Two strong sets and a gritty effort in the third gave No. 12 BYU women’s volleyball a 3-0 sweep of Pepperdine in a West Coast Conference match Saturday in Malibu, Calif.
Senior McKenna Miller had 18 kills on a .452 hitting percentage as the Cougars prevailed 25-21, 25-15, 29-27. Sophomore Madelyn Robinson added 16 kills and seven digs while sophomore Heather Gneiting had 11 kills on a .588 hitting percentage with three blocks for BYU (18-3, 9-1).
BYU had a slow start to the match, falling behind 8-3, but after calling timeout the Cougars went on an 8-1 run on their way to the first-set victory.
Pepperdine took a 10-5 lead in the third set and eventually led 24-20, but BYU warded off three set points, thanks to a service error by the Waves and kills by Gneiting and Miller. Miller later had two straight kills to lift BYU to the 29-27 victory.
BYU 3, San Diego 1 • In Provo, the Cougars gave up the first goal of the game before rallying for the West Coast Conference victory.
Milan Moses scored in the 12th minute for the Toreros.
BYU got goals from Mikayla Colohan (13th minute), Cameron Tucker (19th) and Elise Flake (47th).
BYU goalkeeper Sabrina Davis made three saves to earn the victory.
The Cougars had a 27-5 advantage in shots, with a 15-4 edge in shots on goal.