Women’s Volleyball Snaps Losing Streak

Women’s Volleyball Snaps Losing Streak

             The Tigers hosted Pepperdine and  Loyola Marymount University (LMU) this past weekend in the heat of conference play. Pacific suffered their first loss at home of the season to Pepperdine last Thursday; however, they bounced back and took down the Lions from Loyola Marymount on Saturday evening.
              Leading Pacific right off the bat, Anne-Sophie Bauer ’16 tallied three kills to aid in the Tiger’s attack on the Waves. Alicja Wilk ’17 added to the aggressive play with two kills of her own and a block to help put Pacific over Pepperdine, 15-10. Bauer added two more kills in the finale of the set to give the Tigers their “run-away” with the first set, 25-17.
             Moving into the second set, the Waves brought on their revenge and went 5-for-5 from the get-go. Pacific began trailing by five nearly halfway through the set, but rallied back to bring the score within two. Pepperdine shattered any hopes of Pacific taking the second set by dominating with five more points and taking control of the match-up. Pepperdine came out on top, 25-19.
             The Tigers built a five-point lead early on in the third set—bouncing back from their second set woes. However, a questionable call reversed their points down to a three-point lead, and sucked the momentum from Pacific. The Tigers struggled to bounce back from the call and let the Waves tie the game at 14. Halfway through the set, they were able to shake off the remnants of the call, and use that as a driving force to take the victory of the set. Bauer posted five kills in the third set to put
Pacific up 25-21.
             The fourth set proved to be the biggest tug of war between the two squads. Pacific had a four-point lead at various points throughout the frame. However, they found themselves struggling to keep the lead Tied at 19, Pepperdine caught Pacific off guard and took a 3-0 run to close out the set, 25-23.
             The fifth and final set of the match-up proved to be just as close as the rest, with Pacific taking an early lead but watching it slip away with a late onslaught by the Waves. Pepperdine ran away with the last set, 15-13— improving their record to 9-6 for the season. Notably, a few Tigers had career-bests in the lost against Pepperdine. Bauer tallied a total of 17 kills, while Wilk had a career-high of 12. Gillian Howard ’15 also put in a lot of work, and reached a career-high 10 blocks.
             Moving into Saturday’s game day, the Tigers looked to rebuild from the loss and gain a victory against LMU. Pacific played in front of several alumni players, which likely gave them more of a will to win. The Tigers flexed their muscles early on in the first set with Howard making a wall over the net, and tallying another four blocks in the first set alone. The Lions were not leaving the Spanos Center without a fight, tying the game at 23 before Pacific added two points and ran away with the first set.
             The Tigers let down in set two, 25-15; however they bounced back immediately in set three. The two games played a game of tug of war, but Pacific ultimately came out on top with the victory to push them into what would be the fourth and final set. The Tigers opened the final set with a 6-1 run, and never looked back. They led by 12 points before taking the victory against LMU for good. Pacific won the last set, 25-15.
             The Tigers are back in action this week when they head out on the road, but they return home to host BYU on Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. in the Alex G. Spanos Center.

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