STOCKTON, Calif. – In very exciting fashion, the Pacific women's volleyball team secured a weekend sweep at home after defeating Pepperdine in five sets (25-23, 24-26, 15-25, 30-28, 21-19) on Saturday afternoon.
Including Thursday's victory over Loyola Marymount, the Tigers improve to 10-14, 5-8 in conference play. Pepperdine falls to 16-8, 10-4 in the WCC.
In Case You Missed it:
- The Tigers narrowly out-hit the Waves .263-.250 in the first set.
- In a very tight set, the Tigers were able to break away for the first significant lead at 9-9, when they then went on a 6-2 run that put them up 15-11.
- Pepperdine answered back with three-spright points to come back within one (15-14) of the Tigers.
- Pacific scored on the next five serves to take a comfortable 20-14 lead, but after being out-scored 7-2 on the next nine serves, the Tigers found themselves with just a one-point (22-21) edge once again.
- At 23-23, consecutive kills by Kaitlyn Lines and Alex Holt put the set away.
- It was another tight set in the second, with a tie score seven times before either squad had scored 14.
- Following a kill by Pepperdine to make the score 14-12, Pacific won five-consecutive serves to regain the lead (17-14).
- The Two teams would battle it out the remainder of the set, but at 24-21 it seemed as though the Tigers had claimed the set.
- With two service aces and two Pacific errors, the Waves found themselves leading at set point. Hannah Frohling secured the come from behind set win for Pepperdine.
- It was all Pepperdine in the third set as they took a very quick 8-3 lead over the Tigers.
- The Waves would battle to their largest lead of 15-8 before going on a 10-7 run to finish the set.
- Pacific was held to a match low .094, while Pepperdine hit .276 in the set.
- The fourth set was a seesaw battle from start to finish with the Tigers claiming the set in extra points.
- After a 10-10 tie Pacific went ahead by three points, en route to a 24-21 advantage.
- Pepperdine rallied to tied the score at 24-24.
- Both team's went point-for-point until a final tie at 28-28. Following an attack error by Pepperdine, Kaitlyn Lines smashed a ball off the block to win the set for the Tigers and to force the Waves to play in their first five-set match of the season.
- The Tigers found themselves at a quick 8-3 disadvantage as a result of seven un-forced errors.
- Following the switch (8-3), Pepperdine continued to hold a five-point lead (10-5)
- Pacific battled back to a 12-12 tie after going on a 6-2 run.
- The teams matched point-for-point once again until the final two points of the game. Kaitlyn Lines smashed a kill off of the hands of the Waves libero Hana Lishman to put the Tigers at match-point (20-19).
- Jadyn Tubbs scored the winning point on a service ace.
- Alex Holt had arguably one of her strongest games of the season, hitting .571 with 13 kills and just one error in 17 total swings. In addition she totaled five digs and five blocks.
- Kaitlyn Lines smashed a team-leading 25 kills, her second-highest total on the season. She also totaled two service aces, eight digs and two assisted blocks.
- Riley Ramsey snagged a double-double after matching her career-high 20 kills and collecting 12 digs. The rookie outside hitter totaled a career-best 25 points on the day after also tallying three service aces and three blocks (one solo, two assisted).
- Jadyn Tubbs led all Tigers with 17 digs. Hanne De Schrijver and Riley Patterson each contributed 14 digs a piece.
- De Schrijver dished out a season-high 59 assists. That total is just two assists shy of her career-high of 61, which she recorded during the 2017-18 season opener against Kansas State on Aug. 25, 2017). The sophomore setter also had three service aces and five blocks.
What Coach Gibbons says:
"I thought the girls did an awesome job today. When you talk about results pay off from the process, we had a lot of situations this afternoon where early on we failed when it came to process and today we showed our growth and did a good job of focusing on one point at a time."
"We dropped the second set, early on in the season we did not know how to rebound from something like that, but we did today and we had enough confidence today to keep battling and battling until we were able to take the fourth set."
"Riley Ramsey and Kaitlyn Lines work hard, especially out of system. They are taking better swings, smarter swings, and putting themselves in a better position to be successful. A lot of it too had to do with the rest of the team, where they are under the hit and letting the hitters know we have your back and we will cover you. Our pin-hitters get a lot of the recognition, but the other players do a lot of things to put them in a situation where they can be successful."
"Alex Holt not only leads by being our captain, but by her effort alone and her energy that she brings, whether she is playing well or not."
"I think we keep our mentality for the final games the same, its about focusing on the process. I don't know that it matters who we are playing and that has been the reality for us all season. Our approach is focusing on one point at a time, focusing on the process of getting better, having a growing mindset that says can we get one percent better tomorrow than we are today."
With just five contests remaining this season, Pacific will make its final road trip of the season to the Pacific Northwest to take on Gonzaga (Nov. 8) and Portland (Nov. 10). The Tigers final three matches — San Diego, BYU, San Francisco — of the 2018 season will be played at the Alex G. Spanos Center.
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