- #8 Washington def. Pepperdine 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-20)
- Washington improves to 7-1; Pepperdine drops to 5-3
- Malibu, California
- Attendance: 481
- Box Score
The University of Washington Huskies outpaced the Pepperdine Waves in their second match of the Pepperdine Asics Classic. Earlier in the day, Washington defeated Missouri State 3-1 to open the tournament. The Huskies led in almost every statistical category in their win against Pepperdine.
Graduate transfer, Marion Hazelwood, was the offensive leader for both teams with a 11 kill (.421) performance. Hazelwood, a senior 2016 AVCA All-America Honorable Mention, joins the Huskies from Oklahoma after completing her bachelor’s. Surprisingly, Courtney Schwan, the Pac-12 2016 Player of the Year recorded anemic offensive numbers with 9 kills (.038). However, Carly Dehoog and Destiny Julye, were able to balance out the attack with 8 kills each.
On the other side of the net, Pepperdine was led by Nikki Lyons’ offensive output with 9 kills (.080). The Waves also received a transfer starter to impact their lineup in setter Blossom Sato from Mississippi State. Sato contributed 21 assists, 5 digs and 1 kill in their loss to the Huskies.
Both teams play another match tomorrow to close out the tournament with Washington vs. Wyoming and Pepperdine vs. Missouri State at 2pm and 4:30pm PST respectively.
Courtesy of Washington Athletics:
MALIBU, Calif. – Eighth-ranked Washington completed a successful day-night double-header with a sweep of Pepperdine tonight in its first true road match of the year at the Firestone Fieldhouse, winning 25-23, 25-18, 25-20, before 481 fans. Earlier today in the opening match of the Pepperdine Asics Classic the Huskies (7-1) knocked off Missouri State in four sets.
Senior transfer Marion Hazelwood led the team in kills for the first time in her Husky career tonight, as she matched her jersey number with 11 kills on a .421 attack percentage, and she shared the team lead with seven blocks for 14.5 total points. Senior Carly DeHoogadded eight kills and hit an even .400, her sixth time in seven matches at .400 or better, and had seven blocks of her own.
Head Coach Keegan Cook was happy with the connection between Hazelwood and setter Bailey Tanner, who passed out 36 assists tonight. “That’s a piece of our offense that we’ve wanted to establish for a while, being able to hit quicks in front of the setter, and so Marion and Bailey did a great job executing repeatedly in the middle third,” said Cook.
As a team, the Huskies hit .219, with a few too many errors for Coach Cook’s liking, although UW’s defense held Pepperdine to just .074 hitting.
“I think we’re a good team, I think we need to aspire to be a great team,” said Cook. “Winning certainly has value, but there’s another level in this group and we’re still searching for it. We’re finding pieces each night. I think defensively we’re a little better than we were last week in terms of floor defense and opponent hitting percentage, but we’re still not clicking offensively.”
Washington had nine blocks but Pepperdine notched 12, however the Huskies had the edge in digs, 39-30, and served six aces to Pepperdine’s three, along with a 42-28 advantage in kills. Courtney Schwan had nine kills and three aces, while Destiny Julye had eight kills and an ace. Tia Scambray anchored the back row with 17 digs.
Sanders put down UW’s first block of the match for a 2-0 lead in set one. Marion Hazelwood put UW up by one with a quick kill and then DeHoog’s first kill made it 5-3 Dawgs. The Huskies forced a couple Pepperdine errors, with Destiny Julye getting most of a stuff for a 10-7 lead. DeHoog clocked a Tanner set on the right for 11-9. Schwan slammed through the block in serve-receive to get to 14-11, but the Huskies then surrendered four straight points to fall behind, 14-15, and needed timeout. A Waves service error tied it then Tanner’s serve was free balled over and Schwan converted for 16-15 Dawgs. Pepperdine scored two back but Hazelwood tied it at 17 with a quick strike. UW missed two straight serves but came back with kills from Hazelwood and DeHoog to stay even. Julye got a kill off a touch for 20-20 and Pepperdine used its first timeout. Out of the break, Schwan had a dig then turned to attack the Tanner set and she put it down for 21-20. The Waves then hit into the net for 22-20 and needed another timeout. A couple UW mistakes tied it at 23-23, but Schwan came through with an out of system swing that Pepperdine couldn’t corral for 24-23, then Tanner went back and hit a low float serve that the Waves shanked for an ace and the Huskies escaped with the 25-23 win. Washington hit .219 in the set, holding Pepperdine to .086. DeHoog had four kills on five swings with one error to hit .600, while Shayne McPhersonhelped out with five digs.
Schwan posted the first two points of set two and then Julye aced the Waves with some help from the net for a quick 3-0. Sanders put away a slide kill for 5-3. Tanner won a joust at net for the next sideout for 6-4. A spinless Schwan serve was shanked for an ace to make it 8-5 Dawgs. Julye capped back-to-back rallies with kills from the left to extend to 11-7 and cost Pepperdine a timeout. The timeout worked well as Pepperdine scored seven of the next eight points to take the lead, 12-14, and force UW into its own timeout. UW gave up two more points before Julye tipped from the back row to snap the string, and a Pepperdine error got it to 14-16. Washington got a block after somehow saving a ball that bounced all around the rafters, with DeHoog diving to get it up and Hazelwood bumping it back over her head into play. DeHoog and Hazelwood then stuffed down a Waves tip to get the Huskies back on top, 18-17, forcing the last Pepperdine timeout. DeHoog tooled the block out of the break to add one more before Pepperdine snapped the 5-0 Husky run. Schwan rolled one over and down for a kill to make it 20-18, then got the Waves into trouble and Julye put one away on UW’s first chance. A booming rejection from Hazelwood kept the momentum going to 22-18, and then Schwan delivered another ace for a fourth-straight point. The Waves made a passing sub but Schwan dropped another ace in front of the newcomer for set point at 24-18. DeHoog and Hazelwood roofed the final Pepperdine swing of the set to end it, 25-18, as the Dawgs closed the set on a 13-2 run. Julye had five kills in the frame while Hazelwood and DeHoog assisted for all five Dawg blocks in the set and Schwan served three aces.
Hazelwood had an early kill and a string of Pepperdine errors gave UW the 5-2 lead. Scambray bump set to DeHoog for a right side bomb to push it to 7-3. Scambray had a flying one-handed dig to extend a rally that DeHoog killed to make it 8-4. Sanders picked up a couple kills and Schwan hit off the block and down to make it 12-8. Schwan then smacked down an overdig from the Waves for 13-8 and Pepperdine called for time. A Tanner serve got Pepperdine in trouble and Hazelwood and DeHoog met for another rejection to make it 15-9. The Huskies got aced twice in a row as the lead shrunk to three, but Scambray nailed the next pass and Hazelwood killed a quick set for 16-12. But the Huskies hit two more out of bounds and the lead was down to 16-15, prompting a timeout. Hazelwood quickly responded in serve-receive with her 10th kill to get the sideout. The teams swapped points for several rallies, DeHoog converting and Tanner dumping for a kill, then a Pepperdine error made it 20-17 Dawgs and UP used its last timeout. The Waves got the sideout but Schwan answered with a left pin kill and Hazelwood got a slide to drop inside the block for 22-18. On a Pepperdine overdig, Tanner stepped back off the net and took a full swing, and it found the floor for 23-20. A big stuff block from Hazelwood and DeHoog got the Huskies to match point at 24-20, and Tanner quickly stepped up and dropped a service ace into the middle of the floor to end it, 25-20. Washington outhit Pepperdine, .242 to .107, in the third, and doubled up their kills with 16 to 8. Scambray had eight digs in the last set and Hazelwood had five put-aways.
Washington will look to take the tourney title tomorrow with a match-up against Wyoming at 2 p.m.
Courtesy of Pepperdine Athletics:
MALIBU, Calif. — The Pepperdine women’s volleyball team fell to 8th-ranked Washington in a three-set bout in Firestone on Friday night, ending day one of the Asics Classic with a split day on 25-23, 25-18, 25-20 final scores. The Waves (5-3) downed Wyoming in straight sets in the afternoon match.
Nikki Lyons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas HS) led the team with nine kills, while adding two aces and four blocks including a solo rejection. Jasmine Gross (Portland, Ore./Jesuit HS) commanded the defensive net with nine blocks including a solo denial, and added six kills.