MALIBU, Calif. – Double-doubles from seniors Alexa Gray and Camry Godfrey Willardson led No. 12 BYU women's volleyball to a three-set (25-13, 25-19, 25-16) win over Pepperdine Thursday night at Firestone Fieldhouse.
"I liked the way we came out focused and with great energy," BYU head coach Heather Olmstead said. "Everyone played a role and bought into the game plan. Camry did a great job setting the offense, and I thought her defense was great as well. I'm proud of the way the team fought the whole match."
Gray led the Cougars with her fifth double-double of the season, collecting 15 kills and 12 digs. Willardson paced the team with 34 assists and 13 digs, also collecting her fifth double-double of the year. Ciara Parker added a team-high 17 digs of her own while Whitney Young Howard contributed four blocks. Cosy Burnett added seven kills while Amy Boswell had eight kills while hitting at a .667 clip.
BYU (18-2, 8-1 West Coast Conference) took a 7-2 lead early on in the first set against Pepperdine (13-9, 4-5 WCC) with help from four kills from Gray. A Burnett kill kept the Cougars in the lead at 11-6 with a kill. Willardson's solo block later capped off a 4-0 BYU run to give the Cougars a 16-7 advantage. Another Burnett kill put BYU ahead by double digits at 21-11 before a kill from Howard took the set for the Cougars, 25-13.
The Waves took a 3-2 edge early in the second set after a kill and stayed ahead 7-5 following back-to-back blocks. With a 5-1 Pepperdine run, which gave the Waves a 12-8 advantage, BYU took its first timeout of the set to help turn the momentum. BYU was able to rally and a Boswell kill brought the Cougars back within a point, down 17-16. The BYU rally continued as back-to-back Lacy Haddock kills put the Cougars ahead 19-17. BYU cruised from there by taking six of the next eight points, including another set-winning kill from Howard, to claim the set 25-19.
A slide kill from Boswell brought the Cougars out to a 5-2 advantage to start the third set. A trio of Burnett kills then helped BYU extend its lead to seven at 14-7. Following a timeout from the Waves, the two sides went back and forth as a pair of Boswell kills helped the Cougars maintain a 20-12 advantage. BYU continued its strong play to easily take the set and match 25-16 on a Haddock service ace.
The Cougars stay on the road Saturday when they head to Loyola Marymount for a match at 12 p.m. PDT. The match will be streamed live on TheW.tv. Links to live stats and a video feed can be found on the BYU women's volleyball schedule page.
PROVO, Utah – No. 12 BYU women’s volleyball hits the road again this week for matches at Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount.
Last Time Out
The Cougars (17-2, 7-1 West Coast Conference) swept both Gonzaga and Portland at home to extend their home-win streak to 17-straight matches.
- BYU faces Pepperdine (13-8, 4-4 WCC) for the first time of the season Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. PDT.
- The Cougars lead the overall series with an 18-8 overall record and have won the last six-straight meetings – including a sweep on the road last season.
- The Waves fell at home to Santa Clara last week before beating San Francisco in four sets. Pepperdine is 5-5 in its last 10 matches and 3-2 in its last five.
- The Waves are led by first-year head coach Scott Wong – a Pepperdine alumnus.
- BYU then heads to Los Angeles to compete against Loyola Marymount (14-6, 5-3 WCC) for the second time of the season Saturday, Oct. 24, at 12 p.m. PDT.
- The Cougars hold a perfect 11-0 record against the Lions and won in four sets at home earlier this year.
- Loyola Marymount has won its last five consecutive matches and is 7-3 in its last 10.
- The Lions competed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, falling in the first round to Michigan State.
Both of this week’s matches will be streamed live on TheW.tv. Links to live stats and the video feeds can be found on the BYU women’s volleyball schedule page.