STOCKTON, Calif. – The Pacific women's volleyball team was defeated by No. 8 BYU Saturday afternoon at the Alex G. Spanos Center.
The Tigers fell by set scores of 25-19, 25-20, 25-16. The Tigers have fallen to 2-5 in West Coast Conference play, 7-11 overall. The Cougars are now 17-1 overall, 6-0 against WCC teams.
This weekend's opponents were among the toughest for any WCC squad to play with both San Diego and BYU among the nations top 25 teams. Despite nearly pulling out a five-set victory against No. 19 San Diego, the Tigers struggled to obtain the same momentum against a tough BYU block, as they were limited to a .098 hitting percentage.
Leading the team's efforts was Emily Baptista with 9 kills and six digs, as well as Ashlyn Fleming, who hit .385 with seven kills. Andie Shelton registered five kills, 12 assists, and four digs on the day.
Pacific snagged an early lead over BYU, but with a 5-2 advantage, the Cougars tallied six of the next seven points to pull ahead at 8-6. UOP kept within one-point six more times before BYU's Veronica Jones-Perry and Kennedy Redding came up with a huge block to give the Cougars their largest lead of the game (20-15). With BYU taking the next two points, the Cougar lead became too far out of reach for the Tigers as they fell, 25-19.
In set two the score was tied four times before either team had nine points. After four-straight attack errors by Pacific, the Cougars were able to pull away to a 13-9 lead. A service ace by Andie Shelton put the Tigers within two (13-15), but BYU then answered back with a 6-1 run that led to the set win.
The final set started out much like the two prior, but for nearly every point the Tigers collected BYU answered back with multiple, keeping Pacific at a comfortable distance. The Cougars largest lead of the set came following a kill by Tigers' Kaitlyn Lines that brought the teams within three points of one another. BYU won the next five points to pull away with an 18-10 lead. Pacific had one last push, with a kill by Skylar Wine and two BYU attack errors, but WCC kill leader Veronica Jones-Perry answered with back-to-back kills to give the Cougars a 22-15 lead that secured the match victory.
The Tigers return to the Alex G. Spanos Center on Thursday, October 26 when they host West Coast Conference-foe Loyola Marymount. At their earlier meeting in Los Angeles, the Lions took the match, 3-0. First serve for the Oct. 26 match will be at 7:00 pm.