MALIBU, Calif. — Pepperdine defeated North Carolina to advance to the third round for the seventh time since 1998 and first since the 2005 season. The Waves topped the Tar Heels in consecutive sets.
Kim Hill led the way with 13 kills. Katie Messing followed with eight put aways, while Victoria Adelhelm and Kellie Woolever chipped in seven apiece.
Overall, Pepperdine maintained control of the match with a .398 hitting percentage.
The Waves controlled the rhythm of the first frame versus UNC, hitting a blazing .448 hitting percentage. Hill got six kills on 12 attempts, while Robinson tallied six digs to give her team plenty of offensive opportunities.
North Carolina (24-9) pressured Pepperdine in set two, and took a 13-11 lead, but the Waves quickly regained the advantage following kills from Hill, Messing and Woolever. Messing got three kills in the final four points to clinch the 25-22 win and put the home team up 2-0 heading into the break.
The Waves built an 8-3 lead to begin the final stanza, thanks in part to the stellar service of Woolever and Lilla Frederick, who logged two of her match-best four aces in the opening points. The Tar Heels eventually found their rhythm and took the lead 20-19, but the Waves remained composed and scored three unanswered points. Frederick put a ball away to set up match point, followed by a UNC attack error to clinch the match.
Emily McGee paced the Tar Heels with 18 kills. Her 14th put away of the match counted as her 1000th career kill.
Adelhelm tallied five blocks for the second-consecutive match, while Hill and Messing added two each.