Jan. 21, 2005
IRVINE, Calif. - Pepperdine's Andy Hein tied a career-high with 14 kills Friday night as the men's volleyball team pulled out a 3-1 (30-22, 28-30, 30-24, 30-27) victory over 12th-ranked UC Irvine at the Bren Events Center in Irvine, Calif.
Game four proved to be a sideout battle as neither team was able to sustain any run of points. Sean Rooney gave the Waves (3-1, 3-1 MPSF) a momentary lead when he connected on back-to-back aces and a 15-12 lead. The lead would not last as Paul Spittle's 10th kill of the night put Irvine (2-5, 1-2 MPSF) up 23-22. Rooney and Hein combined for one of Pepperdine's 13.5 blocks to take back the lead at 25-24. Rooney would follow the block with a kill giving the Waves a two-point lead setting his fifth ace of the night on match point.
Rooney ended the night with a game-high 20 kills with just one error on 41 swings (.463) to go along with the service aces. Hein just missed the double-double with eight blocks, while freshman Jonathan Winder recorded 53 assists and eight blocks in his homecoming.
"We thought running the middle would play to our strength tonight," noted Hein. "They are a reading team and we felt we could use our height advantage to have success attacking the middle."
The Anteaters had four players with double-digit kill efforts tonight, led by Jon Steller and Jayson Jablonsky's 14, while Spittle and David Smith tacked on 13 and 11, respectively.
Pepperdine got out early on UC Irvine in game one with solid blocking at the point of attack. The tandem of Winder and Hein teamed up for blocks on two of the first three points and four total in the first frame. As a team, Pepperdine outblocked the Anteaters by a 6.5-1.0 margin. Already leading by four, 18-14, the Waves used a 9-4 run to take firm control of the game.
UCI got off to a 4-1 lead in game two before a pair of Rooney kills gave Pepperdine a two-point advantage, 10-8. A service ace by Spittle evened the game up at 13-all. The two teams traded points until a John Parfitt attack sailed wide giving the Anteaters a two-point lead, 27-25. Pepperdine cut the lead to one at 29-28 but Spittle's seventh kill of the game evened the match at 1-1. UCI turned the tide on the Waves at the net recording six blocks to Pepperdine's one.
With John Mayer of the service line, Pepperdine went on a 4-0 run and broke open what was a 20-20 game in the third stanza. Despite playing from behind much of the way in game three, the Waves recorded 19 kills on 25 swings with just four errors (.600). Hein logged six kills in the game, while Rooney added five.
The Waves will compete in their home opener Thurs., Jan. 27 against fifth-ranked Long Beach State. First serve is slated for 7:00 p.m. (PT) in Firestone Filedhouse. Pepperdine will close out the two-match home stand on Friday against UC San Diego.