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Pepperdine Stuned in 3-2 Loss to UCSB

Feb. 16, 2006

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Sometimes the number lie. Pepperdine recorded more kills, hit for a higher percentage and out-blocked UC Santa Barbara Wednesday night at Rob Gym but it was the Gauchos who pulled off the 3-2 (26-30, 30-27, 37-35, 20-30, 15-13) Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) victory in Santa Barbara, Calif.

The Waves (7-3, 7-3 MPSF) hit .571 as a team in game one recording 18 kills with just two errors to take a 1-0 lead in the match. After falling behind 7-4 in the frame, Pepperdine used an 11-5 run capped by a Jonathan Winder ace to force the Gauchos (7-8, 5-6 MPSF) into a timeout, while taking a 15-12 lead. The Wave advantage would reach five, 19-14, out of the stoppage on a Tom Hulse kill. An 8-3 run by UCSB evened the game at 22-all before a Hulse kill, a Paul Carroll kill and a Pepperdine block put the Waves up by three. The late run would prove to be the difference as the two teams traded sideouts the rest of the way.

Carroll led the Waves with 22 kills and was followed by John Parfitt's 16 and Andy Hein and Tanner Sutherland's 14 as the team hit .374 for the match. Pepperdine held a 14.5-11.0 advantage in blocks paced by Hein and Hulse who each recorded six.

UCSB received 29 kills from Evan Patak in his first full match in three weeks Bryan Berman chipped in 17 and David Kennedy added 10 in the victory.

Pepperdine was its own worst enemy in game two.

The Waves committed 11 attack errors and six service errors in the game as the Gauchos evened the match at 1-1. UCSB took seven fewer swings in the stanza and recorded two fewer kills but logged five blocks and an ace, while Pepperdine committed six service errors to just one ace. Carroll had seven kills in the game but it was not enough for the visitors who hit just .086 in the game.

Both teams had numerous chances to take game three. Pepperdine seemed in control leading 20-17 and 25-23 but at the later, the Waves committed a service error, were aced and blocked as UCSB went ahead in the game, 26-25. The teams traded sideouts to a 29-29 stalemate. Sutherland gave Pepperdine its first swing at game point with an ace. Patak locked the score at 31-all and on the ensuing play, Hein was solo blocked by Theo Brunner giving the Gauchos their second swing for the game. UCSB would serve for the game two more times before a Hein kill was followed by a Patak error and Pepperdine was serving for the game at 35-34. UCSB would go to Berman who connected on back-to-back swings and a Wave attack on the next play went wide as Santa Barbara took a two-games-to-one lead in the match. UCSB won the game despite Pepperdine hitting at a .486 clip.

Before UCSB was done celebrating their win in game three Pepperdine was up 21-9 in game four. The Waves only committed three attack errors in the game, while hitting at a .375 clip. The Gauchos were limited to .059 hitting as the Waves turned in six blocks.

In game five the teams traded sideouts to a 4-4 tie. Consecutive kills from Sutherland gave the Waves the first break of the game and a 6-4 lead. Patak and Berman evened the game at 6-6 and a UCSB block of Sutherland gave the Gauchos the 8-6 lead at the switch. A block of Carroll pushed the lead to three, 10-7, and after a Berman service hit the tape and trickled over the net for an ace Pepperdine trailed 12-8. Trailing 13-9, Pepperdine went on a 4-1 run capped by a Hein ace to make the score 14-13 but on the following play, Patak ended the contest.

Pepperdine will return to action Saturday afternoon when it takes on Cal State Northridge at 3 p.m. (PT) in Firestone Fieldhouse. The match will be part of the University's homecoming festivities and will preclude the men's basketball game against Portland at 7 p.m.