Pepperdine Shows No Weakness with Team-Effort Win Over Loyola Marymount
Nov. 6, 2010
MALIBU, Calif. – A balanced team effort, both on offense and defense, led the Pepperdine women’s volleyball team to its third consecutive shut-out win tonight inside the Firestone Fieldhouse. The Waves improved to 17-7 and 8-2 in the West Coast Conference after blanking league rival Loyola Marymount, 3-0 (25-14, 25-19, 25-16).
The Waves earned a point in the PCH Challenge standings for the home win. The series serves as an annual scorecard for the NCAA sponsored athletic contests between the Lions and the Waves. LMU currently holds a one point advantage.
On offense, Brittney Clark (San Jose, Calif./Presentation HS), Emily Cook (Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta Valley HS), Kim Hill (Portland, Ore./Portland Christian HS), Victoria Adelhelm (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Santa Fe Christian HS) and Lilla Frederick (Huntington Beach, Calif./Cornelia Connelly HS) accounted for 41 of the Waves 44 kills.
As a unit, the team hit a healthy .311 (44-11-106) attack percentage, while limiting the Lions (15-11, 6-4 WCC) to a dismal .081 (28-20-99) success rate.
Hindering the LMU offense was Stevi Robinson (Hermosa Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS) and Kellie Woolever (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS), who prevented a combined 27 attacks from hitting the court.
The Malibu Roofing Company, a nickname that has often been attributed to the Pepperdine volleyball blocking front, kept the Waves in control of the tempo of the match with 12 total rejections. Clark tallied a team-best seven blocks, while Hill and Frederick added five and four, respectively.
At the service line, Pepperdine threaded six aces through Lion receivers, while allowing just two aces to drop on its own side of the net. Prior to this evening, Loyola Marymount led the WCC with 1.71 service aces/set.
The Waves sprinted to a 12-8 lead in the first stanza to force LMU to expend both of its timeouts. A composed and focused Pepperdine squad continued to dictate the set, and took the early advantage after Clark nailed down back-to-back kills to end the frame.
The home team carried the momentum into the second set, but the Lions threatened to take the lead at the midpoint. Two-consecutive kills courtesy of Alyse Hensley knotted the score, prompting head coach Nina Matthies to call a break in the action. A Loyola Marymount block gave the visitors their only lead of the match, but it was quickly erased with put aways from Adelhelm and Cook.
With just an 18-16 lead, the Malibu Roofing Company took control of the frame, returning five attacks to the LMU side of the court to give the Waves the solid advantage. A tag-team block from Clark and Hill put the 25th point up on the board for Pepperdine.
The third game played out much like the first, with the Waves controlling the set the whole way through. The Lions hit a respectable 10 kills, but could not overcome the .353 Pepperdine clip and bowed out 25-16.
Jasmine Rankins hit a match-best 13 kills for LMU.
Pepperdine gears up for its final road trip of the regular season, with contests versus Portland on Thurs., Nov. 11 and Gonzaga on Sat., Nov. 20. The following week the Waves return to the Malibu campus for a final showdown against San Diego and Saint Mary’s.
Noting the Waves: This was the 1,110 match in Pepperdine women's volleyball history ... With the win the Waves are 694-414-2 all time and 285-71 in WCC play ... Nina Matthies has tallied 527 wins as the head coach of the Waves ... This was the 64th meeting between Pepperdine and San Francisco… The Waves lead the series 48-16 and have won the last nine-straight contests … Stevi Robinson moved into third place on the Pepperdine all-time list and boasts 1,259 career digs … Emily Cook’s first kill of the evening was the freshman’s 200th overall … Kellie Woolever is 79 assists away from reaching the 1,000 milestone.