Freshmen Anika Wilson and Madalyn Roh went 12-0 at No. 4 for the top-ranked Waves
The duo has helped Pepperdine defeat six nationally ranked opponents including, then-top-ranked USC (3-2), third-ranked Hawai’i (4-1), fourth-ranked Long Beach State (5-0), sixth-ranked UCLA (5-0), sixth-ranked Arizona (3-2) and eighth-ranked Georgia State (4-1). The tandem is undefeated so far this season at 15-0 with 12 of those victories being by two-set decisions.
To open the month on March 5 and 6 with the Zuma Classic, Roh and Wilson first downed No. 4 LBSU’s Myka Wilson and Zoyia Konstantaopoulou 19-21, 21-17 and 17-15, before defeating No. 1 USC’s Abril Bustamante and Jenna Belton 21-13 and 21-19. Closing out the Zuma Classic, the pair put down Kawai Schucht and Hannah Rooks of No. 3 Hawai’i by 21-12, 13-21 and 15-11 decision, before exceling over No. 6 UCLA’s Julie Cansani and Laurel Weaver with 21-9 and 21-16 results.
Roh and Wilson then helped the Waves remained undefeated throughout the next five matches at the College of Charleston Invitational. First, the pair helped the Waves to a 4-1 win over No. 8 Georgia State with a 21-14, 21-17 win over Milani Pickering and Delaney Rohan. To close out the tourney, the Waves earned four more 5-0 sweeps over the competition, beginning with a 21-19, 21-10 victory over Kennedy Madison and Lauren Hollman of COC. The Waves collected two set victories over Mercer (vs. Morgan MacGilvary/Madison Kerr – 21-8, 21-17), Alabama Birmingham (Michaela Reesor/Avery Hoven – 21-16, 21-17) and UNC Wilmington (Sarah Kelly/Halley Hunt – 21-7, 21-9).
Back at home against Cal Poly and Nebraska, the Waves picked up two more 5-0 sweeps with the help of Roh and Wilson’s 21-11 and 21-6 win over Casey Carroll and Bailey Roach of Cal Poly and the 21-17, 21-10 win over Kenzie Maloney and Briana Holman of Nebraska. At sixth-ranked UCLA, despite the 2-3 outcome, the pair defeated Reily Buechler and Zana Muno with 21-18, 18-21 and 20-18 results.
The 2016 WCC Beach Volleyball Championship is scheduled for April 22-23 at Ocean Beach Park in Santa Monica, Calif.
ALSO NOMINATED: Mary Hernandez and Payton Rund, Saint Mary’s; Jurja Vlasic and Katarina Pilepic, San Francisco
2016 WCC Beach Volleyball Pair of the Month
MARCH - Anika Wilson and Madalyn Roh, Pepperdine