Senior center blocker Rosie Ballo goes for a block versus LMU. The Waves have began WCC convention play undefeated by way of 4 video games. Pictures by Ryan Brinkman
Pepperdine Ladies’s Indoor Volleyball (12-1) defeated PCH Cup rivals Loyola Marymount College (12-2) in 5 units 25-23, 34-32, 20-25, 23-25, 15-12 on Saturday, Oct. 2.
With this win, Pepperdine continues its scorching begin to the season, incomes a six-game win streak and beginning off WCC convention play undefeated in 4 matches. The Waves had an general report of 36-16 towards LMU earlier than this matchup, with its earlier win this previous March in a victory that took three units.
“I think the beauty of playing in a great conference is you’re tested all the time,” Head Coach Scott Wong mentioned. “Really proud of our team for fighting and battling no matter the situation.”
The Waves drew first blood Saturday afternoon, as they received the primary two units.
The primary set noticed each groups buying and selling factors, as neither crew was in a position to achieve a lot offensive separation from one another.
It wasn’t till junior setter Isabel Zelaya scored on a kill with the Waves up 13-10 that the Waves offense picked up some steam.
Fueled by Zelaya and senior outdoors hitter Rachel Ahrens, the Waves went on a scoring run, rising their result in 17-10. The set closed with Ahrens touchdown the important kill, ending the primary set 25-23, assisted by Zelaya.
“Games can go either way, they can go up or down,” Ahrens mentioned. “But I think just pushing through those moments where we’re kinda low on energy and things aren’t going our way it shows that we are resilient, we don’t give up.”
The second set was the place the drama happened. A set usually ends at 25 factors, however it took the Waves 34 factors to overcome the Lions.
Sophomore center blocker Meg Brown acquired the scoring began by changing on a kill. LMU shortly responded by scoring 4 straight factors, two of which got here from service aces, taking an early 4-1 lead.
The turning level got here when the rating was 19-14, with LMU main the best way. Senior libero Madison Shields racked up an ace and Pepperdine closed the hole 19-17, making an attempt to mount a comeback.
The run ended with a rating of 20-17 when LMU scored on a kill by senior outdoors hitter Megan Rice, which Wong challenged. Sadly for the Waves, the unique name on the ground stood.
“I think we do a good job of working through those kind of undisciplined moments and then coming back together as a team and be disciplined,” Shields mentioned.
The match elevated its depth at this level, as each groups traded factors but once more.
Each time it appeared just like the Waves have been gaining some momentum offensively, the Lions at all times had a solution, whether or not it got here from a service error or a kill. The Waves simply couldn’t draw back.
LMU freshman outdoors hitter Kari Geissberger scored on a kill, edging LMU’s result in 26-25. Wong instantly approached the referee, and after a lot debate, he determined to not use his second problem.
“The same player touched the ball twice and that’s something [that] isn’t challengeable,” Wong mentioned. “So that’s when I decided not [to use the challenge] because she ruled it that it was not challengeable.”
The NCAA determined to experiment with replay methods this 12 months so as to enhance the accuracy of calls and to see if any guidelines must be adjusted. Coaches can have two challenges as soon as the match begins, but when the match finally ends up going to a fifth set, they may have a further problem, though there are some particular guidelines that aren’t challengeable.
Lastly, with the rating tied at 32, LMU dedicated a service error and assault error and the Waves got here out victorious. LMU made a complete of 33 errors in the course of the sport.
With the Waves taking management of the primary two units, LMU returned the favor with their backs towards the wall.
LMU got here out firing within the third and was in a position to rating six straight factors throughout one stretch, which included 5 assault errors from Pepperdine and one kill by Geissberger, rising LMU’s lead from 11-11 to 17-11. Pepperdine couldn’t recuperate from that assault, and resulting from their errors, misplaced the set.
The Waves weren’t frightened. Wong mentioned they trusted their teammates and the defensive effort that they’ve labored on all season lengthy.
“There’s a group of 17 young ladies that just love volleyball,” Wong mentioned. “I think it’s them looking at each other in the eye saying ‘You got this’ and then getting back to work and working hard to build confidence.”
The fourth set had an identical really feel to the beginning of the sport, which largely included the groups buying and selling factors. Freshman outdoors hitter Grace Chillingworth had 4 kills within the fourth set, however Pepperdine dedicated six assault errors, which finally led to their downfall. LMU received the set 25-23.
“When we struggled during the second, third set, it came down to communication, and then we picked it up,” Shields mentioned.
The fifth set had extra of an offensive move for each groups. With the sport on the road, LMU struck first, popping out with 4 straight factors.
Pepperdine responded with a 5-1 run of their very own by way of a ball dealing with error by LMU freshman setter Isabella Bareford and two assault errors by Geissberger.
The set was tied at 11 when Pepperdine started to tug away. Chillingworth was an offensive spark all through the match and scored on an important kill. This was shortly adopted by an ace by junior defensive specialist Kayla Joyce.
“I feel like it’s a play here, a cover there, a dig here, and we’ve been preaching that a lot in practice that we need to stay disciplined,” Wong mentioned. “We need to keep on working, we need to keep on grinding and to our credit we did.”
Ahrens and Brown accompanied the offensive with a kill and ace, respectively. The match ended with an error by Geissberger.
The Waves celebrated, however LMU Head Coach Aaron Mansfield determined to make use of his remaining problem. As the gang held their breath, the Waves rejoiced as the unique name stood they usually got here out victorious.
“I thought we defended, blocked really well, I’d give us an A for that,” Wong mentioned. “I felt like that was our strength tonight and I’m proud of our team for doing those things.”
Ahrens and Chillingworth completed the match with 18 kills a bit. Zeyala led the crew with 48 assists and Shields contributed with 23 digs. Senior center blocker Rosie Ballo had an environment friendly night time as effectively with eight kills.
The Waves will journey to Stockton, Calif., to face College of the Pacific (6-10) on Thursday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m., PDT.
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