For the sixth-straight season, the Wisconsin volleyball team has advanced to NCAA Regional play, downing Pepperdine 25-16, 25-12, 15-25, 25-13 in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Friday night in the UW Field House.
The first of the 16 seeds fell on opening day as FGCU upset No. 13 UCF at home. Three teams won in sweeps – Texas, Wisconsin and Florida – while three matches went the distance, with FGCU, Pepperdine and Baylor advancing.
Four players with double-figure kills and five players with double-figure digs propelled the Pepperdine women’s volleyball team to a 3-2 win in the NCAA first round against higher-seeded Northern Iowa, putting the Waves into the second round for the first time since 2011.
After spending the bulk of the 2018 season ranked No. 1 in the country, BYU volleyball swept the West Coast Conference major individual honors and placed five student-athletes on the All-WCC first team.
In WCC play, Loyola Marymount and San Diego won five set thrillers. #1 BYU took care of business by sweeping Gonzaga. In Malibu, Pepperdine swept San Francisco.
Lyndie Haddock-Eppich surpassed 3,000 career assists as #1 BYU won against a record Portland crowd.
The Pepperdine women’s volleyball team returns to Malibu this week to host Santa Clara and San Francisco in a pair of West Coast Conference matches on Thursday and Saturday respectively.
#1 BYU, San Diego, Portland, and Saint Mary’s all picked up conference sweeps Saturday afternoon. Pacific picked up a four set win over San Francisco in WCC play.
Top-ranked BYU, Pepperdine and San Diego each registered wins in straight sets over their West Coast Conference opponent Saturday afternoon to remain the top 3 in league standings.
Gonzaga highlighted WCC play with a five-set win over Santa Clara. Elsewhere, Pepperdine won in four while Portland and Loyola Marymount earned sweeps.