Orozco, Racich Lift Waves to 3-1 Victory Against San Francisco
Oct. 11, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. – With 21 kills courtesy of Jazmine Orozco and a double-double performance out of Taylor Racich, the #24 Pepperdine women’s volleyball team downed San Francisco 3-1 on Thursday evening.
The Waves, who improve to 13-7 overall and 2-4 in the West Coast Conference, won by set scores of 22-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-21. The Dons fall to 12-7 on the season and 3-3 in the league.
Orozco (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood HS/Illinois) matched a career high with her 21 kills. The junior took 45 total swings and committed just three miscues for a .400 hitting percentage.
Racich (Santa Barbara, Calif./Dos Pueblos HS) added 12 kills for the Waves and picked up 12 digs to mark her third double-double of the season. At the service line, the freshman dished a match-high four aces.
As a team, Pepperdine hit .288 (69 kills-20 errors-170 attempts) on the night, while the Dons swung for a .250 (49-14-140) clip. Ester DeVries led USF with 18 kills, followed by Jocelyn Levig with 13.
Katie Messing (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands HS) reached double figures for the Waves and posted 13 kills.
On the defensive end, Michaela Christiaansen (Tucson, Ariz./Ironwood Ridge HS) collected a team-high 18 digs followed by Kellie Woolever’s (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS) 17.
“The team is starting to find its rhythm now as we settle into our conference season,” commented head coach Nina Matthies after the match. “I thought we played very positive tonight. We served tremendously well and played great defense.”
Pepperdine dished a season-best seven aces against the Dons. In addition to Racich’s four, Orozco, Woolever and Christiaansen all served up a winner from the line.
The Dons took early control, prompting Matthies to break up the momentum with a timeout at 3-7. Messing sent a kill home with authority coming out of the break, but USF managed to hold on to its lead. Although the Waves made a late run and killed off two set points, the visitors clinched the first frame 25-22.
Racich paced the Waves with four kills and five digs in the set.
Orozco disposed of an overpass with a kill to give the Waves the early momentum in the second stanza, but the Dons kept the score close as evidence by the 14 tie scores in the set. Pepperdine regained control of the frame after a Racich ace and a Messing kill put the score in the home teams’ favor, 17-15. The Waves extended their lead, 22-18, thanks in part to a pair of kills by Orozco and one courtesy of Woolever. A USF service error put the frame in the books for the home team, 25-21.
Orozco was unstoppable in set two, with seven kills and an ace. Messing followed with five put aways.
Although the Dons claimed the early lead in the pivotal third set, the Waves took command of the control after a brilliantly placed kill by Messing from well behind the 10-foot line. Pepperdine continued to find ways to put the ball away, both in and out of system, and saw its lead swell to nine points at 18-9. Racich served up an ace – her fourth of the match – to bring up set point, and Messing sealed the victory with a kill, 25-19.
The Waves’ momentum carried over into set four and they sprinted out to a 5-0 lead. USF did not go away quietly, however, and narrowed the gap to one at 15-14. Although Pepperdine never relinquished its advantage, San Francisco never trailed far behind. Up 22-19, Racich tacked on a kill coming out of a timeout to put Pepperdine just two points away from clinching the match. The Dons scored on back-to-back plays before an attack error gave the Waves match point. Racich and Victoria Adelhelm (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Santa Fe Christian) then threw the roof on for a block to put the exclamation point on the match.
Adelhelm finished the night with eight kills and a pair of blocks. Alyssa Mason (Redlands, Calif./Redlands Valley East HS) posted three blocks to lead Pepperdine.
Woolever guided the offense with 47 total assists.
The Waves conclude their four-match home stand this Saturday, Oct. 13 against Santa Clara. First serve is slated for 1 p.m. inside Firestone Fieldhouse.