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Off Night for Pepperdine Ends in Hawaii Sweep

Feb. 10, 2006

MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine men's volleyball team suffered a 3-0 (30-26, 30-20, 30-21) loss at the hands of Hawaii Friday night at Firestone Fieldhouse in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) tilt in Malibu, Calif.

Pepperdine (7-2, 7-2 MPSF) opened the night with a 4-0 run but it would be the only real highlight for the Waves as they had their 18-match home win streak snapped. Senior Andy Hein led a Pepperdine team which hit .181 on the night with eight kills, while Jonathan Winder led the team with six blocks, including two solo.

Hawaii (5-4, 3-3 MPSF) was hitting on all cylinders from the outside as Jose Delgato, Lauri Hakala and Matt Carere each logged at least 10 kills with Delgato and Hakala hitting .406 and .407, respectively. As a team the Warriors hit .355.

After falling behind to open the first frame, Hawaii managed to take an 8-7 lead. The Waves would rally back from as many as six down to close within one at 20-19 and again at 21-20. A 3-0 Hawaii run maintained the visitor's lead en route to the 1-0 lead in the match.

Hawaii opened game two with three-consecutive points and never looked back as they slowly pulled their way to the ten-point win.

Pepperdine showed signs of breaking the match-long slump in game three as the teams traded side outs to a 7-7 tie. But with the score tied the Waves committed four consecutive errors and were never able to recover.

The Waves will return to action on Wed., Feb. 15, when they travel to UC Santa Barbara. First serve is slated for 7 p.m.