Hill's 17 Kills Fuels Pepperdine Victory Over Loyola Marymount
Oct. 9, 2010
LOS ANGELES – After its defense took center state during Wednesday’s win over UC Santa Barbara, the Pepperdine women’s volleyball offense starred in tonight’s 3-0 (25-14, 25-22, 25-15) win over West Coast Conference rival Loyola Marymount. The Waves improve to 12-5 and 3-0 in the conference, while the Lions fall to 10-8 and 2-1 in the league.
Kim Hill (Portland, Ore./Portland Christian HS) sparked the offense with a season-high 17 kills on a sizzling .500 hitting percentage. Kellie Woolever (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS) managed the offense with 33 assists, while recording a career-high 17 digs to capture second-straight double double. Overall, she leads the team with five this season.
The Waves earned 1.5 points in the PCH Challenge standings with the win on the road. The competition is a season-long battle encompassing all NCAA sports between the two rivals who are separated by just 19.1 miles. Pepperdine currently holds the lead by one point.
The Waves hit a remarkable .545 attack percentage in the opening set, led by Hill’s seven kills on ten swings. Victoria Adelhelm (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Santa Fe Christian HS) and Lilla Frederick (Huntington Beach, Calif./Cornelia Connelly) helped the Pepperdine cause with four kills apiece. With 20 total kills, compared to the Lions’ eight, the first frame was quickly claimed by the Waves, 25-14.
Pepperdine jumped to a 11-5 advantage in the second frame, but a late surge from LMU – fueled by strong blocking -- knotted the score at 17 to prompt head coach Nina Matthies to call a timeout. Out of the break, the Lions went on a 3-0 run with back-to-back blocks and a service ace. The Waves took advantage of an LMU service error to score four unanswered points with Woolever at the service line. A timely block from Hill and Brittney Clark (San Jose, Calif./Presentation HS) set up game point. Clark did the honors by nailing down the 25th point with a kill.
The Waves took the momentum from the second-set victory into the third, as they controlled the offensive tempo of the frame. The Waves added another 13 kills in the final stanza to bring their match total to 50, while the Lions managed just six kills in the final set. Adelhelm matched LMU with six kills of her own en route to a 25-15 win.
Clark followed up her 12 block assault versus UCSB with an impressive six blocks this evening. The sophomore averages 1.32 blocks per set to lead the squad. In the backcourt Frederick posted 11 digs. Frederick and Clark added six put aways, while Justine Hunter (Hollister, Calif./San Benito HS) tallied her first kill of the season.
Pepperdine returns to the Firestone Fieldhouse on Thurs., Oct. 14 for a league tangle with Gonzaga at 7 p.m. for the annual Dig Pink match. To commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness month, volleyball teams from across the nation are sponsoring Dig Pink events to raise money and awareness for an illness that affects thousands annually. They conclude the week’s action with a 1 p.m. match versus Portland on Saturday in Malibu.
Noting the Waves: This was the 1,103 match in Pepperdine women's volleyball history ... With the win the Waves are 689-412-2 all time and 280-69 in WCC play ... Nina Matthies has tallied 522 wins as the head coach of the Waves ... This was the 63rd meeting between Pepperdine and LMU ... The Waves are 47-16 all-time versus the Lions and have won the last eight matches … Kim Hill has now reached double-digit kill totals in the 27 of the last 29 matches dating back to last season and brings her career kill total to 704 … with eight digs tonight, Stevi Robinson brings her career total to 1,150 to rank sixth all-time. Just 16 digs stand between her and the fifth position.