The Pepperdine women’s volleyball team remains undefeated in West Coast Conference; Beats Gonzaga

Pepperdine Waves Womens Volleyball

(Spokane, Wa) The Pepperdine women’s volleyball team remains undefeated in West Coast Conference play after closing the road week with a four-set win at Gonzaga on Saturday afternoon, posting an outstanding 17.0 team block effort throughout the match and keeping the Zags to a .036 hitting percentage.

The Waves (8-4, 2-0 WCC) fell in the opening set 25-17, but came back strong in the following sets with 25-15, 25-19 and 25-18 scores to take the overall match over the Bulldogs (4-9, 1-1 WCC).

BIG WAVES
Hannah Frohling (Edmond, Okla./Edmond North HS): 13 kills, .393 hitting %, 3 aces, 6 digs, 5 blocks
Alli O’Harra (Boise, Idaho/Centennial HS): 10 blocks, 3 kills
Rachel Ahrens (Trabuco Canyon, Calif./Tesoro HS): 10 kills, 1 ace, 6 blocks
Shannon Scully (Huntington Beach, Calif./Mater Dei HS/Utah): 8 kills, 2 aces, 13 digs, 3 blocks
Blossom Sato (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica HS): 36 assists, 2 kills, 8 digs, 2 blocks
Tarah Wylie (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral HS): 8 kills, .294 hitting %, 7 blocks (1 solo)
Hana Lishman (Kailua, Hawai’i/Punahou School): 9 digs, 2 assists
Julia DiBona (Los Alamitos, Calif./Los Alamitos HS/SMU): 6 digs
Madison Shields (El Dorado Hills, Calif./Oak Ridge HS): 6 digs

WAVES VS. BULLDOGS
Pepperdine dominated the net against Gonzaga, leading the game with 17.0 team blocks compared to the Zags 6.0.  The Waves also led with six aces and 44 kills on a .169 hitting percentage, while the Bulldogs amassed three aces and 42 kills on a .036 success rate.  The opposition led with 56 digs to Pepperdine’s 51.

PEPPERDINE ATTACK BY SET
Set          K             E             TA           Pct
1              9              9              34           .000
2              13           3              33           .303
3              12           2              32           .312
4              10           8              31           .065
TTL         44           22           130         .169

GONZAGA ATTACK BY SET
Set          K             E             TA           Pct
1              13           5              31           .258
2              8              9              34           -.029
3              13           10           33           .091
4              8              13           40           -.125
TTL         42           37           138         .036

NOTABLES

  • Pepperdine leads Gonzaga all-time with a 55-8 overall record dating back to the 1987.
  • Hannah Frohling has hit for double-figure kills in six matches this season and 46 throughout her career.  She leads the team with 3.26 kill/set and is tied for a team-best 16 aces overall.
  • Rachel Ahrens posted her sixth match with double-figure kills this season.
  • Hana Lishman has put up eight double-figure dig matches this season, with one above 20-digs, and 56 in her career.
  • Blossom Sato has led the Waves in assists in all matches this season including a career-high 59 in the home opener against Idaho.
  • Shannon Scully has posted 3.20 kills/set this season and is tied for the team-high 16-aces.
  • On the season, Tarah Wylie leads Pepperdine with 40 total blocks, including two solo rejections for 0.98 blocks/set and Alli O’Harra is also big time on the net with 0.91 blocks/set after amassing 31 blocks including two solos.

PLAY-BY-PLAY
Gonzaga came out strong to open the first set and amassed a 4-1 lead to start the match, but the Waves came back to close the gap at the 10-10 mark early on.  After a 13-13 tie, however, the home team once again pulled ahead for the advantage and continued on to a 25-17 set win.

Down 1-0, the Waves jumped out of the starting gate in set two.  Kills from Tarah Wylie, Alli O’Harra and Hannah Frohling in the beginning moments set the tone and Pepperdine tallied a 12-6 lead to pick up the advantage.  Pepperdine continued to pound down on the opposition and a big block from Wylie and Blossom Sato helped the effort towards a 19-12 lead.  Late in the set, the Waves kept on rolling and kills from Rachel Ahrens and O’Harra put the team in a position to close.  A final O’Harra, Shannon Scully block collaboration sealed the deal and gave the Waves a 25-15 second set win to tie the match.

Each side came out going point-for-point to start the third set, but after an 11-11 tie, the Waves took the lead and used the momentum throughout the rest of the action.  Big block efforts from Frohling, O’Harra, Wylie, Scully and Ahrens helped the cause late in the set and the team led with a 21-15 advantage.  Scully put an ace down the line in the final moments and Pepperdine closed the set with a Wylie smash to win 25-19 and pull ahead 2-1 in the game.

With the momentum on their side of the court, Pepperdine once again fired out of the starting gate in the fourth, working towards a quick 4-1 lead to set the tone.  The Waves eight team blocks in the fourth set alone helped the effort, including back-to-back Wylie rejections to put the Waves ahead 17-8 late in the action.  Gonzaga collected a few points late in the set to attempt to close the gap, but Pepperdine was resilient and a Frohling, O’Harra block followed by a final smash from Frohling earned the Waves a 25-18 set win for the four-set overall victory.

NEXT UP

Next, Pepperdine returns home to host #1 BYU on Tuesday for the next WCC matchup.  The match will air on ESPNU and the ESPN app. Follow the Waves on Facebook and Twitter, @WavesVolleyball, and follow the team on Instagram, @peppvolley.  Get all the most recent schedules, results and more on www.PepperdineWaves.com.

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