News courtesy Sarah Otteman, Pepperdine Athletics
HONOLULU, Hawai’i – The 2nd-ranked Pepperdine beach volleyball team stretch its winning streak to 16-consecutive matches with victories over Cal Poly and 6th-ranked Hawai’i at the Ching Complex on Friday afternoon.
The Waves opened the day with a 5-0 sweep over the Mustangs (10-13) before battling the Rainbow Wahine (18-5) for a 3-2 victory. Pepperdine now holds a 17-1 overall record, with a 9-1 record against ranked opposition.
In the first match-up, the Waves won on all five courts, with the first four matches on courts two through five earned by straight-set victories and the win on one ending after a three-set battle.
Senior Sarah Seiber (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Cathedral Catholic HS/Arizona) and sophomore Kaity Bailey (Ojai, Calif./Villanova Preparatory School) began the winning ways in the No. 5-position for Pepperdine, as the pair defeated Dora Bellin and Holland Boege with a 21-13, 22-20 final mark to pull ahead early.
Sophomore Anika Wilson (Santa Barbara, Calif./San Marcos HS) and freshman Deahna Kraft (Seattle, Wash./Garfield HS) then put the team in a position to clinch from the No. 4-slot, besting Brayden and Taylor Gruenewald with a 21-13, 21-17 final mark.
Pepperdine’s No. 3-pair Skylar Caputo (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS) andHeidi Dyer (San Clemente, Calif./Saddleback Valley Christian HS) would do the honors for the Waves with the clinching 21-14, 21-15 victory over Raeann Greisen and Heather Pembroke.
With the match clinched, the final two positions went into action with 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) facing Taylor Nelson and Aidee Van Winden and the Waves’ No. 1-pair, senior Delaney Knudsen (Valencia, Calif./Valencia HS) and sophomore Madalyn Roh (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral HS) going up against Hannah Hubbard and Emily Sonny.
Quiggle and Howard won the first set 21-19 and then had to go point-to-point in the second en route to an impressive 37-35 second set victory to put the Waves up 4-0. Roh and Knudsen fell in the first set, 18-21, but won the second 21-19 to send the match to a third. The pair then quickly posted a 15-11 third set victory to complete the sweep for Pepperdine.
To start the second match, Pepperdine pulled ahead 2-0 early with wins on courts five and three, before the Rainbow Wahine amassed a victory on court four. Then, the Waves No. 2-pair Quiggle and Howard clinched the match to make it 16-wins in a row for the Waves.
Bailey and Seiber took down Hannah Zalopaney and Amy Ozee with a 21-16, 21-17 final mark in the No. 5-position. Dyer and Caputo then downed Emily Maglio and Laurel Weaver with a 21-14, 21-16 result to put the Waves in clinching territory once again.
Hawai’i then won the team’s first win of the day with a three-set battle on court four to make it 2-1 Waves and all eyes looking at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions.
Howard and Quiggle commanded the court against Nikki Taylor and Ka’iwi Schucht, amassing a 21-18, 21-16 final score to clinch the overall dual for the Waves. Hawai’i finished the day by taking court one in two sets to make it a Waves 3-2 final victory.
On the exhibition court, sophomore Nikki Lyons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas HS) and freshman Gigi Hernandez (Dana Point, Calif./JSerra Catholic HS) also played Hi’ilawe Huddleston and Cyrene Hertzog, winning the first set 21-11 and falling in the second 26-28 before the match was abandoned due to time constraints.
Tomorrow, Pepperdine takes on both Cal Poly and No. 6 Hawai’i in another set of two matches at 4 and 7 p.m. The back half of the 7 p.m. match will air live on OCSports. Follow @WavesBeachVB for updates and check on PepperdineWaves.com for full results, recaps and more!
Dual 1: No. 2 Pepperdine 5, Cal Poly 0
April 7, 2017 | Ching Complex | Honolulu, Hawai’i
No. 1: Delaney Knudsen/Madalyn Roh (PEPP) def. Hannah Hubbard/Emily Sonny (CPSLO) – 18-21, 21-19, 15-11
No. 2: Corinne Quiggle/Brittany Howard (PEPP) def. Taylor Nelson/Aidee Van Winden (CPSLO) – 21-19 , 37-35
No. 3: Skylar Caputo/Heidi Dyer (PEPP) def. Raeann Greisen/Heather Pembroke (CPSLO) – 21-14, 21-15
No. 4: Deahna Kraft/Anika Wilson (PEPP) def. Brayden Gruenewald/Taylor Gruenewald (CPSLO) – 21-13, 21-17
No. 5: Sarah Seiber/Kaity Bailey (PEPP) def. Dora Bellin/Holland Boege (CPSLO) – 21-13, 22-20
Order of finish: 5, 4, 3*, 2, 1
Dual 2: No. 2 Pepperdine 3, No. 6 Hawai’i 2
April 7, 2017 | Ching Complex | Honolulu, Hawai’i
No. 1: Mikayla Tucker/Morgan Martin (UH) def. Delaney Knudsen/Madalyn Roh (PEPP) – 21-19, 21-15
No. 2: Corinne Quiggle/Brittany Howard (PEPP) def. Nikki Taylor/Ka’iwi Schucht (UH) – 21-18, 21-16
No. 3: Skylar Caputo/Heidi Dyer (PEPP) def. Emily Maglio/Laurel Weaver (UH) – 21-14, 21-16
No. 4: Carly Kan/Ari Homayun (UH) def. Deahna Kraft/Anika Wilson (PEPP) – 18-21, 24-22, 15-11
No. 5: Sarah Seiber/Kaity Bailey (PEPP) def. Hannah Zalopany/Amy Ozee (UH) – 21-16, 21-17
Order of finish: 5, 3, 4, 2*, 1
No. 6: Nikki Lyons/Gigi Hernandez (PEPP) vs. Hi’ilawe Huddleston/Cyrene Hertzog (UH) – 21-11, 26-28, unfinished due to time constraints