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Royce Hinton | Posted: 25 Sep 2018 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Royce Hinton

Jones-Perry and No. 1 Cougars take down Waves in three


MALIBU, Calif. – Senior outside hitter Roni Jones-Perry and No. 1 BYU women’s volleyball took down Pepperdine in three sets (25-15, 25-18, 25-21) Tuesday night at Firestone Fieldhouse.

With the win, head coach Heather Olmstead picked up the 100th victory of her career.

"We came out ready to go and kept working hard the whole match," Olmstead said. "Our middles did a great job of being available. We served tough and that helped us defensively."

Jones-Perry led the Cougars with 16 kills on a .583 clip to go with 10 digs. Lyndie Haddock-Eppich set the team with 39 assists while Mary Lake contributed 14 digs. Heather Gneiting put up six blocks and nine kills while Kennedy Eschenberg had seven kills in the win.

Pepperdine (8-5, 2-1 WCC) scored the first two points of the first set before Jones-Perry had three-consecutive kills, helping BYU (13-0, 3-0 WCC) to a 7-2 lead. The Cougars stayed ahead at 12-6 following a block from Eschenberg and Madelyn Robinson. A Kiani Moea’i ace made it 18-9, forcing a timeout from the Waves. Another kill from Jones-Perry then ended the set for BYU 25-15.

A kill from Robinson made it 7-4 at the start of the second set. Pepperdine then scored four-straight points to take an 8-7 edge. A pair of kills from McKenna Miller helped BYU go back up at 15-13, and a Gneiting and Jones-Perry block extended the advantage to 20-15. A Jones-Perry ace ended the set at 25-18.

A kill from Gneiting tied the third set at 5-5, and a Jones-Perry kill made it 9-9. The Cougars took a 15-14 lead following a block from Haddock-Eppich and Gneiting. A net violation from the Waves pushed BYU in front by three, 19-16, forcing Pepperdine to take a timeout. The Waves then went on a 4-1 run to even the set at 20-all. A Miller kill put the Cougars back ahead 23-21 before a block and Wave attack error gave BYU the set and match 25-21.

The Cougars return home to the Smith Fieldhouse Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. MDT, when they play host to Gonzaga. The match will be streamed live on Live stats can be found on the BYU women’s volleyball schedule page.

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Royce Hinton | Posted: 24 Sep 2018 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Royce Hinton

No. 1 BYU to play three WCC foes


PROVO, Utah – No. 1 BYU women’s volleyball will play three West Coast Conference foes this week, traveling to Pepperdine before taking on Gonzaga and Portland at home.

Last Week

The Cougars (12-0, 2-0 WCC) swept Pacific and Saint Mary’s at home to open up league play, hitting a combined .518 clip as a team on the week.


  • BYU faces Pepperdine (8-4, 2-0 WCC) Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 6 p.m. PDT, at the Firestone Fieldhouse.
  • The Cougars are 24-8 all-time against the Waves and hold a 7-2 record when playing them on the road.
  • Pepperdine has won four of its last five matches, most recently beating Portland and Gonzaga on the road to open league play.
  • The Waves were picked to finish fourth in 2018 following a 16-15, 8-10 season a year ago.


  • BYU will then face Gonzaga (4-9, 1-1 WCC) Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. MDT, at the Smith Fieldhouse.
  • The Cougars hold a 17-1 advantage in the overall series history with the Zags and are 8-1 when playing at home.
  • The Bulldogs have won just one of their last four matches, but beat a surging Loyola Marymount team to begin conference play.
  • Gonzaga was picked to finish fifth in the 2018 season after going 14-16, 9-9 in 2017.


  • BYU finishes out the week at home facing Portland (12-2, 0-2 WCC) Saturday, Sept. 29, at 1 p.m. MDT.
  • The Cougars are 13-1 against the Pilots all-time, including 7-0 when facing them at home.
  • Portland began the season with a perfect 12-0 record – its best-ever start to a season. The Pilots then struggled at home last week with losses to Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount.
  • Portland was picked eighth in the WCC Preseason Coaches’ Poll following a 15-15, 6-12 record in 2017.


Tuesday’s match at Pepperdine will be televised live on ESPNU. Thursday’s match at home with Gonzaga will be streamed live on, and Saturday’s match with Portland will be televised live on BYUtv. Links to live stats and video feeds for each match can be found on the BYU women’s volleyball schedule page.

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