GULF SHORES, Ala. – The Pepperdine beach volleyball team finished the 2016 campaign on day two of the inaugural NCAA Championship, falling 3-2 to fourth-seeded UCLA at the Gulf Shores Public Beach.
The Waves made history in multiple ways this season, becoming one-of-eight teams in the first-ever NCAA Championship field and ended the season one of the final five teams in the tournament. The squad tied the school record for most wins in a single season with a 20-5 overall record (went 20-1 in 2013) and earned the inaugural West Coast Conference Championship title. The Waves will graduate three seniors: Taylor Racich, Samantha Cash and Sophie Asprey.
Sophomore Corinne Quiggle (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Ponte Vedra HS) and freshman Skylar Caputo (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS) began the match with the first win of the day for either team, taking down the Bruins’ Izzy Carey and Elise Zappia with a 21-19, 21-17 win on court three. The duo ends the 2016 effort with a 21-4 overall record, including a 20-4 record in the number three position.
Senior Taylor Racich (Santa Barbara, Calif./Dos Pueblos HS) and freshman Heidi Dyer (San Clemente, Calif./Saddleback Valley Christian HS) then fell on court one to twins Megan and Nicole McNamara in two sets. The pair finishes the 2016 season with a 16-8 overall record in the number one position for the Waves.
Pepperdine then extended the lead once again for the Waves to 2-1 as junior Delaney Knudsen (Valencia, Calif./Valencia HS) and freshman Kaity Bailey (Ojai, Calif./Villanova Preparatory School) finish off Kamila Tan and Ivey Schmitt 22-20 and 21-19 on court two. The partnership closed out the season with an 18-6 overall record for the team from the number two position.
The final two matches finished quickly and almost simultaneously, first with freshmen pair Madalyn Roh(Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral HS) and Anika Wilson (Santa Barbara, Calif./San Marcos HS) fighting hard to tie the second set after a 21-19 loss in the first set. After a 21-21 tie, the Bruins’ Zana Muno and Jessyka Ngauamo pull away, however, and finish off the set 23-21 to tie the overall match 2-2 and put the focus on court five. Roh and Wilson closed out the season with a successful 21-3 overall record, including a 21-2 record from the number four position for the Waves.
On court five, enior Samantha Cash (San Diego, Calif./Canyon Crest Academy) and junior Sarah Seiber(Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Cathedral Catholic HS/Arizona) had gone down with a 21-19 loss in the first set, but worked back to tie the match with a 21-15 win in set two over UCLA’s Julie Consani and Reily Buechler. It went to the wire in the third, but the Bruins ended with the 15-12 victory to secure to overall 3-2 win and put the Waves out of the NCAA Championhip. Cash and Seiber ended the season with a 21-4 overall record from the number five position for Pepperdine.
DUAL 25 | #3 PEPPERDINE 2. #4 UCLA 3
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP | DAY TWO | CONTENDER’S BRACKET
GULF SHORES PUBLIC BEACH | GULF SHORES, ALA. | MAY 7, 2016
No. 1: Megan McNamara/Nicole McNamara (UCLA) def. Heidi Dyer/Taylor Racich (PEP) – 22-20, 21-17
No. 2: Katie Bailey/Delaney Knudsen (PEP) def. Kamila Tan/Ivey Schmitt (UCLA) – 22-20, 21-19
No. 3: Skyler Caputo/Corinne Quiggle (PEP) def. Izzy Carey/Elise Zappia (UCLA) – 21-19, 21-17
No. 4: Zana Muno/Jessyka Ngauamo (UCLA) def. Maddy Roh/Anika Wilson (PEP) – 21-19, 23-21
No. 5: Julie Consani/Reily Buechler (UCLA) def. Samantha Cash/Sarah Seiber (PEP) - 21-19, 15-21, 12-15
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2, 4, 5