Jan. 18, 2007
MALIBU, Calif. - Sophomore Paul Carroll continued his torrid start to the 2007 season as he recorded a match-high 27 kills to go along with five aces and six blocks as the Pepperdine Waves defeated the UC San Diego Tritons 3-1 (30-23, 28-30, 30-19, 30-27) Thursday night in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play.
Pepperdine (3-0, 2-0 MPSF) hit .323 for the match, including a .407 clip in the match-clincher.
Jason Spangler had 23.0 points on 19 kills two aces and three blocks for San Diego (0-2, 0-2 MPSF). Frank Fritsch added 16 points with 12 kills but was limited to just .061 hitting. As a team, the Tritons hit .164 for the match with a low of minus .138 in game three.
San Diego took an early lead in game one but Pepperdine chipped away at the 6-2 lead before a Carroll and Tom Hulse block capped a 3-0 run that gave the Waves a 13-11 lead. With the score tied at 14-14 Pepperdine used a 4-1 run to pull away from the visitors. The lead would reach as many as seven at 27-20 before three straight points by San Diego cut the gap to four. The Waves would go on to record the final three points of the set to take a 1-0 lead in the match.
Seeming in control of the match, Pepperdine got out to an 8-4 lead in game two. San Diego cut the lead to one on two occasions before a 3-0 run tied the set at 18-18. The two teams traded the next eight points of the game setting up a 3-0 run by the Waves who took a 25-22 lead. The Tritons answered with a 3-0 run and took just their second lead of the set 27-26 off a kill by Will Ehrman. Gaudino tied the game at 27-all but San Diego scored three of the final four points to tie the match at 1-1.
Pepperdine broke a 7-7 game open with a 5-1 run in game three. San Diego rallied to pull within one at 12-11 but a 14-2 run by the Waves proved too much to overcome as Pepperdine cruised to a 2-1 lead.
Game four had 14 ties with the final one coming at 21-21 when a Grobe kill started Pepperdine on a 5-1 run. Leading 26-22, the Waves would see their lead drop to a few as two but in the end Carroll proved too much, recording Pepperdine's final two kills of the match.
There will be little time to celebrate tonight's victory as Pepperdine will closeout its current four-match homestand Friday night when it faces the Long Beach State 49ers at 7 p.m. PT in Firestone Fieldhouse.