Feb. 18, 2006
MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine got off to a 2-0 lead over Cal State Northridge Saturday night but would have to rally to defeat the Matadors, 3-2 (30-24, 30-26, 35-37, 26-30, 15-13), in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) match at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu, Calif.
In the decisive game, Pepperdine (8-3, 8-3 MPSF) would pull out to a three-point, 6-3, lead off a Paul Carroll service ace. The Waves would extend the lead to four, 8-4, off a Carroll kill as the teams switched ends of the floor. CSUN (8-5, 4-4 MPSF) rattled off the first three points after the change to cut the game to 8-7. Out of a Pepperdine timeout, the Waves answered the Matador's run and took an 11-7 lead. But Northridge would use a 4-1 run to cut the Pepperdine lead to two, 13-11. That would be as close as CSUN would get as the two teams traded sideouts the rest of the way.
John Parfitt paced the Waves with a career-high 27 kills on .457 hitting, while Carroll would chip in with 21 kills. Andy Hein sealed the victory for Pepperdine with his 14th kill of the night and Jon Grobe added 10. The Waves limited the Matadors to just .280 hitting and recorded 26 total blocks led by Tom Hulse's 12. Hein ended the contest with nine blocks, Carroll recorded eight as did Parfitt, while Grobe chipped in on seven.
Dan Rhodes' 41 kills on 71 swings led all players, while Cary Hanson and Matt Bellante tacked on 10 in the losing effort.Bellante led the Matadors with eight blocks as the team was credited with 15.5 total for the match.
Pepperdine took game one on .406 hitting led by Parfitt's seven kills in the game. The Waves led from start to finish in the frame recording six blocks and holding CSUN to .233 hitting despite Rhodes' 10 kills in the game.
Rhodes added five more kills to his total in game two but as a team the Matatdors were held to a .195 hitting clip to find themselves down 2-0 in the match. The Waves cooled off a bit offensively, hitting just .286, but posted 6.5 more blocks in the stanza, while Parfitt added eight more kills.
The match looked as if it would come to an end in game three as kills by Parfitt and Hein put the Waves up 19-17. CSUN would answer with three-unanswered points but a 3-1 Pepperidne run gave the Waves a 22-21 lead. Northridge would score four of the next five points to take a 25-23 lead. With the score knotted at 27-27 CSUN scored two of the next three points and was serving for the game up 29-28. Hein evened the game at 29-all and a Matador error gave the Waves the first of six match points serves in the game. Each time CSUN would stave off the loss until recording three consecutive kills to push the match to a fourth game.
Northridge would get out quickly of the Waves in game four and would build up a six-point 17-11 lead. Pepperdine would mount a late charge after trailing 25-20 the Waves scored four of the next five points capped by a Tanner Sutherland ace to make the score 26-24. A block of Hanson cut the CSUN lead to just one, 26-25, but it would be as close as the Waves would get.
Pepperdine will be on the road for its next two contests as the team heads to Pacific and Stanford next weekend. Both matches are scheduled for 7 p.m. (PT) first serves.