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No. 3 Men's Volleyball Continues Perfect Start with 3-1 Win over No. 8 Stanford

Jan. 15, 2005

MALIBU, Calif. - The No.3-ranked Pepperdine men's volleyball team moved to 2-0 (2-0 MPSF) on the season with a convincing 3-1 (28-30, 30-24, 31-29, 30-20) victory Saturday night over the No. 8-ranked Stanford Cardinal in Stanford, Calif.

The Waves held a 20-16 advantage in game one and looked like they would cruise to the win as they still led by four at the 24-20 mark. But Stanford (2-3, 1-1 MPSF) would go on a 6-1 run to take its first lead in the game. The two teams would trade sideouts the next four points before a Ben Reddy kill and David Vogel service ace gave the Cardinal three game-point tries. Pepperdine fought off the first try, but a Reddy kill sealed the game.

Sean Rooney led all players with 24 kills and added 12 digs for his first double-double of the season. John Parfitt added 16 kills and six block assists for the Waves, while Mayer and Hein chipped in 12 and 10 kills, respectively. Hein and Tom Hulse continued their domination defensively, recorded seven block assists each. Freshman Jonathan Winder also recorded his first double-double of the season with 57 assists and 11 digs.

The second frame was a battle of sideouts as neither team gained more than a two-point advantage. With the game knotted at 20-all, Stanford began to pull away recording back-to-back points. Pepperdine would regain the lead at 24-23 and with the game tied at 24-24, Mayer would serve out the game as the Waves evened the match at one game apiece.

Game three was another see-saw battle with the largest lead coming at 16-13 and 21-18, Pepperdine. Both teams traded points down the stretch and the Cardinal even managed to hold serve at game point, 29-28. But a Parfitt kill sparked the Waves to the 31-29 win.

Stanford never recovered from the loss in game three as the Waves proved too much, 30-20. The Waves hit .310 in the game compared to the Cardinal's minus.032.

Pepperdine held a commanding presence at the net out-blocking Stanford by a 15-4 margin.

Reddy finished the match with a team-high 17 kills, while Craig Buel'l, Vogel and William Clayton each had 10.

The Waves will be back in action Jan. 19 when they travel to Pauly Pavilion to face cross-town rival UCLA. First serve is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. (PT) in Los Angeles.