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No. 3 Pepperdine Takes Down No. 14 USC, 3-1

Feb. 9, 2007

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - J.D. Schleppenbach recorded a double-double with a 16-kill, 13-dig effort in his first collegiate start at outside hitter to help pace the third-ranked Pepperdine Waves to a 3-1 (26-30, 30-24, 30-26, 30-25) victory over No. 14 USC Trojans at the Galen Center in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) action Friday night.

Paul Carroll led Pepperdine (8-1, 7-1 MPSF) with 26 kills and 11 digs. Jon Grobe added 12 kills to go along with two aces and five digs. Tom Hulse and Carroll recorded a team-high six blocks each.

Juan Figueroa led all players with 30 kills on .480 hitting. C.J. Schellenberg had 13 kills and two blocks, while Matt Anderson added 10 kills to go along with seven digs.

Service errors proved costly in game one as Pepperdine committed eight while toeing the line. USC crawled out of a 7-4 hole to tie the score at 13-13 off a kill from Hunter Current. The Waves retained their lead until Schellenberg's second kill of the game gave the Trojans a 19-18 advantage. With the game knotted at 21-all, USC broke the game open with a 6-2 run that was keyed by three Pepperdine miscues.

Pepperdine's block showed up in game two and helped pave the way to a 10-6 lead. USC would take their first lead of the game 18-17 when Schellenberg notched his sixth kill of the night. Carroll answered and teamed up with Hulse to stuff Schellenberg pushing the Waves back on top 19-18. Schleppenbach's third kill of game two opened a 5-0 run that included a Schleppenbach ace. Down 25-20 the Trojans never mounted a charge as Pepperdine evened the match at 1-1.

USC was forced to burn an early timeout in game three after Pepperdine jumped out to a 4-1 lead. Trailing 7-3, the Trojans went on a 4-0 run that tied the set at 7-7. The two teams traded points to a 13-13 stalemate at which time the Waves mustered a modest 3-0 run. USC kept the score close until a Schleppenbach kill ignited the second 5-0 run of the game for Pepperdine. USC cut a 26-20 deficit down to just two as Figueroa recorded three straight kills as part of a 4-0 run. But the Waves closed out the set with a 4-2 run to take a 2-1 lead in the match. Eight Trojan service errors aided the Pepperdine cause.

Pepperdine seized control of the match early in game four by scoring five of the first six points of the game. The 6-2 run by the Waves included three kills and an ace by Carroll. Pepperdine built the lead up to as many as eight when Hulse and Winder teamed up to stuff Hunter Current, making the score 16-8. USC slowly chipped away at the daunting deficit and managed to pull within four when Andrew Vernon and Schellenberg turned away a Carroll attempt to make the score 27-24. But that would be as close as the Trojans would get in the game.

Pepperdine will return home tomorrow night when it hosts UC Santa Cruz in non-conference action. First serve is slated for 7 p.m. PT at Firestone Fieldhouse.