Volleyball Faces #14 BYU, #7 USD In Final Homestand

Volleyball Faces #14 BYU, #7 USD In Final Homestand

Game Notes

Stockton, Calif. - The Pacific volleyball team returns to the Alex G. Spanos Center for the final weekend of the season as the Tigers welcome No. 14 BYU and No. 7 San Diego to Stockton.

Pacific faces No. 14 BYU on Thursday at 7 p.m. and No. 7 San Diego on Saturday at noon.

The Tigers will be looking for a signature victory against a ranked opponent as the third-place Tigers face the top two teams in the West Coast Conference.

Pacific enters the week with an RPI of 58, at 14-10 overall and a 8-4 in WCC play. The Tigers are undefeated against teams ranked outside of the top 100 of the RPI, but 0-4 against the Top 25 according to RichKern.com.

Andie Shelton posted her first career triple double against Pepperdine on Saturday, as she posted a career-high 11 kills with 26 assists and 10 digs. Previously, she had five double-doubles this season and 10 in her career.

Lexi Elman and Jessica Diederich also tallied double-doubles against the Waves. Elman turned in her 17th of the season (46th of her career) with 15 kills and 23 digs, while Diederich posted her first career double-double with 31 assists and 11 digs.

Last Thursday, the Tigers were down two sets to none on the road against Loyola Marymount and rallied to win, 3-2. Pacific hit .104 before intermission and trailed LMU 0-2 in the match, but the Tigers roared back to hit .341 in the final three sets, winning each. LMU hit .313 before the break, but Pacific held the Lions to .128 after intermission.

Thursday, Pacific will look to avenge a loss in Provo to BYU, as the Tigers take on Cougars team that is 20-3 on the year, and 9-2 in the WCC after last week's win over San Diego. Thursday is Military Appreciation Night, as all active and retired military personnel receive complementary admission to the match.

On Saturday, the Tigers will celebrate Senior Day, as Lexi Elman and Alicja Wilk play their final regular season home game. With six matches of the regular season remaining, Elman ranks fifth all-time at Pacific with 1265 digs, 14th in Pacific history with 1213 kills, 13th in kills per set at 3.08, 19th in service aces with 113, and 17th in points (1401) and 14th in points per set with 3.56. Wilk ranks 20th in assisted blocks with 240 and total blocks with 280, while ranking 17th in Pacific history with 0.86 blocks per set.

The Toreros and Tigers meet in the Spanos Center after San Diego won the earlier matchup 3-2 at Jenny Craig Pavilion on Oct. 6.  The five-set loss at No. 5 San Diego was a tough pill to swallow as the Tigers out-hit the Toreros .281 to .235, had two more kills and five less errors; out-blocked USD 14.5 to 7, had five fewer blocking errors, held a 38-35 digs advantage and recorded 11 aces to USD's three. The player points totals went 83.5 to 66 in Pacific's favor. Yet, the Toreros escaped, 25-21, 18-25, 25-19, 22-25, 15-12.

Both matches will be available on TheW.tv, the West Coast Conference online network, for free in HD.