Pepperdine sweeps Missouri State
Frederick tallied 11 kills and added nine digs to lead the Waves
MALIBU, Calif. -- Pepperdine opened the 2011 NCAA tournament with a 3-0 sweep against Missouri State on Thursday evening inside Firestone Fieldhouse.
The Waves (23-6) hit a .302 hitting percentage while holding the Bears (22-9) to a .139 clip. Lilla Frederick led all hitters with 11 kills and was just one pick up shy of the double-double with nine digs. Kim Hillfollowed added 10 kills, six digs and three blocks.
Victoria Adelhelm was responsible for several key points during the match, and tallied nine kills and five blocks.
On the Missouri State side of the net, Calli Norman paced the Bears with eight kills while Ashley Mason collected 17 digs.
Pepperdine got off to a fast start, fueled by three kills and two blocks by Adelhelm to give the Waves a 5-1 advantage. The Bears found their rhythm, however, and fought back to tie the score at 10. The Waves responded with an 8-2 run to take back control and went onto win the first frame 25-22. Hill led all hitters with five blocks on 10 errorless swings.
The second frame opened with a tandem block courtesy of Hill and Adelhelm, and the Waves never relinquished the lead the remainder of the stanza. Pepperdine won the set 25-21 and took a 2-0 lead into the locker room.
Missouri State fought the Waves points-for-point in set three until four consecutive points scored by the home team forced MSU to take a timeout. Although the Bears tallied a kill coming out of the break, Kellie Woolever answered for Pepperdine with one of her five put aways.
It was all Waves from there, as they built a lead as large as 11 before clinching the match 25-16 on a Hill kill.
WCC freshman of the year Samantha Cash recorded nine kills, four alone coming in the third set, on 18 errorless swings.
Defensive specialist Michaela Christiansen delivered a quality performance with 11 digs. Woolever did the same on defense, while managing the offense with 37 assists.
Pepperdine is now 15-20 in NCAA tournament play, including 8-1 at home.