No. 12 BYU suffers first loss of season

Braden Taylor | Posted: 20 Apr 2021 | Updated: 20 Apr 2021
main image
Image
BYU block vs LMU 2-17-21

MALIBU, Calif. – No. 12 BYU women’s volleyball lost its first match of the 2020-21 season, falling to Pepperdine in straight sets (20-25, 16-25, 19-25) on Tuesday at the Firestone Fieldhouse.

Freshman outside hitter Erin Livingston led the team with 10 kills on a .333 clip and sophomore outside hitter Abbey Dayton matched her career high of 10 digs. Junior setter Tayler Hifo totaled a career-high 14 assists while sophomore setter Whitney Bower finished with 13.

BYU (7-1, 6-1 WCC) entered the match hitting .329, the seventh-best percentage in the NCAA Division I. Pepperdine (7-0, 7-0) held the Cougars to a season-worst .178 hitting percentage while outblocking BYU 7-4.

Final Box Score

SET ONE
The Waves jumped out to an 8-2 lead over the Cougars to begin the first set. Pepperdine remained in control, extending its lead to 24-15. BYU scored five-straight points to close the gap to four points before the Waves secured the set, 25-20.

SET TWO
Trailing early in the second game, senior middle blocker Kennedy Eschenberg converted a pair of kills to tie the match at 10-all. A 9-1 Pepperdine run put the Waves up 19-11. Freshman outside hitter Leilani Dodson recorded two kills to cut the deficit to 23-16. Pepperdine held off the comeback, winning the set 25-16.

SET THREE
The Waves opened up the third set with an 11-4 lead. Three kills by Livingston and an ace by Bower brought BYU within a single point, 14-13. Pepperdine countered with a 6-2 run to regain control of the match. The Cougars failed to recover and dropped their first match of the 2020-21 season, 25-19.

BYU and Pepperdine will play the second half of the two-match series on Wednesday, Feb. 24. First serve at the Firestone Fieldhouse is set for 7 p.m. and the match will be broadcast on the WCC Network.

Recent Stories

Image
BYU WVB 2020 NCAA Tournament
BYU falls to top-seeded Wisconsin in Sweet 16

No. 16-seed BYU women’s volleyball lost to No. 1-seed Wisconsin (20-25, 17-25, 12-25) in the Sweet 16 of the 2020 NCAA…

Image
BYU WVB Sweet 16 Graphic
BYU women's volleyball to face top-seeded Wisconsin in Sweet 16

Following its sweep of UCLA in the second round, No. 16-seed BYU women's volleyball will play top-seeded Wisconsin in…

Image
BYU vs. UCLA Celebration - 2020 NCAA Tournament
BYU women’s volleyball sweeps UCLA to advance to Sweet 16

The 16th-seeded BYU women’s volleyball team defeated UCLA in straight sets (26-24, 31-29, 25-17) in the second round of…

Image
BYU vs. UCLA NCAA Tournament Gameday Graphic
No. 16-seed BYU to face UCLA in second round of NCAA Tournament

After securing the No. 16 seed and a first-round bye, BYU women’s volleyball will face UCLA in the second round of the…