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No. 3 Pepperdine Remains Unbeaten with Sweep of UC San Diego

Jan. 27, 2006

LA JOLLA, Calif. - The Pepperdine men's volleyball team moved to 5-0 on the season after defeating UC San Diego, 3-0 (30-28, 30-19, 30-25), a Saturday Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) tilt at the RIMAC Arena in La Jolla, Calif.

The Waves (5-0 MPSF) were led in kills by Andy Hein's 15 and team-leading seven blocks. Jon Grobe and John Parfitt each finished the night with 12 kills. As a team, Pepperdine held a 12.0-4.0 advantage in blocks. Sophomore Jonathan Winder set the Waves to a .424 hitting percentage in the victory.

UC San Diego (0-6, 0-4 MPSF) was paced by Brenden Bowe's 10 kills as the Tritons were held to just .139 hitting.

Pepperdine fell behind early in game one, 3-1, before a 3-1 Wave run evened the score at 4-all. A service ace from Hein tied the score at 8-8 and the score would be locked at every point except 14 until 28-28. The Waves would score the final two points of the frame as a Bowe attack sailed long and Russ Hardy was blocked by Winder and Hein. Parfitt led all players with seven kills in the game, while Pepperdine hit .417 as a team.

With the score knotted at 9-9 in game two, Pepperdine would use a 5-0 run capped by a Paul Carroll kill to take control of the game and a 14-9 lead. With the score in the Waves' favor, 15-11, another Carroll kill sparked another 5-0 run by the visitors who would hold a nine point-20-11 lead after a Winder kill. Carroll would bring the game to an end with a kill and an ace on the final two points of the stanza.

UC San Diego jumped out on the Waves 6-2 in game three as Head Coach Marv Dunphy called his first timeout of the game. Pepperdine would get a block from Winder and Hulse to tie the score at 8-8. The Tritons would take a two-point, 14-12 lead before a Hein kill closed the gap to one. But the Waves would miss four consecutive serves which prevented them from ever gaining a lead. UCSD then used a 3-1 run to take a 21-17 lead. From that point Pepperdine would use a 13-4 run to close out the game and the match.

The Waves will return to action next weekend when they travel to Provo, Utah, for a pair of matches against No. 2-ranked BYU.