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No. 3 Pepperdine Holds off No. 9 Pacific's Late Rally

Jan. 14, 2005

MALIBU, Calif. - Senior Sean Rooney pounded out 36 kills Friday night as the Pepperdine men's volleyball team held off a Pacific rally with a 15-7 victory in game five as the ninth-ranked Tigers came back from trailing 0-2 in Stockton, Calif.

Rooney and John Mayer combined for nine kills as the Waves claimed game one, 30-27. Freshman Jonathan Winder dished out 12 assists in the game as the team hit at a .280 clip and out blocked Pacific, 3-2.

Pepperdine (1-0, 1-0 MPSF) took a commanding 2-0 lead with a 30-28 victory in the second game. Again it was the Rooney show as the Wheaton, Ill., native logged 10 of the Wave's 18 kills in the game. Pacific (4-2, 0-1 MPSF) out hit Pepperdine, .333-.290, and out blocked the Waves, 5-3, but could found itself on the verge of being swept in the match.

Mayer was the only other Wave to record a double-digit kill total (10), while Winder opened his collegiate career with 57 assists. Tom Hulse led the Pepperdine block with seven, while Andy Hein and Mayer each finished the night with eight.

UP's Brian Zodrow looked to carry his team as he pounded out 11 kills in game three. As a team the Tigers hit .457 in the third frame, recording 21 kills with just five errors and took the game, 30-23. Rooney exploded in the fourth game.

The 2004 Volleyball Player of the Year banged out 12 kills in the fourth stanza. But Pepperdine only had 17 kills in the game and fell, 30-25, forcing the final game.

Zodrow finished the night with 32 kills, while Nils Dauburs tacked on 21. Setter Mitch Hazelett ended the match with 64 assists and Mike Gawlik dug a match-high 12.

The Waves will be back in action Saturday night as they face #8 Stanford in Palo Alto. First serve is slated for 7:00 p.m. (PT).