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.
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