STOCKTON, Calif. – The Pacific women's volleyball team's five-match winning run came to a halt Thursday night as the Tigers fell to BYU, 3-0, at Smith Fieldhouse in Provo, Utah.
The Tigers (12-12, 7-6 WCC) fell by sets of 25-21, 25-17, 25-17. BYU improves its records to 22-2 and 11-1 in West Coast Conference play.
Despite the loss, Emily Baptista topped all players on the court with a match-high 15 kills. The sophomore from Hilmar led the Tigers offensive efforts, hitting .290 (15-6-31). Andie Shelton paced the offense with 17 assists, while also tallying seven kills and seven digs on the night.
The Tigers performed significantly better than their last meeting with the Cougars, hitting .159 as a team and holding an edge in kills (38-36), assists (37-34), and digs (41-37). Pacific came up short in blocking as the Cougars had 14 team blocks, while the Tigers secured just six.
Pacific was strong right out of the gate, holding within three points of the Cougars to start the first set. With a 9-7 lead, BYU went on a 5-0 run to extend its lead to seven points. The Tigers slowly earned their way back into the game, cutting a nine-point BYU lead down to two points (23-21) with the help of kills by five different Tigers — Shelton, Fleming, Baptista, Janie Feldsher, and Skylar Wine. A kill by WCC hitting leader Veronica Jones-Perry gave the Cougars set point and a hitting error by Fleming secured the BYU set victory.
The Tigers and Cougars matched up point-for-point to open set two. BYU took its largest lead (12-9) as a result of three-consultive blocks. The Tigers stayed within reach for a majority of the the match before an 8-3 BYU run at 18-14 secured the 25-17 set win.
Each squad had their share of runs in the third set. After a 6-6 tie the Cougars went on a 7-1 run to take a 14-7 lead over the Tigers. Pacific answered back with its own 6-1 run to come back within one point (16-15). At point 17 BYU won seven straight points with the help of two Cougar blocks and four Pacific errors. Kaitlyn Lines helped diminish BYU's lead, but the match was too far out of reach and the Cougars secured the 25-17 set three win with ease.
Pacific will conclude its toughest road trip of the season on Saturday afternoon when they take on No. 13 ranked San Diego. The Tigers fell in five sets in their meeting with the Toreros earlier this season.