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Sophomore outside hitter Katie Wilkins recorded a match-high 11 kills andfreshman outside hitter Brie Harris contributed 10 kills to lead Pepperdineto a three-game victory over Northern Arizona in the opening round of theHowdy's Pepperdine Classic Friday evening at Firestone Fieldhouse

Sophomore outside hitter Katie Wilkins recorded a match-high 11 kills and freshman outside hitter Brie Harris contributed 10 kills to lead Pepperdine to a three-game victory over Northern Arizona in the opening round of the Howdy's Pepperdine Classic Friday evening at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu.

The victory marked the ninth straight year that the Waves have opened the season with victory. Pepperdine, which defeated Northern Arizona (0-1) by scores of 30-24, 30-24, 30-24, last lost a season-opener in 1992.

Senior Melissa Snow totaled a match-high 15 digs, while senior middle blocker Kate Taylor-Correa registered five kills and a team-leading .571 hitting percentage. Junior middle blocker Stacy Rouwenhorst had five kills and .556 hitting percentage.

Pepperdine posted a .252 hitting percentage, while Northern Arizona hit .141 for the match.

The second day of the Howdy's Pepperdine Classic on Saturday begins with the host Waves entertaining Fresno State at 10 a.m. followed by Northern Arizona and Florida State playing at noon.

Pepperdine and Florida State open the day's final session with a 5 p.m. followed by Northern Arizona and Fresno State at 7 p.m.