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Pepperdine Falls to BYU, 3-1, in Provo

Feb. 3, 2006

MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine men's volleyball team won the first game of its Friday night Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) tilt against BYU but was unable to hold off the home team in dropping its first match of the 2006 season, 3-1, in Provo, Utah.

Leading for the first time in the match, 2-1, BYU (8-1, 6-1 MPSF) grabbed an early lead in game four. The Cougar's lead would reach three off a Yosleyder Cala service ace, 13-10. Pepperdine (5-1, 5-1 MPSF) would trim the lead to one at 16-15 off a BYU blocking error. But the Cougars would maintain their advantage as the Waves were unable to overcome their own mistakes down the stretch. BYU would use an 8-1 run to close out the game, and the match, 30-21.

John Parfitt's 17 kills led the Waves who hit .227 as a team. Freshman Paul Carroll chipped in with 13 kills and Andy Hein added 10 for Pepperdine. The Waves held a 15.5-9.5 advantage in blocks and were paced by Tom Hulse's eight and Hein's seven.

Ivan Perez led all players with 21 kills, while Jonathan Charette added 13 and Yosleyder chipped in 10.

The Waves took a 1-0 lead in the contest by claiming the first game of the match, 30-20. The two teams split the first 20 points of the game before a 11-5 Pepperdine run put the visitors up, 21-15. The Waves would never led BYU back into the game in part because of Pepperdine hitting at a .560 clip compared to the Cougars .182. The Waves committed no errors in the game, while BYU committed nine, seven coming from Pepperdine blocks.

Game two saw the Waves play from behind for most of the early stages. Pepperdine would gain what seemed to be a commanding three-point 23-20 lead as a result of a 11-5 run. But the Cougars would answer with a kill, a block and an overpass which the Waves were unable to control. The 3-0 run locked the game at 23-all. Both teams traded sideouts to a 26-26 stalemate. After taking a 27-26 lead a Hulse serve sailed long as did a Hein serve with the Waves leading 28-27. The two unforced errors would prove costly as BYU claimed game two, 30-28.

Pepperdine was unable to shake off the effects of not claiming game two as the team fell behind quickly in the third frame. In the game, a 30-22 BYU victory, the Waves recorded nine kills and nine attack errors and three service errors.

These two teams will go at it again tomorrow night in Provo, Utah. First serve is scheduled for 6 p.m. (PT).