Pepperdine Sweeps San Francisco on the Road
Hannah Frohling led the Waves with 13 kills on top of a .400 hitting percentage.
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — The Pepperdine women’s volleyball team, fueled by a .300 hitting percentage, swept San Francisco at the War Memorial Gym this Thursday night. Freshman Hannah Frohling led the Waves with 13 kills.
Pepperdine (8-11, 2-5 WCC) had one of the team’s best offensive outputs of the season with a .300 hitting percentage after tabbing 43 kills with only 13 errors on 100 attempts. The team also produced five aces, 52 digs and five block solos throughout the night. The Waves also kept the Dons (4-16, 0-7 WCC) to a .075 attack output with 27 kills and 19 errors on 106 swings. USF was able to post five aces and 6.0 team blocks, including five solos as well.
Frohling (Edmond, Okla./Edmond North HS) amassed a high .400 hitting percentage after tabbing only three errors with her 13 kills on 25 swings against the Dons. Sophomores Heidi Dyer (San Clemente, Calif./Saddleback Valley Christian) and Jenna Tunnell (Phoenix, Ariz./Desert Vista HS) led the Waves in playmaking duties with 19 and 13 assists respectively. Dyer added nine digs, an ace and four kills, while Tunnell produced six digs and an ace as well.
Sophomore Nikki Lyons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas HS) tied her career-best three ace performance, while producing seven digs and five kills. Sophomore Tarah Wylie (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral) and freshman Jasmine Gross (Portland, Ore./Jesuit HS) were also instrumental. Wylie tabbed three block solos and nine kills on a .500 swing performance, and Gross picked up a .667 attack percentage with a 6-0-9 outing on the offensive.
Freshman Hana Lishman (Kailua, Hawai’i/Punahou School) led Pepperdine with 14 digs and junior Ashley Morgan (Anaheim Hills, Calif./Canyon HS) was good for nine digs as well.
The Waves and Dons started the match neck-and-neck towards the 6-6 mark, before Pepperdine pulled away with a strong service output from Dyer including six successful serves and one ace to put the Waves up 11-6. Pepperdine continued to maintain the advantage throughout the remainder of the set en route to a 19-10 advantage down the home stretch. In the final set points, Frohling propelled the Waves to the 25-16 victory with three kills to give the team the first advantage on the night.
Pepperdine and San Francisco were close throughout the second set, as the teams worked point-for-point. The Dons went ahead 10-7 with a service ace against the Waves, but Pepperdine refused to roll over and tied the match 10-10. After a 14-14 tie, the Waves gradually started gaining momentum and with back-to-back aces by Lyons and an ace from Tunnell, the team was looking at a 21-17 lead. The Dons had a late attempt to play back into the set, but the Waves shut the door and went up 2-0 on the night with a 25-19 win.
San Francisco came out strong in the third set, amassing a 7-3 lead over Pepperdine in an attempt to gain the edge. The Waves had no let-up though, and with Lishman at the service line, the team tied the match 8-8 and overcame to take the lead 12-8. Pepperdine maintained a steady lead throughout and continued to produce points en route to a 25-19 final set win to complete the sweep.
The Waves continue the northern road trip with Santa Clara on Saturday, October 15 at 1 p.m. (PT). Find live stats and stream here: http://gowav.es/2bT5hVh. Follow the Waves on Facebook and Twitter @WavesVolleyball for immediate updates, recaps and more.