Waves Sweep Gonzaga on Senior Day
Nov. 17, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. – With a commanding .347 hitting percentage, the Pepperdine women’s volleyball team shut out Gonzaga, 3-0 on Senior Day. Lone senior Victoria Adelhelm delivered eight kills and two blocks to help lead the Waves to victory.
With the 25-16, 25-23, 25-14 triumph, Pepperdine improves to 19-11 overall and concludes West Coast Conference action with an 8-8 record.
Adelhelm (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Santa Fe Christian), along with her parents Ron and Heather, were recognized prior to the match. The middle blocker earned her eight kills on a .545 (8 kills-2 errors-11 attempts) clip.
“Our last conference home game is always bittersweet,” commented head coach Nina Matthies after the match. “It's really tough letting your kids go and you never want them to leave. Victoria has done so much for this program. She's been such a solid player in the middle and really epitomizes Pepperdine volleyball. We are really going to miss her indoors, but look forward to her have a great sand volleyball season.”
Overall, Pepperdine hit .347 (49-14-101) to maintain the offensive control and limited Gonzaga to just a .132 (32-18-106) success rate on the attack.
Kellie Woolever (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS) distributed 40 assists in the match, and picked up 11 digs to help the defensive end.
Off in the first set, the Bulldogs (9-20, 1-15 WCC) hung in with Pepperdine in the opening points until a Messing kill sparked a 4-0 run to give the Waves the 11-7 advantage. Pepperdine continued to set the tempo, and closed out the frame with five-straight points.
Messing gave the offense a boost with six kills in the first, while Orozco carried the defense with nine digs.
Gonzaga controlled of the lead in the second set from nearly start to finish. The Waves erased the early deficit and knotted the score up at 16-all, but were unable to take the lead outright until the very end. Tied at 23, Adelhelm slammed home a kill to tip the scales in Pepperdine’s favor for the first time in the stanza. Taylor Racich (Santa Barbara, Calif./Dos Pueblos HS) capitalized with another kill to secure set two 25-23.
Both Samantha Cash (San Diego, Calif./Canyon Crest Academy) and Adelhelm were a perfect 5-for-5 on the attack in the second.
It was all Pepperdine in the third frame, and the Waves jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the opening points. Although the Bulldogs climbed back within one, Pepperdine continued to be aggressive on offense. Up 21-11, Racich issued two more kills followed by one put away apiece courtesy of Cash and Orozco to win set three 25-14 and clinch the sweep.
Cash finished the afternoon with eight kills while hitting .538 (8-1-13). Racich registered eight kills and a pair of service aces.
The Waves wrap up the regular season on Tuesday, Nov. 20 with a 4 p.m. match against North Dakota State inside Firestone Fieldhouse.