Volleyball news courtesy: Pepperdine Athletics
MALIBU, Calif. – The Pepperdine beach volleyball team won the seventh- and eight-consecutive sweeps at Zuma Beach this Saturday morning, defeating CSU Bakersfield and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with 5-0 straight-set wins.
The Waves have won the last 25 straight sets, and in the last eight sweeps have won 37 of the last 40 sets played to extend this season’s record to 12-1. Pepperdine opened the day with a commanding presence over CSU Bakersfield, clinching on court four. The Waves then dominated Cal Poly in the second match of the day, clinching on court five.
Against the Roadrunners, the Waves came out strong as the No. 5 pair of graduate student Tiffany Morales (Hermosa Beach, Calif./Redondo Union HS/Michigan) and sophomore Nikki Lyons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas HS), put down Sidney Wicks and Hannah Manzanares with 21-5, 21-6 results. Lyons led the pair with 16-kills, while adding five aces and one block. Morales was strong with four aces and 11-kills throughout the match as well.
Pepperdine’s No. 2-duo, graduate student Brittany Howard (Mountain View, Calif./Mountain View HS/Stanford) and junior Corinne Quiggle (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Ponte Vedra HS) then defeated Jocelyn Rodriguez and Madisen Busler 21-17 and 21-9 to put the Waves in clinching territory. Both Waves tabbed 12-kills and two aces apiece during the match.
Then, Waves’ No. 4-partnership was up to the task, sophomore Anika Wilson (Santa Barbara, Calif./San Marcos HS) and freshman Deahna Kraft (Seattle, Wash./Garfield HS) clinched the dual with a 21-7, 21-11 victory over Sarah Garrow and Ally Barber. Wilson led the duo with 13-kills, while posting three blocks. Kraft commanded the service line with six aces and added 12-kills and two blocks.
Pepperdine’s winning ways weren’t over for the dual, however and on court one, senior Delaney Knudsen (Valencia, Calif./Valencia HS) and sophomore Madalyn Roh (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral HS) bested Carol Grasso and Sara Little with a 21-9 first set and a well-fought 22-20 second set. Knudsen led the pair with 13 kills, while adding one ace. Roh was solid with 12 kills, two blocks and two aces.
Pepperdine’s No. 3-pair Skylar Caputo (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS) and Heidi Dyer (San Clemente, Calif./Saddleback Valley Christian HS) completed the first sweep of the day with a 21-5, 21-19 victory over Emily Lopes and Mattison DeGarmo. Caputo and Dyer each tabbed two aces, while Caputo led the pair with 14-kills and Dyer tallied 12-kills and one block in the match.
In the second match, the fight was solid on both sides of the net as Pepperdine won five courts in 10-sets over Cal Poly. Caputo and Dyer finished first with a quick 21-11, 21-16 win over Raeann Greisen and Heather Pembroke to start the second half of the day. Roh and Knudsen then dominated court one with a 21-7, 21-18 victory over Emily Sonny and Hannah Hubbard.
Dyer led the match with 16-kills, while Caputo posted seven-kills, five aces and a block. Knudsen led the duo with 15-kills and four aces and Roh was big with three blocks and 14-kills as well.
Sophomore Kaity Bailey (Ojai, Calif./Villanova Preparatory School) and freshmanGigi Hernandez (Dana Point, Calif./JSerra Catholic HS) clinched the overall dual with a 22-20, 21-15 win over Dora Beilin and Holland Boege on court five. Bailey crushed the offensive effort with 19-kills, while adding three blocks and an ace. Hernandez was also good for 11-kills and three aces for the pair.
Howard and Quiggle posted a 21-18 first set win over Adlee Van Winden and Taylor Nelson on court two, before gritting out the second set with a hard-fought 29-27 set two win. Howard dominated the offensive with a season-high 25-kills and five aces, while adding two blocks on the defensive end. Quiggle posted seven kills as well.
Wilson and Kraft closed out the day with a 24-22, 21-17 victory on court four over Savannah Niemen and Anna Gorman. Wilson amassed 16-kills in the second match of the day and added an ace, while Kraft dominated the net with four blocks and tabbed two aces and 11-kills.
Next, the Waves host No. 5 Hawai’i at Zuma Beach for a one-match dual onWednesday, March 29 with first serve set for 1 p.m. Follow @WavesBeachVB for updates and check on PepperdineWaves.com for full results, recaps and more!
March 25, 2017 | Zuma Beach | Malibu, Calif.
Dual 1 – No. 2 Pepperdine 5, CSU Bakersfield 0
No. 1: Delaney Knudsen/Madalyn Roh (PEPP) def. Carol Grasso/Sara Little (CSUB) – 21-9, 22-20
No. 2: Brittany Howard/Corinne Quiggle (PEPP) def. Jocelyn Rodriguez/Madison Busler (CSUB) – 21-17, 21-9
No. 3: Skylar Caputo/Heidi Dyer (PEPP) def. Emily Lopes/Mattison DeGarmo (CSUB) – 21-5, 21-19
No. 4: Anika Wilson/Deahna Kraft (PEPP) def. Sarah Garrow/Ally Barber (CSUB) – 21-7, 21-11
No. 5: Nikki Lyons/Tiffaney Morales (PEPP) def. Sidney Wicks/Hannah Manzanares (CSUB) – 21-5, 21-6
Order of Finish: 5, 2, 4*, 1, 3
Dual 3 – No. 2 Pepperdine 5, Cal Poly 0
No. 1: Delaney Knudsen/Madalyn Roh (PEPP) def. Emily Sonny/Hannah Hubbard (CPSLO) – 21-7, 21-18
No. 2: Brittany Howard/Corinne Quiggle (PEPP) def. Adlee Van Winden/Taylor Nelson (CPSLO) – 21-18, 29-27
No. 3: Skylar Caputo/Heidi Dyer (PEPP) def. Raeann Greisen/Heather Pembroke (CPSLO) – 21-11, 21-16
No. 4: Anika Wilson/Deahna Kraft (PEPP) def. Savannah Niemen/Anna Gorman (CPSLO) – 24-22, 21-17
No. 5: Nikki Lyons/Tiffaney Morales (PEPP) def. Dora Beilin/Holland Boege (CPSLO) – 22-20, 21-15
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 5*, 2, 4
No. 6: Braden Gruenwald/Taylor Gruenwald (CPSLO) def. Maddie Dilfer/Jordan Ferrari (PEPP) – 24-22, 21-19
No. 7: Braden Gruenwald/Taylor Gruenwald (CPSLO) def. Leanna Schroeder/Evanne Jimenez (PEPP) – 21-19, 21-18