Adelhelm and Cook Lead Pepperdine Past New Mexico State, 3-1
Sept. 17, 2010
TUSCON, Ariz. - With season-best performances from sophomore Victoria Adelhelm and freshman Emily Cook, the Pepperdine women's volleyball team cruised past New Mexico State 3-1 (25-21, 28-26, 22-25, 25-17), at the Arizona Invitational. The Waves improve to 7-4 overall, while the Aggies fall to 6-4.
Adelhelm (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Santa Fe Christian HS) forced over one-third of the Aggies' 26 attach errors, as the sophomore tallied 10 total blocks to set a new career high. In addition, the mark also ranks tied for fifth in the single-match Pepperdine record book. The middle blocker contributed offensively as well with six kills.
Cook (Murrieta, Calif,/Murrieta Valley HS) tacked down a career-best 15 kills behind a .303 (15-5-33) attack percentage, while Kim Hill (Portland, Ore./Portland Christian HS) also tallied 15 kills to lead the offense attack.
The Waves got another solid performance from junior outside hitter Lilla Frederick, who captured her second double-double of the season with 10 kills and 12 digs.
The first frame was dictated by the Pepperdine attack, as the team recorded 13 put downs while limiting New Mexico to a .000 (9-9-33) success rate at the net. Frederick picked up four kills to lead the floor and quickly put away the 25-21 win.
The Waves were unable to find much offensive rhythm in the second set, so instead turned to their defense to secure the win. Despite being out-killed 20-14, Pepperdine was impenetrable on defense, posting eight blocks and 14 digs. Adelhelm accounted for five of those blocks with two solo rejections, while accepting assistance on the remaining three.
Despite five kills and a .444 attack percentage out of Hill, New Mexico State was able to take a 25-22 third set win to avoid the shutout. As a team, the Aggies hit a stellar .429 attack percentage compared to the Waves' .267.
The small stumble in the Waves' morning match was quickly rectified. With Hill at the forefront of the offensive attack, Pepperdine nailed down 16 kills - including an errorless effort from Hill - to quickly dispose of the fourth and final set, 25-17.
The Aggies were led by Whitney Woods and Kayleigh Giddens, who claimed 18 and 17 kills, respectively.
Kellie Woolever (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS) dished 42 assists for the Pepperdine offense.
The Waves continue action at the Arizona Invitational at 7 p.m. this evening, when they face the hosting Wildcats.
Noting the Waves: This was the 1,097 match in Pepperdine women's volleyball history ... With the win the Waves are 684-411-2 all time ... Nina Matthies has tallied 517 wins as the head coach of the Waves ... This was the second meeting between Pepperdine and New Mexico State The series against the Aggies is tied at 1 ... This was the first four-set victory for Pepperdine this season ... Emily Cook led the Waves for the first time this season in kill totals with a career-best 15 today against New Mexico State ... Kim Hill has now reached double-digit kill totals in the 23 of the last 24 matches dating back to last season and brings her career kill total to 629 ... Victoria Adelhelm raised her career-high to 10 in the single-match blocks category ... Stevi Robinson now has 1,072 career digs and ranks eighth all-time in the Pepperdine record books. She needs nine more to take over seventh place and 11 to claim the No. 6 spot.