Women's Volleyball Suffers 3-1 Loss to #13 BYU
Nov. 15, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. – Three Waves reached double figures in kills, but it was not enough as #13-ranked BYU defeated the Pepperdine women’s volleyball team in four sets on Thursday night. With the victory, the Cougars secured at least a share of the West Coast Conference championship title.
Jazmine Orozco (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood HS/Illinois) handed in a solid performance with 18 kills earned on a .311 (18 kills-4 errors-45 attempts) hitting percentage. Along with 10 digs, it was the junior’s 15th double-double of the season.
With a personal-best 13 kills and 15 digs, Kelley Larsen (Jamul, Calif./Christian HS) registered just her second career double-double. Additionally, Larsen paced the Waves at the service line with two aces.
Taylor Racich (Santa Barbara, Calif./Dos Pueblos HS) also reached double digits with 12 kills earned on an impressive 20 errorless swings for a new season-high clip of .600.
Although Pepperdine (18-11, 7-8 WCC) hit a respectable .285 (62-19-151), BYU trumped the statistic with a .346 (66-12-156) clip.
The Cougars, who won by set scores of 25-15, 23-25, 25-22, 25-21, are now 25-2 overall and 13-2 in the league. They square off with second-place San Diego (20-6, 12-3 WCC) on Saturday for the opportunity to take the conference championship outright.
Jennifer Hamson paced her team with 23 kills, followed by 15 from Kathryn LeCheminant. LeCheminant also contributed six blocks at the net.
The Waves kept things close in the opening frame, but tied at 12-all, the Cougars went on a 13-2 run to clinch the set.
Pepperdine began to find its rhythm in set two and built a 14-9 lead to take early control. Although BYU never lingered very far behind, and made a late push to come back within one, Racich delivered a timely kills to put the set away 25-23.
The Waves continued to control the match following intermission, and battled their way to a 12-8 lead in the third stanza. The Cougars slowly erased the advantage, however, and overtook the lead at 21-20 following a LeCheminant kill. BYU would not relinquish its lead and won 25-22 to take a 2-1 overall lead.
The two teams battled back and forth in the subsequent set and were tied late in the frame at 17-17. Four unanswered Cougar points would tip the scales in the away team’s favor, and although Pepperdine would string together a 3-0 run of its own, the team was unable to fully overcome the deficit and bowed out 25-21.
The Waves have one final WCC match this Saturday when they host Gonzaga at 1 p.m. Lone senior Victoria Adelhelm (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Santa Fe Christian HS) will be recognized prior to the match as part of Senior Day.