Feb. 8, 2005
MALIBU, Calif. - Coming out of a timeout trailing 9-8 in the fifth game against #7 UC Santa Barbara, the #2 Pepperdine men's volleyball team used a kill from John Mayer, a block from John Parfitt and Andy Hein, a Parfitt kill and a Gaucho attack error to hold off a late UCSB rally for the 3-2 (30-27, 30-28, 26-30, 27-30, 15-12) victory Tuesday night at Firestone Fieldhouse.
For the Waves (7-1, 7-1 MPSF) Parfitt (20 kills, 13 digs) and Mayer (10 kills, 12 digs) recorded their first double-double of the season, while Sean Rooney led the team in kills with 26. Pepperdine's middle blocker tandem of Hein and Tom Hulse combined for 23 kill without an error and turned in six stuffs at the net.
UCSB (5-7, 5-4 MPSF) got a match-high 28 kills from Evan Patak who led four Gauchos in double-figure kill totals. From the middle Theo Brunner and Michael Kennedy turned in solid efforts with 16 and 10 kills, respectively, while Jake Wiens ended the night with 14.
Trailing 12-7 in the opening frame, UCSB was sparked to an 8-1 run by a Patak kill. Consecutive Pafitt kills would eventually even the game back at 18-18 before a 4-1 Wave run seemed to seal the game. But out of a timeout UC Santa Barbara would rattle off three straight points before a service error halted the Gaucho's momentum. Back-to-back kills by Mayer and Hein set up game point which would come in the form of a Rooney smash two points later.
Game two would see Pepperdine string together a 5-1 run to knot the game at 10-all. The two squads traded sideouts to 15 before a 3-0 spurt gave UCSB the 18-15 advantage. This time four different Pepperdine attackers would give the Waves a 20-18 lead, forcing a Gaucho timeout. UCSB would pull back to even at 23-23 sending the teams into a sideout stalemate. A Hulse kill followed by a ball-handling error gave Pepperdine the edge it needed as Rooney tallied the final two Wave kills.
Pepperdine got out fast in game three holding a four-point lead, 13-9. The Gauchos would matriculate back into the game to take a 19-18 lead. Moments later they would extend the lead to 21-19. With the scored knotted at 24-all, a 4-0 UCSB run was too much to overcome and Patak's 20th kill of the night gave new life to the Gauchos.
After opening a 9-6 lead in game four, Pepperdine would find the score tied at 15-15. Three consecutive Wave points were quickly erased as the game was once again even at 21-all. The Gauchos built up a two-point edge at 24-22 and held on for the win setting up the fifth and final game.
There is little time to celebrate Pepperdine's fifth consecutive win as defending national champion BYU will be in town this weekend for a pair of matches. Friday night's match is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. (PT) first serve, while Saturday's tilt is slated for 3 p.m. On Saturday, Pepperdine will honor the 1985 national championship team. The team, dubbed "The Malibu Roofing Co.," is celebrating its 20th Anniversary.