MALIBU, Calif. — A late rally wasn't enough to boost the BYU women's volleyball team ahead of No. 20 Pepperdine, which ended the match with a 3-1 (25-16, 25-17, 22-25, 27-25) victory against the Cougars on Saturday.
A rough crowd greeted the Cougars (14-5, 3-2) in their quest to overthrow undefeated West Coast Conference leader Pepperdine (11-5, 5-0) on the Waves' home court.
"It was a tough loss for sure," BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. "I felt we battled our hearts out. We had chances to take the match to five sets, which is hard to swallow. You have to be able to manufacture point a point in those circumstances. They were just a little better than us today. We fought hard and now we just have to learn from this match."
Christie Carpenter led BYU with 14 kills on .297 hitting. She also had 15 digs, tying her career high, for her second double-double of the season. Jennifer Hamson helped out on offense with 12 kills. Libero Kendalyn Hartsock had 21 digs and Nicole Warner recorded six blocks.
UTES FALL TO WASHINGTON: At Seattle, freshman Chelsey Schofield and sophomore Morgan Odale turned in solid all-around performances for the University of Utah, but the Utes' volleyball team fell 3-0 at No. 3 Washington (17-25, 26-28, 14-25) in a Pac-12 Conference match Saturday at Alaska Airlines Arena.
Utah (7-11, 2-7 Pac-12) was able to limit Washington to a .183 efficiency on the attack, the Huskies' third-lowest mark of the season. Unfortunately, Utah could only muster a .081 mark. The Huskies also held a 10.0 to 8.0 edge over the Utes in team blocks. Schofield finished just two kills short of her third career double-double as she tied for team-high honors with eight kills, tied for second on the squad with 11 digs then led the way for the Ute defense at the net with four blocks.
Sophomore outside hitter Odale also turned in eight kills to go with 11 digs, which left her just two kills shy of her 13th career double-double and her fourth this season.
Freshman outside hitter Shelby Dalton was the third Ute with eight kills. The Moab, Utah, native posted a team-high .250 hitting percentage after committing only three errors on 20 attack attempts
UVU SWEEPS GREAT WEST MATCH: At Orem, Brookelyn Campbell tied a career-high with seven block assists while Chelsey Heaps drilled a match-high 12 kills as Utah Valley clinched its third straight Great West Conference win by defeating NJIT in straight sets (25-15, 25-11, 25-20) Saturday afternoon at the Activity Center.
"I thought the girls did an excellent job, we executed really well, and we met a lot of the goals we had set out pre-match," said UVU head volleyball coach Sam Atoa. "It was a great match and a good win for us."
NJIT (6-13, 1-3 GWC) seemed in control early in the match, jumping out to an early lead before UVU (13-6, 3-0 GWC) took over and reeled off 10 consecutive points.
Heaps made the most of her Hometown Hero day, leading the match with 12 kills and a strong .323 attack percentage. Jaicee Kuresa, Erica Nish and Sarah Clement each added eight kills, while freshman McKenna Tait achieved a new season-high with 18 digs. Campbell's 31 assists and 12 digs gave her a team-leading seventh double-double on the year.
T-BIRDS FALL ON THE ROAD: At Brookings, S.D., Southern Utah University women's volleyball captured the third set, but ultimately fell in four sets at South Dakota State on Saturday night. The loss drops the T-Birds to 4-15 on the year and 2-7 after the first half of Summit League play.
Southern Utah opened the first set with a kill by Hailey Moore and extended the lead to as much as four, 9-5, on a second kill by Moore. However, the attack stalled and SDSU put together a 10-1 run to take a five-point lead, 15-10, midway through the frame. The T-Birds answered with a 6-2 run, capped by back-to-back kills by Kylie Schofield, to trim the margin to one at 17-16. The one-point gap was as close as the Thunderbirds came down the stretch as the Jackrabbits closed out the frame with an 8-1 run to take the set 25-17.
SUU was in a ten-point hole late in the second set, trailing the Jackrabbits 20-10. However, the Thunderbirds came storming back with six consecutive points, punctuated by an Eden Van Orden block to cut the lead to six at 20-16. The run continued with the T-Birds pulling to within two at 23-21 on a Moore kill, forcing a South Dakota State timeout. The break ended Southern Utah's momentum as the Jackrabbits closed out the set with back-to-back kills to take the set 25-21.
The beginning of the third set didn't go as planned for the T-Birds as the Jackrabbits opened the stanza with three consecutive points. SUU battled back to tie the game at 5-5 and 6-6 and then used a Van Orden kill and block by Schofield and Cashaana Renfro to take an 8-6 lead. Southern Utah held onto the lead throughout the set, weathering Jackrabbit runs to take the set 25-23.
South Dakota State opened the fourth set with consecutive points and maintained the lead throughout the frame. The Thunderbirds came back to tie the set at 9-9 and 11-11, but the Jackrabbits answered at each deadlock and finished the set with a six-point run to take the match 25-16.
Kylie Schofield and Analaine Pelaez-Mailoto led the Thunderbirds' attack with 12 kills apiece. SUU freshman Davia Lee led all defenders with 25 digs as Pelaez-Mailoto also tallied 17 digs for her 12th double-double of the season. Megan Clyde-Toolson recorded a career-high 45 assists in her second start of the season as setter.
WEBER STATE STILL WINLESS: At Ogden, the Weber State University women's volleyball team, desperately seeking its first win of the season, came up two points short Saturday night. Despite three players in double figures kills and multiple season highs, the Wildcats fell 23-25, 25-15, 25-21, 16-25, 16-14 to Montana State in Big Sky Conference action at Swenson Gym.
Weber State dropped to 0-6 in Big Sky play, 0-18 overall with the loss, while Montana State improved to 2-5, 2-15 with its second straight win.
Junior outside hitter Bethany Wray had 22 kills and eight digs to lead the Wildcats, her third-highest total of the season. Freshman outside hitter Mackenzie Clark had a career-high 14 kills, while sophomore outside hitter Briana Wilms added 10 kills and four blocks. Junior setter Caitlin Penrod had a career-high 52 assists, a career high-tying 10 digs and four blocks, including three solo block. Freshman libero Shelby Earl had 13 digs and junior defensive specialist Michel Arave had 10 digs for the Wildcats.
SLCC WINS IN FOUR SETS VS. SNOW: At Salt Lake City, the fourth-ranked Salt Lake Community College volleyball team defeated Snow College in four sets to move the Bruins' record to 18-6 overall and 4-1 in conference play.
Defensively, SLCC had 12 team blocks led by Mayra Ramirez with five block assists. Mackenzie Fahnestock and Leyla Redondo both finished the match with a double-double. Fahnestock had a team high 11 kills and 11 digs while Redondo added 11 kills with 10 digs.