Tigers Open Three-Match Week Against Santa Clara

Tigers Open Three-Match Week Against Santa Clara


vs. Santa Clara (7-7, 0-2 WCC)
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 • 7:00 pm
Alex G. Spanos Center

Live Stats | Video

at Pepperdine (9-5, 1-0 WCC)
Thursday, September 28, 2017 • 7:00 pm
Firestone Fieldhouse

Live Stats | Video

at Loyola Marymount (7-5, 0-1 WCC)
Saturday, September 30, 2017 • 12:00 pm
Gersten Pavilion

Live Stats | Video (TBA)



STOCKTON, Calif. – A three-match week is on the docket for the Pacific women's volleyball team. The Tigers will open the week with a Tuesday match against Santa Clara at 7:00 pm before traveling to southern California for a Thursday match against Pepperdine and a Saturday match against Loyola Marymount. 

Tuesday's match against the Broncos will be streamed live on the TheW.tv. Links for live stats and video for all matches this week can be found on the Pacific Volleyball schedule page.

Pacific opened West Coast Conference play last weekend, finishing 1-1 with a five-set victory over Portland on Thursday night. Saturday afternoon the Tigers pushed Gonzaga to five sets, but fell short in the final set, 12-15.

Emily Baptista continues to lead the Tigers with 3.43 kills and 3.9 points per set. Ashlyn Fleming is hitting a team-best .388 and averages 1.13 blocks per set. 

Andie Shelton has been able to contribute in a number of positions on the court, averaging 2.45 assists, 3.6 assists, and 2.28 digs per set. Last weekend against the Pilots and Bulldogs, Shelton put forth two triple-double performances, which currently places her second in the NCAA. Against Portland, Shelton totaled 11 kills, 23 assists, and 20 digs. Saturday against Gonzaga the Stockton native totaled another 11 kills, 33 assists, and 14 digs. 

The team's two newcomers -- Kaitlyn Lines and Hanne De Schrijver -- have also been key to the Tigers' successes with Lines registering double-digit kills in her last three matches, including a season-best 15 kills against Portland last Thursday. De Schrijver currently ranks sixth in the conference with 9.37 assists/set.

As a team Pacific averages 13.47 kills/set, 12.72 assists/set, 13.68 digs/set, and 2.08 blocks/set.

Santa Clara faced arguably the toughest duo in the conference last weekend, falling in straight sets to then-ranked No. 9 BYU and No. 17 San Diego. The Broncos enter the week with a .500 (7-7) record and are led by Michelle Gajdka, who leads her squad with 3.31 kills per set and 3.5 points per set, while also contributing 2.29 digs per set. Kristen Mead paces Santa Clara's offense with 10.26 assists per set. 

Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount opened their respective conference seasons with a single match against each other. The Waves defeated the Lions 3-1 by scores of 25-27, 25-17, 26-24, 25-22. 

The Waves are at 9-5 this season, led by Nikki Lyons with 3.00 kills/set and 2.39 digs/set. 

LMU's Sara Kovac and Savannah Slattery lead a balanced attack, each with just over 3.0 kills/set. Defensively, the Lions' libero, Kristen Castellanos tops all of those the Tigers will face this weekend, averaging 4.04 digs per set.

Fans be sure to follow Pacific women's volleyball on Twitter (@PacificVball) and on Instagram at Pacificvolleyball.