Feb. 4, 2005
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - It took just 75 minutes for the Pepperdine men's volleyball team to improve to 6-1 (6-1 MPSF) on the season as it swept the 14th-ranked USC Trojans (3-9, 1-6 MPSF) Friday night at the Lyon Center in Los Angeles, Calif.
Game three saw the two schools battle to a 10-10 tie before a trio of Sean Rooney kills sandwiched a Jonathan Winder and Tom Hulse block to give Pepperdine a four-point edge. Moments later John Parfiitt found a groove recording kills on each of his next six swings and helping the Waves extend their lead to six, 22-16. Pepperdine went on to win the game and complete the sweep, 30-23.
Rooney extended his double-digit kill streak to 32 with 14 on the night and tacked on three service aces. Middle blocker Andy Hein continued his precision attack pounding out six kills on seven swings with zero errors, while Parfitt chipped in a match-high 17.
USC got 16 kills from Joao Grangeiro but hit just .252 for the match and was out blocked by an 11.0-4.0 margin.
Pepperdine took a 1-0 lead in the match but let the Trojans fight off three game-point opportunities before sealing the 30-25 win. The game started with the Waves getting the first big break to build an 11-7 advantage. The lead was never really challenged as with the score in Pepperdine's favor, 17-14, the Waves embarked on a 6-2 run. USC would answer with a 3-0 run of its own but Pepperdine would score six of the next nine points to set up game point.
The Waves got off to a fast start in game two and never looked back, cruising to a 2-0 lead, 30-19. Pepperdine controlled every aspect of the game recording 15 kills on 24 swings with three errors (.500), out blocking USC by a 3.0-0.0 count and banging home four service aces.
Pepperdine has a busy schedule next week as it is slated to play three home matches beginning Tuesday night against #7 UC Santa Barbara at 7:00 p.m. On Friday and Saturday defending National Champion BYU comes to town. Friday's match is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. (PT), with Saturday's match at 3 p.m.