#8 BYU Tops Pepperdine 3-1 Ahead of WCC Showdown with #25 San Diego

  0 Bill Stadick | September 27th, 2017 | College - Women's Indoor, News, WCC


  • #8 BYU def. Pepperdine 3-1 (25-17, 18-25, 25-21, 25-21)
  • BYU moves to 14-1, 3-0 WCC
  • Pepperdine drops to 9-6 overall, 1-1 WCC
  • Attendance: 2,143
  • Box score
  • VolleyMob Top 25 (Week 6)

After dropping the second set, #8 BYU stormed back to defeat the Pepperdine Waves 3-1 before another capacity crowd of 2,143 at Smith Fieldhouse in Provo. Next up for the Cougars will be a much-anticipated, early-season visit to San Diego to take on the #25 Toreros on Saturday in a live-streamed match.

Against the Waves, the Cougars were led by a career defensive night from freshman middle Kennedy Redding, who recorded nine total blocks. Sophomore libero Mary Lake again anchored the back-row defense with 24 digs and junior setter Lyndie Haddock recorded a double-double (43 assists, 15 digs). As a team, BYU had a season-high 17 blocks and 60 digs, while junior outside Veronica Jones-Perry paced the offense with 23 kills.

“I thought our serving and blocking really kept us in the match,” BYU head coach Heather Olmstead said. “Offensively, the team took some great swings, and Lyndie (Haddock) did a great job getting the hitters in rhythm.”

For the Waves, sophomore outside Hannah Frohling notched 19 kills, hitting at a .381 clip. Her impressive performance also included 13 digs, six blocks and one ace. Junior setter Heidi Dyer also put up big numbers, recording the 10th-career double-double of her career (45 assists, 14 digs).

In the first set, Pepperdine fought back from a 20-12 deficit to close within five, but eventually dropped the frame by the 25-17 final score. BYU found itself playing catch-up in set two, only managing to get as close as 15-13 before the Waves eventually won 25-18. Tied at 18 in the third, the home team pulled away late for the 25-21 third set win. The fourth frame was also close throughout, but the Cougars again pushed ahead on a late surge for the 25-21 win.

Pepperdine hosts WCC rival, Pacific, on Thursday, while BYU travels to San Diego for its Saturday showdown against #25 San Diego.



Courtesy: BYU Athletics

Defense leads BYU to victory over Pepperdine in four

PROVO, Utah—A stout defensive effort pushed the Cougars to a victory over Pepperdine in four sets (25-17, 18-25, 25-21, 25-21) Tuesday night at the Smith Fieldhouse.

“I thought our serving and blocking really kept us in the match,” BYU head coach Heather Olmstead said. “Offensively, the team took some great swings, and Lyndie (Haddock) did a great job getting the hitters in rhythm.”

Kennedy Redding led the Cougar defense with a career-high nine blocks, and Mary Lake contributed 24 digs. Veronica Jones-Perry collected 23 kills to lead the team on offense, and Lyndie Haddock had 43 assists and season-high 15 digs for a double-double. Cosy Burnett added seven blocks in the win. As a team, BYU (14-1, 3-0 West Coast Conference) had a season-high 17.0 blocks to go with 60 digs.

Back-to-back McKenna Miller kills helped the Cougars take an 8-3 lead early in the first set. Pepperdine (9-6, 1-1 WCC) had a 4-1 run to get within four of BYU, down 10-6. A pair of errors by the Waves then moved the Cougars ahead 19-12, forcing a timeout from the Waves. A Miller save and Jones-Perry kill brought the match to set point, and another Jones-Perry kill secured the set 25-17.

Pepperdine took the early lead in the second set with a pair of blocks and a service ace to go up 6-2. A Miller kill brought the Cougars within two of the Waves, down just 15-13. However, Pepperdine steadily maintained its lead and won the set 25-18 following a pair of blocks.

The Cougars were down 5-2 early in the third set but had a 9-1 run to bring them ahead 11-6 from of a pair of Jones-Perry kills. Pepperdine chipped away at BYU’s lead after several kills, bringing the score to 18-all. A Cougar team effort, capped off by a Danelle Stetler and Burnett block, brought them ahead 23-18. A Burnett kill then closed the set 25-21 for BYU.

Consecutive Jones-Perry kills followed by straight Burnett kills moved the Cougars ahead 5-3 early in the fourth set. BYU maintained its lead with Miller and Jones-Perry kills. Pepperdine came back to tie the set 16 apiece, but kills by Miller, Taylen Ballard, Redding and Jones-Perry pushed the Cougars ahead 22-18. BYU closed the final set 25-21 with a Jones-Perry kill.

The Cougars face No. 17 San Diego next on the road Saturday, Sept. 30, at noon PDT, at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. The match will be streamed live on TheW.tv. Links to live stats and the video feed can be found on the BYU women’s volleyball schedule page.

Courtesy: Pepperdine Athletics


Hannah Frohling was solid with 19 kills on a .381 clip, along with 13 digs, six blocks and an ace.

PROVO, Utah — The Pepperdine women’s volleyball team gave 9th-ranked BYU a run for their money in George Albert Smith Fieldhouse on Tuesday night, but eventually fell 3-1 in a well-played bout. The Waves (9-6, 1-1 WCC) dropped 25-17 in the first to BYU (14-1, 3-0 WCC), but rallied for a 25-18 second set win to tie the match up. The Cougars closed the match down with a pair of 25-21 set wins.

Hannah Frohling (Edmond, Okla./Edmond North HS)) had a solid all-around match with 19 kills on a .381 success rate, along with 13 digs, six blocks and an ace. Nikki Lyons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas HS) and Alli O’Harra (Boise, Idaho/Centennial HS) also hit for double-figure kills with 13 and 10 respectively and Heidi Dyer (San Clemente, Calif./Saddleback Valley Christian HS) marked her 10th-career double-double with a career-best 45 assists and 14 digs.

Hannah Frohling: 19 kills, .381 hitting percentage, 13 digs, 6 blocks (1 solo), 1 ace
Nikki Lyons: 13 kills, 7 digs, 1 ace
Heidi Dyer: 46 assists, 14 digs, 1 block, 1 ace
Alli O’Harra: 10 kills, .259 hitting percentage
Jasmine Gross (Portland, Ore./Jesuit HS): 8 kills, 7 blocks, 3 digs
Ashley Harris (Petaluma, Calif./Casa Grande HS/Arizona): 8 kills, 2 blocks
Jaiden Farr (Peterson, Utah/Morgan HS): 25 digs

Pepperdine posted 59 kills with only 24 errors on 154 swings for a .227 success rate, while the opposition was good for 56 kills and 18 errors on a 158 attempts for .241 attempts. The Waves led the match with 56 assists, four aces and 72 digs, while the Cougars were good for two aces, 54 assists and 60 digs. BYU was solid at the net for 17.0 blocks, while the Waves posted 9.0 team blocks on the might.

BYU jumped out to a four-point lead at the 7-3 mark and maintained the advantage throughout the set. Despite a 20-12 lead late in the match, the Waves worked back to close the gap to within five at the 17-22 mark, but were unable to overcome the Cougars as the home team amassed a 25-17 first set win.

In the second set, the Waves pulled ahead early with a quick 3-1 advantage fueled by O’Harra and Frohling kills and followed up with a Dyer ace. It was a lead Pepperdine would maintain as the Waves buckled down and out-attacked the Cougars .167 to .020 in the set, allowing only eight kills throughout. The opposition closed the set to a two-point deficit at the 15-13 mark, but Pepperdine worked with the momentum and big block collaborations from Gross, Dyer and Gross, Frohling put the set away 25-18 for the Waves.

With the match evened 1-1, the Waves worked with the momentum off the break to go ahead 5-2 early. The opposition was close behind and took their own lead to a 14-11 advantage. The Waves continued to play hard, though, and tied the set at 18-18 with back-to-back blocks from Gross, Frohling and Gross, Harris. The Cougars had the drive at the end though and pulled ahead 2-1 with a 25-21 set win.

The opposition pulled ahead to a 10-5 lead, but the Waves were close behind and with back-to-back kills from Frohling and Lyons and a block connection from Gross and Frohling, Pepperdine tied the match at 14’s. Late in the set, Harris helped the team close the gap to two, 20-22, but the Cougars had the momentum and used it to secure a 25-21 set win and 3-1 match victory.

Pepperdine now returns to Malibu to host WCC opponents Pacific and Saint Mary’s on Thursday and Saturday respectively in Firestone Fieldhouse. The matches will stream live on TheW.tv.

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