Feb. 17, 2007
MALIBU, Calif. - It took just 89 minutes for the second-ranked Pepperdine Waves to hand the top-ranked BYU Cougars a 3-0 (30-28, 30-23, 30-21) defeat Saturday afternoon in Mountain Pacific Sports (MPSF) play at Firestone Fieldhouse.
The victory is eighth straight for Pepperdine which improves to 11-1 on the season and 9-1 in league play. For BYU it marks the fourth straight loss of the season and third straight to Pepperdine.
Paul Carroll paced the Pepperdine attack with 14 kills and caused fits in the BYU backcourt delivering four aces to just two errors. J.D. Schleppenbach added nine kills for the Waves and Greg Gaudino chipped in with seven. Tom Hulse finished the match with eight blocks, including two solo.
Yosleyder Cala led all players with 17 kills on .324 hitting, while Ivan Perez was pulled out of the match late in game three with eight kills on .038 hitting. Russell Holmes also accounted for eight kills.
Already leading 2-0 in the match, Pepperdine wasted no time in their efforts to complete the sweep by jumping out to an 11-7 lead in game three. The lead reached five, 15-10, after Carroll and Hulse stuffed Perez at the net. Consecutive kills from Cala and Russell pulled the Cougars within two at 19-17. Still trailing by two, BYU got a dose of Carroll, who extended the lead to four, and was blocked on three consecutive plays as the crowd of 2,504 continued to feel the inevitable. Carroll toed the line with a 27-19 advantage and unleashed a pair of serves. The first led to the third block of Perez in the game, the other an ace. Schleppenbach ended the Cougas' winless trip to Southern California.
Pepperdine opened the match with a 6-1 run only to see BYU answer with a 7-1 run to take an 8-7 lead. Out of a timeout, the Waves scored 11of the next 13 points to take a commanding 19-12 lead in the set. The Cougars chipped away at the home team's lead to close within two 27-25. Cala followed his own hitting error with a kill and two BYU blocks later the frame was tied at 28-all. Pepperdine setter Jonathan Winder, who was blocked by Cala on a dump attempt, went back to the dump giving the Waves game-point. Winder then toed the service line and sent the ball between a pair of Cougars who looked at each other as the ball fell to the floor.
BYU struck first in game two only to see Pepperdine use a 9-4 run to take an 18-12 lead. The Waves extended their lead to as many as eight 22-14. The Cougars fought back with a 3-0 run to close the gap to 25-20 but that would be as close as they would get before Pepperdine took a 2-0 lead in the match.
There will be little time to celebrate this week's victories as Stanford and Pacific come to town on Thursday and Friday, respectively. Both matches are slated for 7 p.m. PT first serves.