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No. 3 Pepperdine Opens 2006 with 3-1 Victory over Stanford

Jan. 13, 2006

Final Stats

MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine men's volleyball team picked up its 15th consecutive home victory Friday night in the 2006 season opener as the No. 3-ranked Waves downed #15 Stanford, 3-1 (30-26, 30-18, 29-31, 30-24) in front of 1,854 fans at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu, Calif.

Pepperdine (1-0, 1-0 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) was led by junior Jon Grobe who recorded a double-double (17 kills, 12 digs) in the first start of his career. Senior All-American Andy Hein logged 15 kills and a team-leading six blocks as the Waves ended the night with an 11-6 edge in blocks.

Stanford (1-4, 0-1 MPSF) was paced by Ben Reddy's 17 kills and Chris Ahlfeldt's 14. The Cardinal was limited to just .225 hitting on the night, including .083 in game two.

Grobe opened the night with seven kills and three block assists in game one as Pepperdine led most of the way en route to the 1-0 lead in the match. Four Waves recorded three kills in the frame in Paul Carroll, Hein, Tom Hulse and John Parfitt on .359 hitting.

Game two was a rout. Pepperdine hit at a blistering .565 clip with 16 kills and just three errors.

The night looked as if it would be a short one for Stanford as the Waves went on an 8-1 run mid-way through game three to take a 20-17 lead. The Cardinal would lock the game up at 21-all before a 5-2 Pepperdine spurt made the score 26-23. Stanford evened the game at 26-26 but the Waves answered with a kill and block to take a 28-26 lead. But the Cardinal would push the match to a fourth game with a 5-1 run to close out the game.

A Grobe kill with the score knotted at 7-7 in game four would give Pepperdine the final lead change of the evening as the Waves began to pull away from Stanford.

Three other Waves reached double-digit kill totals for the match as Carroll and Parfitt ended the night with 12 and Hulse chipped in with 10.

Pepperdine will return to action tomorrow night when it hosts #12 Pacific. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. (PT).