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Royce Hinton | Posted: 30 Sep 2014 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Royce Hinton

Gray leads No. 10 Cougars past Pepperdine in three


MALIBU, Calif. – Alexa Gray led No. 10 BYU women's volleyball to a three-set (25-17, 25-21, 25-20) victory against Pepperdine Tuesday night at Firestone Fieldhouse.

"I was impressed with our team's focus through some rough patches tonight," BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. "We have a long season ahead of us, so it's important to take a few things from each match."

Gray contributed 14 kills, five digs and three blocks to lead the Cougars. Camry Godfrey Willardson led the team in assists with 31 to go with 10 digs, while Ciara Parker had a team-high 23 digs. Whitney Young finished the evening with six blocks in the win. Jennifer Hamson also contributed double-figure kills on the evening with 12. 

Young started things off in the first set for BYU with a kill. It didn't deter Pepperdine, as it quickly took a 5-2 advantage with help from a pair of blocks. The Cougars fought back to tie things up at 8 apiece before a Young and Willardson block helped edge BYU ahead 9-8. A Hannah Robison ace then helped fuel a 4-0 Cougar run to jump out to a 14-10 lead and force a timeout from the Waves. BYU extended its lead to near double-digits at 22-13 after multiple Pepperdine attack errors. A 3-0 rally from the Waves at BYU's set point proved to be too short as the Cougars ended the set 25-17 on a Gray kill. 

The second set opened with a narrow BYU lead at 5-3 following an Amy Boswell kill. The Cougars stayed ahead through the first part of the set until Pepperdine took a 9-8 lead from a kill by the Waves' Gaby Palmeri. BYU then retook the lead with Tambre Nobles' second kill of the match at 12-11. A 4-1 rally, capped off by a Hamson kill, extended the Cougars' advantage to five at 18-13, forcing another Pepperdine timeout. Following the break, a 3-1 run from the Waves brought their team back within two at 20-18. BYU continued to stay ahead through the rest of the set as a pair of Gray kills ended things for the Cougars 25-21.  

The Waves went ahead 3-1 to begin the third set before BYU came storming back to go up 4-3 with a Nobles kill. The two teams remained within a point of each other until a 6-0 Cougar run put BYU up 13-9. After a lengthy rally, an additional Nobles kill gave the Cougars a 17-12 lead and forced the Waves to take a timeout. With BYU leading by as many as seven, Pepperdine scored four-straight points to bridge the gap to three at 19-16. The Cougars dominated through the rest of the set, though, as they took it and the match 25-20 on another Gray kill.

The Cougars return home to the Smith Fieldhouse Thursday at 7 p.m. MDT to face off against San Francisco. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the match in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. Links to live stats and a video feed can be found on the BYU women's volleyball schedule page.

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Royce Hinton | Posted: 29 Sep 2014 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Royce Hinton

No. 10 Cougars compete in three matches this week


PROVO, Utah – No. 10 BYU women’s volleyball will travel to Pepperdine before finishing off the week with a pair of matches at home against San Francisco and Santa Clara.

The Cougars (11-2, 2-0 WCC) began West Coast Conference play last week with sweeps at home against Gonzaga and Portland.


  • BYU first travels to face off against Pepperdine (6-8, 1-1 WCC) Tuesday at 6 p.m. PDT.
  • The Cougars lead the overall series 16-8. BYU has won the last four meetings in conference play.
  • The Waves return four starters and their libero to last year’s squad that went 15-11, 9-9 T-4.
  • Pepperdine has a new coach this year in Troy Tanner, who graduated from Pepperdine in 1992.

San Francisco

  • BYU next returns home Thursday at 7 p.m. MDT to compete against San Francisco (8-5, 1-0 WCC).
  • The Cougars are a perfect 8-0 against the Dons, including two sweeps a year ago in conference play.
  • San Francisco returns four starters to this year’s team. Last year the Dons went 13-15 and tied Pepperdine for fourth place in WCC action with a 9-9 record.
  • Thursday’s match will be the Breast Cancer Awareness match. Fans are encouraged to wear pink at the Smith Fieldhouse.

Santa Clara

  • BYU will finish out the week Saturday at 8 p.m. MDT against Santa Clara (10-4, 0-1 WCC).
  • The Cougars are 5-2 all-time against the Broncos. The two teams split the series last year with each team winning on its home court.
  • Santa Clara returns three starters and its libero from the 2013 squad that finished 11-16, 6-12.


Tuesday’s match against Pepperdine will be broadcast live on ESPNU. Both Thursday and Saturday’s matches will be broadcast live on BYUtv and BYU Radio. Links to live stats for all three matches can be found on the BYU women’s volleyball schedule page.