VB | Waves Ride Defense To Sweep Gaels
Pepperdine had 11 blocks Thursday and held the Saint Mary's volleyball team to .149 hitting in a 3-0 WCC sweep
MORAGA, Calif. -- The Saint Mary's women's volleyball team fell in three sets against Pepperdine on Thursday, who played solid defense against the Gaels for a 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-20) West Coast Conference sweep at McKeon Pavilion.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Pepperdine (13-11, 5-6 WCC) led set one the entire way, but Saint Mary's (6-15, 2-9 WCC) didn't let the Waves get too far ahead for most of the set. The Gaels tied the opening set five times, last at 16-16, but a 5-0 run from Pepperdine and a 9-3 stretch overall closed out the 25-19 opening frame win.
- Both teams wavered back and forth early on in the second set, but Pepperdine surged ahead again with a 9-2 run to take a six-point, 18-12 lead late. Four kills, three
acesand a block powered the go-ahead stretch for the Waves, as they went on to take a 2-0 match lead with a 25-19 set win.
- The Gaels looked poised to win set three after going ahead 11-4 on an 8-0 run. Five Pepperdine errors helped push SMC's lead, as well as kills from Lindsey Calvin and Sienna Young. But for the third time in the match, Pepperdine sprinted to the finish with a 15-2 run that made it 24-17. Young tallied her match-leading 11th and 12th kills before Pepperdine finished the match with a 25-20 set victory.
NUMBERS TO KNOW
- Young tied Pepperdine's Heidi Dyer for the match lead with 12 kills. Morgan Hughes was second with 10 and a team-best .273 hitting percentage.
- Lindsey Knudsen and
AlexsaParker were both close to notching double-doubles. Parker had a match-high 29 assists and eight digs while Knudsen tallied eight kills and 12 digs.
- Jasmine Gross had 10 blocks - the most by any Saint Mary's opponent this season. Pepperdine totaled 11 blocks to Saint Mary's five. Hughes led the Gaels with three.
- The Waves' Blossom Sate had a double-double with 28 assists and a team-high 12 digs.
- Saint Mary's will continue its
home standat 1 p.m. Saturday versus Loyola Marymount. Tickets can be purchased on SMCGaels.com or by calling the SMC Ticket Office at (925) 631-GoTx.
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