Oct. 9, 2010
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LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
LMU (10-8, 2-1) had its three-match winning streak snapped on Saturday when Pepperdine (12-5, 3-0) came into Gersten Pavilion and swept the Lions by scores of 25-14, 25-22, 25-15. With the road win, Pepperdine earned 1.5 points in the PCH Cup standings.
Junior Jasmine Rankins led the Lions in kills with 10 on Saturday night, while sophomore Felicia Arriola managed five of her own. The Lions hit just .106 as a team, and the WCC's top serving team in terms of aces totaled just two over the course of the three sets. Sophomore Olivia Bailey, who has averaged better than 10 assists per set on the season, dished-out just 19 assists in the match.
Kim Hill led all players with 17 kills for Pepperdine. She took 30 attacks and hit .500 over the course of the match. Opposite the Lions from the service area, the Waves managed seven service aces, including a pair from Kellie Woolever and Stevi Robinson. Woolever dished-out 33 assists, leading Pepperdine to a .355 hitting percentage as a team. She teamed that mark with a match-best 17 digs for a double-double. While she did have six kills, Brittney Clark did most of her damage from the blocking position, posting two block solos and four block assists, guiding Pepperdine to eight total team blocks.
Pepperdine earned a convincing first set victory at 25-14, benefitting from seven kills from Hill in the opener alone. The Waves also added three service aces, including a pair from Robinson. Woolever dished-out 14 assists in the first set alone as the Waves hit an impressive .545 (20-2/33). Rankins was one bright spot for the Lions in the first, collecting three kills on just seven swings for a .429 percentage. The Lions never led in the first set, as the two teams played to three tie scores, with the last coming at 7-7. After forcing Lion timeouts at 10-7 and 16-10, Pepperdine cruised to the victory on kills from Clark, Hill and Lilla Frederick.
The Waves earned a comeback victory in a close second set by winning crucial points down the stretch. Hill added seven more kills in the period. Senior Becky Stehling totaled four kills on eight swings for the Lions, while she and junior Emily Cheek both managed a block solo and two block assists. LMU held Pepperdine to a less potent percentage in the second at .235, but hit just .176 in its own right en route to dropping the set. The two teams battled to seven tie scores and four lead changes, as the Lions earned a 20-17 lead late on a Megan Nash ace. Refusing to surrender momentum, Pepperdine rallied to knot the tally at 21 before scoring four of the final five points in the set to take the period and earn a commanding 2-0 lead in the match score.
LMU could not get things going in the third and final set, hitting -.071 over the course of the period. Rankins connected for five kills, but LMU as a team managed just six overall. Victoria Adelhelm, who finished with 11 kills in the match, totaled six on seven attacks in the final period alone. After playing even to three points, Pepperdine scored three straight to take an early 6-3 advantage. The lead stretched to five at 12-7 before advancing to 10 at 21-11. The Waves never looked back from there, sealing the sweep on a Justine Hunter kill and a Rankins attack error.
The Lions return to action on Thursday when they host Portland in West Coast Conference play.