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Pepperdine Downs UCLA in Another Classic Battle

Jan. 24, 2007

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Paul Carroll recorded 41.5 points with a match-leading 37 kills to go along with three solo blocks as the Pepperdine Waves defeated the UCLA Bruins 3-2 (21-30, 30-26, 33-35, 30-27, 16-14) Wednesday night in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, Calif.

John Parfitt added 18 points on 17 kills, Greg Gaudino had 13 points on 12 kills and Jon Grobe overcame a slow start to the match to end the night with 10.5 points for Pepperdine (4-1, 3-1 MPSF). Tom Hulse had 13.5 points with nine kills and six total blocks.

Garrett Muagututia and Jamie Diefanbach each had 22 kills for UCLA (3-5, 1-4 MPSF). Paul George chipped in with 15 kills and Steve Klosterman had 10.

Pepperdine fell behind early in game one when UCLA recorded five of the first seven points. The Waves would trail by as many as seven after George's third kill of the frame pushed the home team's lead to 14-7. A Carroll kill started a 6-2 run that pulled the Waves within three, 16-13. The game became a sideout battle until the last a Diefenbach's three kills in the set started UCLA on a 6-1 run to close out the game.

Pepperdine would lead game two wire-to-wire thanks in large part to consecutive Carroll solo blocks of Geroge. Leading by two, the Waves would extend their lead as Brett Hughes recorded a kill that was followed a Carroll kill, an ace by Hughes and another Carroll kill. UCLA rallied back after three straight Pepperdine hitting errors brought the score to 20-17. The Bruins would get as close as two 24-22 but Hulse's seventh kill of the night kept Pepperdine in control as the Waves tied the match at 1-1.

It would take seven game points to declare a winner in game three. A 4-0 run gave UCLA a 5-2 lead only to see Pepperdine fight back and take a 6-5 lead off four straight Bruin errors. Trailing by two, UCLA went on a 5-0 run to take a 16-13 lead. Again, the Waves battled back and tied the score at 17. With the score tied at 26 Gaudino and Carroll recorded consecutive kills that were followed by a Klosterman error giving Pepperdine a 29-26 lead. Brett Perrine's kill on the ensuing play kept UCLA in the match and after Carroll was block on successive attempts the score was even at 29. Carroll stopped the Bruin's run and gave Pepperdine its fourth game-point try. Klosterman and Diefenbach recorded back-to-back kills to give UCLA its first game-point try of the game. Again, Carroll stepped up with his 22nd kill of the match. Pepperdine's final attempt to clinch the game came with a 33-32 lead. But Diefenbach started a 3-0 Bruin run to steal the game and take a 2-1 lead in the match.

With Pepperdine leading game four 13-12, UCLA took advantage of four straight Wave errors and took its largest lead of the game 16-13. The two teams would trade the next 16 points before a Perrine error aided a 3-0 Pepperdine run that tied the game at 24. Out of a UCLA timeout the Waves scored three more points and never looked back as they forced a fifth-and-final game.

Pepperdine received the first break of game five as a Diefenbach attempt sailed wide to give the Waves a 7-5 lead. Hulse and Parfitt would later block Diefenbach as the Pepperdine lead grew to three 11-8. A Carroll strike on the next play seemed to seal the victory but UCLA was not ready to give up. Perrine stopped the Waves' run and three straight Carroll hitting errors provided the Bruins with match point. Carroll answered back with back-to-back kills and Grobe sealed the victory with a kill.

The Waves will return to action Saturday night when it travels to top-ranked UC Irvine for a 7 p.m. PT first serve at the Bren Center.