Pepperdine Falls After Tough Five-Set Bout at Gonzaga
Hannah Frohling led the Waves with a career-high 22 kills and is the first Wave to hit over 20 kills in a single match this season.
SPOKANE, Wash. — The Pepperdine women’s volleyball team went head-to-head with Gonzaga in the Martin Centre this Saturday afternoon, falling in a five-setter bout after 18-25, 25-23, 25-20, 18-25 and 12-15 final set scores.
The Waves (10-16, 4-10 WCC) posted a .260 hitting percentage and had three players in double-figure kills, including freshman Hannah Frohling (Edmond, Okla./Edmond North HS) who posted a career-best 22 kills. She is the first Wave to hit over 20 kills in a single match this season. Pepperdine also produced 8.0 team blocks, four aces, 68 digs and 66 total kills in the effort.
The Zags (14-9, 7-6 WCC) tabbed a .283 hitting percentage throughout the match after putting gup 68 kills, 66 assists, six aces, 74 digs and 14.0 team blocks.
Frohling amassed a .296 hitting percentage during her effort after tabbing only six errors along with her 22 kills on 54 total swings. Sophomores Heidi Dyer (San Clemente, Calif./Saddleback Valley Christian HS) and Tarah Wylie (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral HS) also hit for double-figure kills for Pepperdine. Dyer posted her 6th career triple-double with 14 kills on a .393 attack output, 25 assists and 18 digs. She ranks third in the nation and first in the conference in triple-doubles after the weekend. Wylie tabbed 12 kills on a season-high .571 success rate, while adding an ace.
Sophomore Jenna Tunnell (Phoenix, Ariz./Desert Vista HS) led the team with 28 assists and picked up eight kills, nine digs and two blocks including a solo. Freshman Jasmine Gross (Portland, Ore./Jesuit HS) led the squad with seven blocks, including one solo rejection. She currently ranks fourth in the Pepperdine record books for blocks in a single-season in the rally-scoring era with 130 after the weekend.
Senior Gaby Palmeri (Davis, Calif./St. Francis HS) tallied eight kills and freshman Hana Lishman (Kailua, Hawai’i/Punahou School) amassed 10 digs and seven assists. Freshman Jaiden Farr (Peterson, Utah/Morgan HS) picked up 14 digs and led the team with two aces.
The home team came out of the starting gate with energy, taking a small margin over the Waves early and carrying that momentum all the way through. After going ahead 16-14, the Zags went on a 6-1 run to produce a 22-15 lead over Pepperdine. Despite a 3-0 run immediately after by the Waves, Gonzaga came back to secure the 25-18 set win.
The opposition came out strong in the second set as well, earning a 5-2 lead to run off the momentum of the previous set. After trailing 9-5, the Waves had had enough and turned the tables with a 5-1 run to tie the set at 10’s. The Bulldogs and Waves exchanged point advantages and leads to the 23-23 mark, but were intent on evening the match and back-to-back kills from Wylie and Frohling did just that for the 25-23 second set win.
Pepperdine had the energy in the third set and burst out to a 10-5 lead with a strong service output from Farr, including an ace and three consecutive kills by Dyer. Pepperdine clearly had the edge and posted an 11-4 run late in the set to put in a 20-13 score advantage. Gonzaga posted a late effort to close the gap, but kills from Frohling and a solo rejection from Gross put the Zags down 25-20 and the Waves up 2-1 on the day.
After the break, Gonzaga came out strong in the fourth, posting an 8-0 run to start the set before the Waves would collect the team’s first point of the set with a kill from Frohling. The damage was done though and the Bulldogs tied the match 2-2 and sent things to a fifth set after winning the fourth 25-18.
In the fifth, the Zags came out ahead early once again, plastering a 6-0 lead on the board to start the set. The Waves battled back throughout and even brought the gap to just one at the 12-11 mark after blocks from Gross and Palmeri and a forced attack error by the Zags, but Gonzaga turned things around with a timeout and closed the match with a 15-12 final set victory.
Next, the Waves return home for a set of matches, first against Santa Clara at 7 p.m. on Thursday before closing up the week with San Francisco at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Firestone Fieldhouse. Find live stats and stream here: http://gowav.es/2bT5hVh. Follow the Waves on Facebook and Twitter @WavesVolleyball for immediate updates, recaps and more.