Nikki Lyons Double-Double Leads Pepperdine to 3-1 Win Over Pacific

  0 Derek Johnson | September 29th, 2017 | College - Women's Indoor, WCC


  • Pepperdine def. Pacific 3-1 (25-22, 25-18, 18-25, 27-25)
  • Pepperdine improves to 10-6 (2-1 WCC); Pacific falls to 7-8 (2-2 WCC)
  • Malibu, California (WCC Match)
  • Attendance: 226
  • Box Score

Malibu, California – Playing in front of a home crowd, Pepperdine bounced back from their loss to BYU with a four-set win against Pacific.

Junior Nikki Lyons came up big in the match for Pepperdine as she was one of three players on the team in double digit kills with 10 and had the best hitting percentage of the trio at .318. Adding to her strong performance was 14 digs as she logged a double-double to go with three blocks and an ace.

Setter Heidi Dyer paced the Waves’ attack with 47 assists and was able to feed Lyons as well as Jasmine Gross (11 kills) and Hannah Frohling (17 kills). For Pacific, Emily Baptista led the team with 15 kills with Kaitlyn Lines (11 kills) not far behind.

Although plenty of players put up high-offensive totals, it was the defense for both sides that led the way. Gross notched 10 blocks for Pepperdine as Dyer wasn’t far behind with seven. Ashlyn Fleming for Pacific led the Tigers block with a dozen to pair with Katrin Gotterba‘s 19 digs. However the defense was a bit more sharp for the Waves as libero Jaiden Farr recorded 20 digs to add to Lyons’ 14 and Frohling’s 10.

Overall the strong individual efforts and a massive 17 blocks from both sides held Pepperdine to hitting .201, which was more than good enough to rise above the .137 that the Waves stifled Pacific to.

Pepperdine has one more home match for the week as they take on Saint Mary’s on Saturday. Pacific stays on the road in southern California but travels more toward downtown Los Angeles as they’ll be the road team in a meeting with Loyola Marymount.


Courtesy of Pepperdine:

Sept. 28, 2017

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Box Score

MALIBU, Calif. — Jasmine GrossHannah Frohling and Nikki Lyons all collected double-doubles in the Pepperdine women’s volleyball team’s 3-1 win over West Coast Conference opponent Pacific on Thursday night in Firestone Fieldhouse. The solid all-around effort fueled the Waves (10-6, 2-1 WCC) to a 25-22, 25-18, 18-25, 27-25 victory over the Tigers (7-8, 2-2 WCC).

Gross (Portland, Ore./Jesuit HS) marked her third career double-double with 11 kills and 10 blocks, while adding eight digs and an ace. Frohling (Edmond, Okla./Edmond North HS) led the team with 17 kills as she posted her seventh career double-double along with 10 digs. Lyons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas HS) was good for her 13th double-double with 10 kills on a .318 output, 14 digs, three blocks and an ace as well.

Pepperdine Logo BIG WAVES


  • Jasmine Gross: 11 kills, 10 blocks, 8 digs, 1 ace
  • Hannah Frohling: 17 kills, 10 digs, 2 blocks, 18 service receptions
  • Nikki Lyons: 10 kills, .318 hitting percentage, 14 digs, 3 blocks, 1 ace, 19 service receptions
  • Alli O’Harra (Boise, Idaho/Centennial HS): 8 kills, 7 blocks (1 solo)
  • Heidi Dyer (San Clemente, Calif./Saddleback Valley Christian HS): 47 assists, 7 blocks, 7 digs, 3 kills
  • Jaiden Farr (Peterson, Utah/Morgan HS): 20 digs, 1 ace, 40 service receptions
  • Ashley Harris (Petaluma, Calif./Casa Grande HS/Arizona): 7 kills, 4 blocks, 3 digs
    Pepperdine Logo WAVES VS. TIGERS

    The Waves outhit the Tigers with 56 kills on a .201 clip, compared to 50 kills on a .137 success rate. Each team produced an impressive 17.0 team blocks, while the Waves added four aces, 54 assists and 67 digs. The opposition tabbed 49 assists, five aces and 75 digs as well.


    Set K-E-TA (Pct)1. 14-7-45 (.156)

    2. 16-3-31 (.419)

    3. 13-5-40 (.200)

    4. 13-8-48 (.104)

    TOTAL: 56-23-164 (.201)

    Pepperdine Logo PACIFIC ATTACK BY SET

    Set K-E-TA (Pct)1. 13-8-48 (.104)

    2. 9-7-32 (.062)

    3. 16-4-35 (.343)

    4. 12-9-46 (.065)

    TOTAL: 50-28-161 (.137)

    Pepperdine Logo PLAY-BY-PLAY

    In the first set, the teams worked back-and-forth en route to 8-8, 10-10 and 15-15 tied scores. The Waves then worked with momentum after a string of block collaborations from Gross, Harris, O’Harra, Dyer and Gross, Lyons to build a 20-17 advantage. Pacific managed to tie things up at 22’s, but a block from Dyer and Gross, followed by a smash from Frohling put Pepperdine in set-point range. Frohling and Gross connected on the Waves’ 6th team block of the night to win the set 25-22 and put the home team at a 1-0 lead heading into the second.Pacific came out big in the second set, working towards a 9-5 lead early on. The Waves tied things up at 10-10 and in similar fashion to the first then went to a 15-15 and 17-17 tied score before taking the lead on a Harris, Gross block connection. In the final moments of the set, the serving stylings of Gross helped put the opposition off-kilter and a pair of kills from each Lyons and O’Harra earned the 2-0 Waves’ advantage with a 25-18 set win.

    After an 8-8 tie early in set three, the opposition put a few kills together to pull ahead and continued towards a 25-18 set win to extend the match to a fourth.

    The Tigers worked ahead early in the fourth set, amassing a 14-8 lead after a big attack front. The Waves were resilient, however, and came back to tie the set at 18-18s. Once again fueled by a strong service from Gross and kills from Lyons, O’Harra and Harris, the Waves took a late 21-20 lead to gain momentum.

    Pacific put down a few kills for a 24-21 advantage and three set-point opportunities, but Pepperdine refused to roll over. Back-to-back kills from Frohling brought the score to a 24-24 mark and three consecutive kills from the Waves, including two from Frohling and one from Gross earned the home team a 27-25 Waves’ win for the 3-1 match victory.

    Pepperdine Logo NEXT UP

    The Waves continue conference play on Saturday with a 12 p.m. home match-up against Saint Mary’s in Firestone Fieldhouse. The match will stream live on the Waves on Facebook and Twitter, @WavesVolleyball, and follow the team on Instagram, @peppvolley. Get all the most recent schedules, results and more on


Courtesy of Pacific:

STOCKTON, Calif. – The Pacific women’s volleyball team dropped a four-set (22-25, 18-25, 25-18, 26-27) match at Pepperdine Thursday night at Firestone Fieldhouse.

Pacific is now 7-8 overall and 2-2 in the WCC, while Pepperdine improves to 10-6, 2-1 in conference play.

Ashlyn Fleming highlighted the Tigers efforts, hitting .316 (8-2-19) and a match-high 12 blocks, including four solo blocks. Emily Baptista smashed a team-best 15 kills, while Kaitlyn Lines totaled 11 kills on the night.

Andie Shelton collected seven kills and six blocks to go along with her eigth double-double performance of the season with 20 assists and 17 digs.

Defensively, Pepperdine and Pacific were stellar at the net, each totaling 17 team blocks. The Tigers held the edge in digs, 75-67.

The Waves took an early lead in the first set, but the Tigers fought their way to a 14-11 lead. Pepperdine then went on a 5-1 run before Pacific had one last push tying the game at 22-22, but allowed the Waves the next three points and the set victory.

Early in the second set the Tigers rode a 7-2 run that gave them a 9-5 edge. The Waves answered right back, winning five of the next six point to tie the match (10-10). The set remained close until a final tie at 17-17 when Pepperdine went on a 9-1 run to claim the set 25-18.

Set three was all Pacific with Pepperdine only tying the match twice at points 7 and 8. The Tigers remained in control for the remainder of the game, nearly sealing the set victory with six straight points, which included three consecutive kills by Lines, to give them a 22-15 lead. The next three points went to the Waves, but two more kills by Lines and a Pepperdine attack error put the set away for the Tigers.

It looked as though the Tigers would be forcing its third five-set match in West Coast Conference play, but the Waves battled back from a six point deficit (7-13) to eventually take a lead at 19-18. With Katrin Gotterba behind the line, Pacific earned three points to give put them at set point (24-22), but the Waves overpowered the Tigers once again and closed out the match with a score of 27-25.

The Tigers will wrap up its road trip on Saturday at Loyola Marymount. First serve is at 7:00 pm.

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