the squad finished up play at the Dayton Marriott Flyer Classic on Saturday.
After beating #8 UCLA at home on Wednesday and defeating #23 Dayton in the tournament's opener on Friday night, Pepperdine (6-3) ended up losing a five-set heartbreaker to #20 Michigan (30-32, 25-16, 25-27, 25-19, 20-18) on Saturday morning before rebounding with a four-set victory over #24 Florida State (25-21, 23-25, 25-18, 25-23) later in the day.
Robinson (Hermosa Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS) set the record with her first dig of the day. The defensive specialist had nine against Michigan and six against Florida State to bring her career total to 1,419. She broke the record of 1,404 held by Christina Hinds (2002-04).
The Waves had a balanced attack against Michigan, with freshman outside hitter Katie Messing (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands HS) getting 16 kills and senior opposite Kim Hill (Portland, Ore./Portland Christian HS) and senior outside hitter Lilla Frederick (Huntington Beach, Calif./Cornelia Connelly HS) notching 15 apiece. Sophomore setter Kellie Woolever (Long Beach, Calif./Wilson HS) had a double-double with 46 assists and 25 digs, as did Frederick (17 digs) and Hill (12 digs).
In a marathon first set, the Waves trailed 30-29 but scored the next three points on a block by freshman middle blocker Samantha Cash (San Diego, Calif./Canyon Crest Academy) and Woolever, a kill by Cash and a Wolverine attack error. The match see-sawed back and forth from there and went well beyond the regular 15-point finish in the fifth and deciding set.
Pepperdine actually faced match point at 14-11 but scored three straight points on a kill by Hill, a Michigan attack error and a kill by Messing. The Wolverines never relinquished the lead, however, and although the Waves tied the set at 15, 16, 17 and 18, Michigan's Claire McEleheny finally ended the match with consecutive kills.
The Waves shook off the loss quickly in their second match of the day against the Seminoles. Five players reached double-figures kills, led by Hill's 19. Frederick had 13 kills and 21 digs, while Messing and junior middle blocker Victoria Adelhelm (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Santa Fe Christian HS) each had 11 kills and Cash posted 10.
After both teams split the first two sets, the Waves went on a 7-1 run in the third set to open up a 17-10 advantage, and from there they would take a 2-1 lead. Florida State scored the first four points of the fourth set, but the Waves would quickly tie things up at 6-6. Trailing 21-20, Frederick had two kills sandwiched by a service ace by freshman libero Michaela Christiaansen (Tucson, Ariz./Ironwood Ridge HS). Hill eventually ended it with a kill on the Waves' second match point.
The Waves' run against nationally ranked opponents continues next weekend, when they meet #12 Hawaii twice in Honolulu. Both matches (Friday, Sept. 16 and Saturday, Sept. 17) will be at 10 p.m. PT and fans can listen to both matches via Wave Casts at www.pepperdinesports.com.