Women's Volleyball Rolls Past Portland, 3-0
Oct. 29, 2011
MALIBU, Calif. – The #18 Pepperdine women’s volleyball team logged its third-consecutive 3-0 shutout of the week today versus Portland inside Firestone Fieldhouse. Stevi Robinson defended the court with 17 digs, while Kim Hill paced the offense with 14 kills.
Set scores for the match were 25-18, 25-14 and 25-13. With the win, the Waves improve to 17-5 overall and a flawless 11-0 in the West Coast Conference. The Pilots fall to 8-16 and 2-9 in the league.
Robinson (Hermosa Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS) nearly made it impossible for Portland attackers to find the floor. With 17 digs today, the senior libero averaged 4.22 digs/set in three matches this week to lead the Waves.
Offensively, she contributed three service aces against Portland, including the match clincher at the conclusion of set there.
Hill (Portland, Ore./Portland Christian HS) tacked down a match-high 14 kills earned on a .462 hitting percentage, while picking up eight digs and three blocks.
Overall, Pepperdine hit over .300 for the third-consecutive match with a .385 clip and 48 kills. The Pilots were limited to just 26 put aways and a .093 attack percentage.
Portland kept the score close in the opening points, but Kellie Woolever (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS) served the Waves to a 4-1 run to give her team an advantage they would never relinquish. It was Hill’s sixth kill in the opening frame that lifted the Waves to the 25-18 victory.
The Waves scored the first point in set two, and rode the momentum to a 17-11 lead. The Pilots weren’t able to piece together any offensive momentum and finished the stanza with a negative hitting percentage, as the home team went on to win 25-14. Katie Messing (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands HS) picked up five of her seven kills in the set.
It was Lilla Frederick’s (Huntington Beach, Calif./Cornelia Connelly HS) turn to shine in the third frame. The senior was an errorless 6-for-9 on the attack, while freshman Michaela Christiaansen’s (Tucson, Ariz./Ironwood Ridge HS) serving ignited a 10-0 run to give the Waves control. Robinson landed a high-velocity serve on the line to put the 25th and final point up on the scoreboard.
Frederick helped the offense with nine total kills, while Samantha Cash (San Diego, Calif./Canyon Crest Academy) picked up five blocks.
Justine Hunter (Hollister, Calif./ San Benito HS) came off the bench late in the third set and delivered two assists.
Pepperdine has just one match on the schedule next week with a 7 p.m. contest versus Santa Clara on Thursday, Nov. 3.