Feb. 23, 2005
MALIBU, Calif. - Sophomore John Parfitt banged out 10 kills in the opening frame to set the tone of No. 2-ranked Pepperdine's 3-0 (30-27, 30-24, 30-24) victory over No. 8-ranked Cal State Northridge at Firestone Fieldhouse Wednesday evening in Malibu.
Pepperdine (10-1, 10-1 MPSF) wasted no time getting back in the swing of things after a 10-day layoff jumping out to an early 6-2 lead in game one. Northridge (7-9, 4-8 MPSF) would rally back to within one at 23-22 after Cary Hanson and Matt Bellante teamed up for one of the Matadore's three blocks in the game. The Waves would stop the comeback attempt with a 4-1 run as Parfitt and Andy Hein teamed up for back-to-back stuffs sending Pepperdine on to a 1-0 lead in the match.
Parfitt led all players in the match with a career-high 24 kills to go along with five digs and five block assists. Sean Rooney added 17 kills and a pair of service aces for Pepperdine, while John Mayer recorded his second double-double of the season with an 11-kill, 10-dig effort.
No Northridge players reached double-figure kill totals as the Waves logged 9.5 blocks and limited the Matador offense to just .168 hitting, including a .065 mark in game three. Hanson finished with a team-best nine kills, while Bellante logged six on 13 swings without an error.
Game two saw Northridge build a 9-5 advantage with a 5-0 run early. Pepperdine would inch its way back into the contest and regain the lead at 19-17 via a 5-0 run of its own. The Matadors managed to knot the contest up at 22-all before a pair of Rooney kills sparked another 5-0 Pepperdine run sending the Waves on to victory.
Trailing, 7-6, in the third game, Pepperdine used a Rooney kill, a pair of blocks and a Rooney ace to pull away from Northridge 12-8. The edge would be all the Waves needed as the Matadors were never able to recover and Pepperdine completed it second-consecutive sweep.
The Waves will head to Honolulu next week for a pair of matches against #3 Hawaii at the Stan Sheriff Center, March 2 and 4. First serve both nights is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. (PT).