Pepperdine Hands Volleyball First WCC Loss

Ashlyn Fleming (photo by Andrew Lee)
Ashlyn Fleming (photo by Andrew Lee)

Stockton, Calif. - The Pacific volleyball team suffered its first West Coast Conference loss off the season as Pepperdine invaded the Alex G. Spanos Center for a 3-0 win (25-16, 25-20, 25-23) Thursday.

Ashlyn Fleming recorded 12 kills while hitting .429 and posting three blocks. Lauren Cline chipped in a career-high eight kills on 13 swings to hit .538. But the Tigers hit just .137 for the match (33-19-102), while Pepperdine converted at .276 (40-13-98) and out-blocked Pacific 9-5.

Pepperdine utilized a balanced attack with Jasmine Gross posting nine kills, Tarah Wylie and Hannah Frohling each adding eight.

Pacific struggled from the pins, and fell to 3-1 in WCC play, 9-7 overall. Pepperdine improves to 7-8 overall, 1-2 in WCC action.

Pepperdine opened set one by blocking four straight Pacific attempts. Fleming got the Tigers on track, and after a kill from Baptista and a Pacific block, Lexi Elman brought the Tigers within 8-7. The Waves used a 8-1 run to seize control with a 18-10 lead. Lauren Cline and Baptista added kills for the Tigers, but the Waves closed the set at 25-16. Pepperdine held Pacific to an -.059 percentage in set one behind six blocks.

In set two, Fleming and Cline's early kills matched Wylie for a 4-4 tie. Baptista and Fleming provided kills as Pacific took an 11-10 lead. The Waves took a 17-14 lead on back-to-back aces from Nikki Lyons. Fleming tallied a pair of kills for Pacific, but an attempt off the antenna gave the Waves a 22-18 advantage. Lyons and Elman traded kills before a bad set provided set point for Pepperdine. Pacific hit .212 in set two, but still fell behind 2-0.

Fleming's two kills and a block put Pacific up 5-4 in set three. But the Waves tied the set off a soft touch over the front line. Heidi Dyer added a kill for Pepperdine before Cline answered back. The Waves went on a 4-1 run with kills from Gross and Frohling. The Waves lead swelled to 19-13, and after a a pair of kills from Cline, the Tigers made a final surge. Baptista and Cline posted a block and then a kill each to cut the margin to 23-22. Pacific tied it up on an error, but Frohling hit the back corner for match point and Gross teamed with Ashley Harris for a block to seal the win.

Pacific will be back in action on Saturday at noon as the Tigers play host to Loyola Marymount.