No. 2 Pepperdine Sweeps Past the Competition at Zuma Classic

Deahna Kraft (31), Anika Wilson (14) (Photo by Roger Horne)
March 18, 2017

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MALIBU, Calif. – The 2nd-ranked Pepperdine beach volleyball team dominated the sand at Zuma Beach this Saturday, sweeping 10th-ranked Arizona State, Cal State L.A. and Texas Christian University to improve to an 8-1 record on the season. 

In the 15 individual pair Waves’ wins throughout the day, Pepperdine posted 14 two-set victories and had only one go to a third.

The Waves opened the day by crushing local competitors, CSULA 5-0.  Pepperdine’s No. 3-pair Skylar Caputo (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS) and Heidi Dyer (San Clemente, Calif./Saddleback Valley Christian HS) was the first duo to finish, posting a commanding 21-4, 21-8 victory over Cynthia Giron and JamieAnn Bero.  Dyer and Caputo each had five aces apiece, while Dyer led the team with 16 kills and one block and Caputo produced 10 kills.

Then, on court one, senior Delaney Knudsen (Valencia, Calif./Valencia HS) and sophomore Madalyn Roh (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral HS), bested Iona Lofrano and Lauren Gomez with a pair of 21-5 sets to put the Waves one match away from the clinch.  Knudsen led the pair with 15 kills and two aces, while Roh was good for 10 kills, two blocks and an ace.

The Waves’ No. 4-duo, sophomore Anika Wilson (Santa Barbara, Calif./San Marcos HS) and freshman Deahna Kraft (Seattle, Wash./Garfield HS) were up to the task and finished next with a 21-9, 21-4 victory over Daisia LaBrie and Taylor Kushner to clinch the overall match.  Wilson was good for four aces and 10 kills and Kraft amassed 13 kills, two aces and a block for the win.

Pepperdine also won the remaining two courts, first as the No. 2-pair, graduate student Brittany Howard (Mountain View, Calif./Mountain View HS/Stanford) and junior Corinne Quiggle (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Ponte Vedra HS) defeated Alma Serna and Kelsey Molnar 21-6 and 21-5.  Howard commanded the service line with four aces, while adding nine kills.  Quiggle was solid with 16 kills and three aces as well.

Sophomore Kaity Bailey (Ojai, Calif./Villanova Preparatory School) and freshman Gigi Hernandez (Dana Point, Calif./JSerra Catholic HS) completed the first sweep of the day with a 21-11, 21-9 victory over Sifa Faaiu and Caitlyn Bato.  Hernandez finished the match with four aces and 11 kills and Bailey was instrumental with 11 kills and two blocks.

After a one-match intermission, the Waves returned to be challenged by No. 10 Arizona State.  Quiggle and Howard began the second match of the day on court two defeating Oluoma Okaro and Madison Berridge with a 21-9, 21-18 result.  Howard picked up 13 kills, three blocks and an ace and Quiggle garnered 11 kills, three aces and a block. 

Then from the No. 3 position, Caputo and Dyer downed Cassidy Pickrell and Ellyson Lundberg 21-7, 21-11 to give the Waves a 2-0 cushion.  Each Wave produced two aces, while Dyer led the team with 15 kills and a block and Caputo tallied 14 kills. 

Shortly after on court four, Kraft and Wilson clinched the pair’s second dual of the day with a 21-6, 21-15 win over Katie Cross and Katelyn Carballo.  Kraft led the duo with 12 kills, four aces and a block and Wilson was solid with 10 kills and three aces towards the Waves’ effort.

The No. 1 Waves’ pair also finished in two sets, battling it out with Bianca Arellano and Whitney Follette en route to a 21-19, 21-18 victory.  Knudsen led the pair with 18 kills, while her partner Roh added three blocks and six kills.

In the final match in action at the No. 5 position, Bailey and Hernandez won the first set 21-17 over Sage Patchell and Mia Rivera before falling 18-21 in the second set.  In the third, both sides went point-for-point until the 13-13 tie when Pepperdine broke away to a 15-13 victory to complete the day’s second sweep. Bailey and Hernandez each posted four aces, while Bailey led the squad with 20 kills and five blocks and Hernandez picked up 12 kills as well.

The Waves closed out the day with the third and final sweep over Texas Christian University, a team receiving votes in the AVCA Coaches Poll.  Caputo and Dyer were the first to finish in this match in the No. 3-position, defeating Avery Arellano and Jillian Bergeson with a pair of 21-14 set scores.  Dyer had a big attack effort to close the day with 18 kills and one ace and Caputo tallied eight kills and an ace.

Bailey and Hernandez collected the second Waves’ win of the dual on court five, defeating TCU’s Claire Doyle and Shane Peters by a 21-11, 21-12 result.  Bailey added an astounding six aces, four blocks and eight digs and Hernandez tabbed nine kills and an ace to finish the day.

Quiggle and Howard clinched the dual for the Waves after posting 21-16 and 21-13 final sets on court two.  Both Waves had three aces apiece in the match, while Howard added 11 kills and four blocks and Quiggle led the duo with 13 kills.

Pepperdine’s No. 1 and No. 4 duos,Roh and Knudsen and Kraft and Wilson closed out the afternoon with another pair of two-set wins.  Roh and Knudsen downed Amy Neal and Jaelyn Greene 21-11, 21-14 on court one and Kraft and Wilson complete the full sweep with a 21-18, 21-19 win over Ariah Patter and Sarita Mikals on court four.

Roh was good for 13 kills, two blocks and an ace and Knudsen led the duo with 16 kills.  Wilson led the duo with 18 kills in the final match of the day, while producing one ace and Kraft posted 10 kills and led the duo with three aces.

The Waves also had two exhibition matches played during the TCU match.  Senior Sarah Seiber (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Cathedral Catholic HS/Arizona) and graduate student Katty Workman (Thousand Oaks, Calif./La Reina HS/Boston College) defeated Tyler Lucas and Bridget Odmark with a 21-8, 21-13 set.  Sophomore Nikki Lyons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas HS) and graduate student Tiffany Morales (Hermosa Beach, Calif./Redondo Union HS/Michigan) downed Jensyn Bledsoe and Jordan Terral by a commanding 21-7, 21-13 final mark.

Next for the Waves is a short trip to Northridge on March 23 to take on CSUN and Colorado Mesa at 1 and 3 p.m.  Follow @WavesBeachVB for updates and check on for full results, recaps and more!

Zuma Classic – Zuma Beach – Malibu, Calif.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
DUAL 1 – No. 2 Pepperdine 5, Cal State LA 0
No. 1: Delaney Knudsen/Madalyn Roh (PEPP) def. Iona Lofrano/Lauren Gomez (CSLA) – 21-5, 21-5
No. 2: Brittany Howard/Corinne Quiggle (PEPP) def. Alma Serna/Kelsey Molnar (CSLA) – 21-6, 21-5
No. 3: Skylar Caputo/Heidi Dyer (PEPP) def. Cynthia Giron/JamieAnn Bero (CSLA) – 21-4, 21-8
No. 4: Anika Wilson/Deahna Kraft (PEPP) def. Daisia LaBrie/Taylor Kushner (CSLA) – 21-9, 21-4
No. 5: Kaity Bailey/Gigi Hernandez (PEPP) def. Sifa Faaiu/Caitlyn Bato (CSLA) – 21-11, 21-9
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 4*, 2, 5

DUAL 2 – No. 2 Pepperdine 5, No. 10 Arizona State 0
No. 1: Delaney Knudsen/Madalyn Roh (PEPP) def. Bianca Arellano/Whitney Follette (ASU) – 21-19, 21-18
No. 2: Brittany Howard/Corinne Quiggle (PEPP) def. Oluoma Okaro/Madison Berridge (ASU) – 21-9, 21-18
No. 3: Skylar Caputo/Heidi Dyer (PEPP) def. Cassidy Pickrell/Ellyson Lundberg (ASU) – 21-7, 21-11
No. 4: Anika Wilson/Deahna Kraft (PEPP) def. Katie Cross/Katelyn Carballo (ASU) – 21-6, 21-15
No. 5: Kaity Bailey/Gigi Hernandez (PEPP) def. Sage Patchell/Mia Rivera (ASU) – 21-17, 18-21, 15-13
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 4*, 1, 5

DUAL 3 - No. 2 Pepperdine 5, TCU 0
No. 1: Delaney Knudsen/Madalyn Roh (PEPP) def. Amy Neal/Jaelyn Greene (TCU) – 21-11, 21-14
No. 2: Brittany Howard/Corinne Quiggle (PEPP) def. Molly Scheel/Haven Hill (TCU) – 21-16, 21-13
No. 3: Skylar Caputo/Heidi Dyer (PEPP) def. Avery Arellano/Jillian Bergeson (TCU) – 21-14, 21-14
No. 4: Anika Wilson/Deahna Kraft (PEPP) def. Ariah Patter/Sarita Mikals (TCU) – 21-18, 21-19
No. 5: Kaity Bailey/Gigi Hernandez (PEPP) def. Claire Doyle/Shane Peters (TCU) – 21-11, 21-12

Order of Finish: 3, 4, 2*, 1, 5
Exhibition Matches
No. 6: Katty Workman/Sarah Seiber (PEPP) def. Tylar Lucas/Bridget Odmark (TCU) – 21-8, 21-13

No. 7: Nikki Lyons/Tiffany Morales (PEPP) def. Jensyn Bledsoe/Jordan Terral (TCU) – 21-7, 21-13



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