Jan. 12, 2007
MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine is off to a 2-0 this season thanks in large part to sophomore Paul Carroll's 27-kill, four-ace effort as the Pepperdine Waves defeated the USC Trojans 3-1 (26-30, 30-18, 31-29, 30-25) Friday night in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) opener for both teams.
Juan Figueroa led USC (1-3, 0-1 MPSF) with 21.5 points on 19 kills and three blocks. He also added a match-high 13 digs. C.J. Schellenberg recorded 14 kills as part of a 15.5-point night and Andrew Vernon had eight kills and seven blocks for 13.0 points.
USC took game one after taking an early lead. Pepperdine trailed by as many as five but managed to cut the deficit to two on three occasions the final time coming at 27-25. The Waves hit .375 for the game but were out paced by the Trojans'.412.
Pepperdine led from wire-to-wire in game two and broke the game open with an 8-1 run after USC had pulled within one at 9-8. The Trojans had closed the gap to five 21-16 but would score just twice more as the Waves tied the match following a 9-2 run.
Game three saw seven ties and seven lead changes despite Pepperdine breaking a 9-9 tie with a 6-1 run. USC answered the Waves' run with a 7-2 run, making the score 18-17. The Trojans finally evened the game at 27-all but Pepperdine never let go of its lead before pulling out the deuce victory.
USC's only lead of game four came at 1-0. Pepperdine immediately took a 2-1 lead and after a 4-1 run maintained a comfortable lead the rest of the way. The Trojans would close within two 11-9 but never threaten the home team's perfect start to the season.
Pepperdine will wrap up its four-match homestand next weekend when it hosts conference foes UC San Diego and Long Beach State. Thursday's match against the Tritons is scheduled for a 7 p.m. PT first serve, as is Friday's contest against the 49ers. Both matches are scheduled to take place at Firestone Fieldhouse.