HONOLULU — It took the Kansas State women's volleyball team more than 10 hours to fly from Kansas City to Hawaii. Pepperdine needed 90 minutes to end the Wildcats' season.
West Coast Conference player of the year Kim Hall had a game-high 15 kills and five Waves' had double-digit digs in a 25-18, 25-12, 25-23 sweep of Kansas State on Friday night in the Honolulu regional of the NCAA volleyball tournament at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Kathleen Ludwig had 12 kills and Kaitlynn Pelger added 10 for Kansas State (22-11), which failed in its fourth attempt to reach a regional final.
"That was not our best effort unfortunately," Kansas State coach Suzie Fritz said. "When you get to this point in the season you simply need to play well."
The Waves (25-6) are 19-1 since losing back-to-back matches against Hawaii in mid-September.
"I thought my team executed very well tonight," Pepperdine coach Nina Matthies said. "Kansas State has had a couple of great matches and we were very prepared for them."
Kansas State's season ends just a week after pulling off the biggest upset of the tournament, knocking off No. 2 Nebraska on the Cornhuskers' home floor.
The Wildcats struggled to find that same magic on offense Friday, hitting under .100 in the final two sets and finishing at .121 for the match.
"When we were at Nebraska, it seemed like we were able to string points together and side out really quickly," said Wildcats setter Caitlyn Donahue, who finished with 30 assists and 17 digs. "Pepperdine put a lot of pressure on us and I don't think we responded the way we would have liked."
The Waves controlled the first set behind Hall, who hit .438 with 15 digs, four block assists and two aces. Hall, a 6-foot-4 senior, put down six kills in nine attempts and served four straight points after Kansas State battled back from a five-point deficit and made it 19-17 on a net violation.
One of those was an ace by Hall, one of three in the set for Pepperdine, which closed it out on a kill by Samantha Cash.
Pepperdine continued its fast start in the second set, forcing the Wildcats to call two timeouts in a span of three serves. The Waves went on six- and seven-point runs, matching Kansas State's worst set loss of the season, outhitting the Wildcats .310 to .044.
"We have won a lot of matches outworking people," Fritz said. "I felt like we were waiting for something to happen instead of creating situations ourselves."
After a 10-minute break between sets, the Wildcats came out tough in the third set, leading by as many as four at 14-10. Pepperdine battled back for a 23-20 lead before Pelger's 10th kill tied the set at 23-23.
Hall ended a long rally with a block that made it 24-23 and Kuulei Kabalis shanked Hill's serve, ending the match.
Kabalis played in her first college match at home since graduating from Kamehameha-Hawaii on the Big Island in 2009, finishing with a game-high 17 digs and two assists.
"I felt that we were just too tight (tonight) and weren't playing the way we usually play," Kabalis said.