Women's Volleyball Suffers 3-0 Loss to USF
Nov. 21, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO – The Pepperdine women’s volleyball team suffered a 3-0 loss to San Francisco on Thursday night. Despite the setback, junior middle blocker Samantha Cash had a productive match with a team-best 11 kills and five blocks.
The Waves (14-11, 8-9 WCC) fell by set scores of 26-24, 25-23, 25-17.
The Dons (12-15, 8-9 WCC) out dug Pepperdine 62-48, and made the most of their second-chance offensive opportunities with a .273 (48 kills-16 errors-121 attempts) hitting percentage. The Waves were only able to counter with a .165 (36-16-212) clip.
Cash (San Diego, Calif./Canyon Crest Academy) put down a team-high 11 kills for her ninth double-digit performance of the season. Defensively, she paced the floor with five blocks to bring her season total to 118, good enough for 10th place in the program’s single-season record book.
Katie Messing (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands HS) also reached double-digit kill totals with 10.
Kellie Woolever (Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS) had a solid night defensively, leading the match with a season-high 19 digs. Jillian Bergeson (Friendswood, Texas/Friendswood HS) followed with 11.
The opening frame was deadlocked from start to finish, as evidence by the 16 ties and eight lead changes. Although Pepperdine held set point 24-23 following a Cash kill, USF got kills out of Valentina Zaloznik and Katarina Pilepic on consecutive plays to take its own set point. A timely block by Pilepic and Malina Terrell secured the frame 26-24.
Although the Waves fell behind 9-4 in set two, the Blue and Orange clawed its way back to knot the score at 10-all. Tied at 21-21, San Francisco pieced together a 3-0 run and Pepperdine was unable to recover, falling 25-23.
After playing point-for-point in the first half of set three, USF found some separation after a 6-1 run put the home team on top 18-13. With momentum on their side, the Dons won 25-17 to end the match.
The Waves conclude the regular season at Santa Clara on Saturday, Nov. 23. It will be head coach Nina Matthies’ final contest after 31 seasons on the sidelines.