PROVO, Utah – Senior Ciara Parker led No. 11 BYU women’s volleyball with a season-high 31 digs to defeat Pepperdine in four sets (30-32, 25-9, 25-21, 25-23) on Senior Night, Tuesday at the Smith Fieldhouse.
With the win, BYU collects its second straight West Coast Conference Championship and earned the league’s automatic berth into the 2015 NCAA Tournament. The Cougars 16-2 WCC) ensured at least a share of the WCC title with a sweep of San Francisco on Saturday, but when WCC runner-up San Diego was swept by Loyola Marymount, BYU collected its second consecutive outright title during the fourth set against the Waves.
“I'm just happy for the team and everyone in the crowd who was a part of tonight,” BYU head coach Heather Olmsteadsaid. ”It was a hard-fought battle and a total and complete team effort. I couldn't be more proud of the girls staying focused and staying in the present. The girls really wanted it, so I'm just happy for them.”
Senior outside hitter Alexa Gray recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 29 kills on 75 attempts to go along with 12 digs. Alohi Robins-Hardy had 38 assists and two kills while Amy Boswell and Whitney Young Howard added a team-high six blocks apiece with Boswell recording 14 kills. Senior setter Camry Godfrey Willardson had 14 assists and five blocks while Danelle Parady contributed double-digit digs with 10.
BYU (26-3, 16-2 West Coast Conference) recorded 60 assists and 81 digs as a team while hitting at a .223 clip. The Cougars have now won their last 24-straight matches played at the Smith Fieldhouse. The 2015 senior class finishes with just one loss on Elaine Michaelis Court and a 49-1 record at home.
BYU next awaits the 2015 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Selection Show Sunday, Nov. 29, at 9 p.m. EST, which will be broadcast on ESPNU. BYU receives the automatic bid for winning the West Coast Conference outright. The Cougars look to extend a postseason-winning streak after reaching the regional semifinals in each of the last three seasons, as well as the national runner-up spot a year ago.