Feb. 22, 2007
MALIBU, Calif. - Paul Carroll's 15 kills on .423 hitting helped lead the top-ranked Pepperdine Waves to a 3-0 (30-14, 30-22, 30-23) victory over the Stanford Cardinal Thursday night at Firestone Fieldhouse in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play.
With the victory, Pepperdine improves to 12-1 (10-1 MPSF) and has now won nine straight matches. Stanford falls to 1-15 on the season and 1-11 in league play.
Carroll led all players in kills and accounted for two of the team's eight service aces in the match. J.D. Schleppenbach had nine kills to go along with a team-high three aces. Greg Gaudino had eight kills, two aces and five blocks, while Tom Hulse led the way with seven blocks.
Matt Ceran was the lone Cardinal to reach double-digits in kills with 10. Evan Romero had seven on minus .250 hitting. Pepperdine's 13.5 team blocks limited Stanford to minus .043 hitting for the match.
Pepperdine overcame a 3-0 hole in the first game of the night by going on a 16-4 run. During the run, Carroll notched his first ace of the night and Schleppenbach blasted three straight. After consecutive hitting errors by the Waves made the score 23-13, Pepperdine closed out the game with a 7-1 run that included three blocks.
Stanford led 3-0 for the second straight game in game two only to see Pepperdine answer with an 8-1 run. The Cardinal cut the deficit to one at 11-10 off a kill by Ed Howell. A kill by Gaudino on the ensuing play started the home team on a 7-1 run that made the score 18-11. The Pepperdine advantage held up when the Cardinal were never able to make a run giving the Waves a 2-0 lead in the match.
Pepperdine completed the sweep only trailing once in game three at 1-0. The Waves used a modest 3-0 run in building a five-point 15-10 lead and were not challenged after four straight Stanford errors pushed the lead to as many as 10, 28-18.
The Waves have a quick turn around, hosting Pacific tomorrow night at 7 p.m. PT.