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No. 3 Pepperdine Turns Tables on Top-Ranked Long Beach State, 3-1

Jan. 26, 2006

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Ten months ago the Pepperdine men's volleyball team walked into Walter Pyramid as the nation's top-ranked team only to suffer a 3-0 loss at the hands of Long Beach State. For Thursday night's tilt it was The Beach who garnered the No. 1 ranked only to see the third-ranked Waves snap LBSU's seven-match win streak with a 3-1 (30-25, 30-22, 26-30, 30-28) victory in front of 1,461 fans.

Pepperdine would fall behind early in game four as LBSU held a 13-9 advantage after kills from Teddy Liles and Robert Tarr. Trailing by three, 16-13, the Waves would get a block and consecutive Liles' error to knot the contest at 16-all as the 49ers called a timeout. A kill from Jon Grobe and a block by Grobe and Tom Hulse of Tarr out of the stoppage forced LBSU into its second timeout in a hurry. A 49 kill and block would follow the break as the score was even at 18-18. Kills from Hulse and Grobe and a solo stuff from Paul Carroll had Pepperdine up by three late. After a pair of Beach points the game was again tied, this time at 23. Ties at 24- and 25-all would follow before a Tarr hitting error and a block of Francisco Valdez put the Waves up, 27-25. LBSU would pull within one on consecutive kills but on Pepperdine's fouth try at match-point, Grobe ended the Long Beach comeback attempt.

Pepperdine (4-0, 4-0 MPSF) was led by Grobe's 16 kills on the night as four Waves recorded double digit-kill efforts. Andy Hein chipped in with 15 kills and seven blocks as the visitors held a solid 16.0-10.5 edge in blocks. LBSU (7-1, 3-1 MPSF) entered the night averaging better than four blocks per game. Carroll and John Pariftt both ended the evening with 13 kills, while Hulse led the team with eight blocks.

The Beach received 28 kills from Tarr and 10 from Liles as the team was held to just .188 hitting for the night.

Game one opened with the 49ers getting out to a 10-6 lead after LBSU capitalized on four Pepperdine miscues. But the Waves would even the game at 11-11 off a Hulse and Carroll block of Liles. A pair of sideouts followed before Long Beach would regain a three-point lead off a pair of Tarr kills. The 49ers would maintain a lead until trailing, 23-20, Pepperdine went on a 7-1. During the run, the Waves blocked Tarr twice and forced LBSU into several bad offensive looks. A Hein kill put the Waves up, 28-25 and Pepperdine would take a 1-0 lead in the match as a Paul Lotman attempt sailed long and a second Lotman attempt was swung on and missed. For the game Pepperdine hit .345 and held The Beach to .029.

Pepperdine wasted no time jumping out on LBSU in game two as the Waves got out to a 7-2 lead forcing Long Beach head coach Alan Knipe to burn a quick timeout. The 49ers would score consecutive points out of the stoppage only to see the Waves answer with a 4-0 run and take an 11-4 lead, forcing the beach into their final time out. During the run LBSU was forced into three attack errors. The Pepperdine lead would as many as nine, 23-14 before the Waves would go on to the 2-0 lead in the match.

Long Beach gained an early lead in game three and built up a three-point 13-10 lead off a Duncan Budinger kill. Trailing, 21-19, Pepperdine would commit consecutive errors forcing Marv Dunphy to call the first of his two timeouts. The Waves would score three of the next four points off a pair of blocks and a LBSU hitting error to cut the deficit down to 24-22. After a Carroll ace Pepperdine trailed by just one, 25-24. Long Beach State would answer with back-to-back kills to go back up by three before forcing a fourth frame.

The Waves will return to action tomorrow night as they travel to La Jolla, Calif., for a 7 p.m. (PT) first serve against UC San Diego.