Feb. 9, 2006
MALIBU, Calif. - On April 16, 2004 Hawaii swept Pepperdine in the regular-season finale in Malibu. It was the last time the Waves have tasted defeat on their home floor, a span a 17-home contests. Thursday night the Warriors brought in a No. 6 ranking and two weeks of prep work in an effort to steal a match from top-ranked Pepperdine. After falling behind 2-1 in the match, the Waves blew out Hawaii in game four and ran away with the fifth to successfully extend their win streak to 18 in front of 1,042 fans at Firestone Fieldhouse.
With Pepperdine (7-1, 7-1 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) trailing 2-1 in the match and the score locked at 6-6 a Tanner Sutherland kill, two Hawaii (4-4, 2-3 MPSF) attack errors and a kill from Paul Carroll set the tone for the rest of the night as the Waves survived the Warrior's upset bid. With Sutherland at the service line, Hawaii struggled to control the hard jump serves and the Waves built up a commanding eight-point, 15-7 lead. Hawaii head coach Mike Wilton began to pull his starters one-by-one as Pepperdine rolled to the 30-19 win, knotting the match at 2-2. The Waves hit .552 for the game and held Hawaii to .107.
The Warriors looked like a team that had delivered its knock-out punch in games two and three and stood stunned as Pepperdine was able to counter in such a dominating fashion in game four as the teams lined up for the final frame. The Waves struck first, but Hawaii answered with two quick points to take a 2-1 lead. But a 7-1 run by the home team gave Pepperdine an 8-3 lead, much to the delight of the home crowd. At 9-5, four consecutive Wave kills sealed Hawaii's fate as Pepperdine went on to the 15-8 game-five victory. Hawaii committed five errors on 14 swings and hit .000 for the game, while Pepperdine recorded nine kills on 12 swings to hit .667.
Parfitt led all players with 21 kills and hit at a .486 clip to help lead the Waves. Carroll chipped in with 15, Andy Hein added 11 and Sutherland came off the bench to hit .615 with nine kills. Defensively, Pepperdine turned away 12 Hawaii attacks led by Hein's eight and limited the Warriors to .287 hitting as a team. Pepperdine hit a combined .433 behind Jonathan Winder's 63 assists.
Hawaii received 19 kills from Jose Delgato, 17 from Matt Carere and 13 from Lauri Hakala.
After playing to a 5-5 stalemate in game one, a kill from setter Winder sparked a 3-0 Pepperdine run that was capped by a pair of Hawaii hitting errors. The two squads would trade side outs until a Hein kill was followed by a block of Carere by Winder and Tom Hulse. The block pushed the Waves' lead to four, 16-12. With the score in Pepperdine's favor, 19-15, a Hein kill would be the start of a 4-0 run as the Waves cruised to the 30-24 victory and a 1-0 lead in the match.
Hawaii jumped out to a 5-2 lead in game two and after a 3-0 Pepperdine run the score was knotted at 5-all. A 6-2 Warrior spurt would be the start of Hawaii's efforts to pull away from the home team. The lead would reach as many as seven at 24-17 before Pepperdine started to fight back. A kill from Parfitt was followed by a kill from Hein. A pair of Parfitt kills bookended a Hawaii miscue and the deficit was cut to two, 24-22. A kill from Jon Grobe narrowed the gap to one, 27-26, but it would be as close as the Waves could get as the Warriors evened the match at 1-1 with a 30-27 victory.
Game three was a nip-and-tuck battle early on with nine ties, the last coming at 11-all. Two Warrior kills and a Pepperdine error sent the visitors up with a 14-11 lead. Kills by Parfitt and Grobe cut the lead to one, 14-13 but Delgato maintained the Hawaii lead with a kill. The Waves managed to hang close just looking for the chance to cut into the Warrior's lead but with Hakala toeing the service line the game got out of hand. Hakala served four consecutive points off bombing serves which kept Pepperdine from ever getting a good offensive look. His run would end with a service error but the damage had been done. The Waves subbed Sutherland into the lineup to serve as Pepperdine fought off four game-point tries, but a Delgato kill gave Hawaii the 30-26 victory.
These two teams will conclude their two-match series tomorrow night in Malibu. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. (PT) in Firestone Fieldhouse.