#24 Pepperdine Falls in Five Sets to #18 San Diego
Nov. 3, 2012
SAN DIEGO – Kelly Larsen matched a career high with 12 kills and Jazmine Orozco pelted down 16, but the #24 Pepperdine women’s volleyball team fell in five sets at #18 San Diego to halt its win streak at seven.
The Waves (18-8, 7-5 West Coast Conference) took a 2-1 lead before the Toreros stormed back to win the final two sets. Final scores were 25-22, 23-25, 22-25, 25-19, 15-5.
Larsen (Jamul, Calif./Christian HS) picked up her first career double-double with 12 kills and 11 digs. Orozco (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood HS/Illinois) paced all Pepperdine players with 16 kills, along with three aces, a block and 13 digs for a match-high 19.5 points.
Kellie Woolever (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS) quarterbacked the offense with 49 assists and lent a team-high 14 digs on the defensive end.
Middle blockers Victoria Adelhelm (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Santa Fe Christian HS) and Samantha Cash (San Diego, Calif./Canyon Crest Academy) mirrored one another’s stat line with nine kills and two blocks each.
San Diego (18-5, 10-3 WCC) was led by Alaysia Brown’s 18 kills earned on a .517 (18 kills-3 errors-28 attempts) hitting percentage. Carrie Baird and Amber Tatsch followed with 14 and 12 kills, respectively.
The two opposing teams traded points in the opening frame, but a 4-1 run would give the Toreros a slight edge at 15-11. Although the Waves continued to play tough, they were never able to overcome the deficit and lost set one 25-22.
Pepperdine and San Diego continued the tug-of-war battle in the second set, as both teams battled for control. Knotted up at 16, Orozco registered a kill and an ace on consecutive points to prompt a Torero timeout, but Brown brought the score back to even with a pair of kills. The set would be tied up five more times until back-to-back Orozco kills would clinch it for Pepperdine, 25-23.
The Waves catapulted themselves into the lead in the pivotal third stanza and went up 16-8 after scoring five unanswered points with Orozco at the service line. Although the Toreros would narrow the gap to three points, Pepperdine held on for the 25-22 win to take a 2-1 lead into the locker room.
Larsen was a force on the offensive front in set three, registering five kills on seven errorless attempts.
Although the Toreros took an early lead 4-1 in set four, the Waves answered and eventually went ahead at 8-7 following back-to-back kills courtesy of Orozco. Pepperdine did not stay out in front for long, however, as San Diego fought to stay in the set. Tied at 14, USD scored three unanswered points to build a big enough cushion and win 25-19 to force a fifth and final set.
The Toreros came on fast and strong in the deciding stanza, and opened the fifth with a 6-1 scoring run. The Waves never recovered from the early setback and bowed out 15-5.
The last road trip of the regular season is scheduled for next week, when Pepperdine first faces neighboring Loyola Marymount on Thursday, Nov. 8. The Waves wrap the week at San Francisco on Saturday, Nov. 10.