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Waves Cut Down Cardinal, 3-1

Feb. 25, 2006

MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine improved to 10-3 over all and in conference play Saturday night with a 3-1 (30-26, 30-24, 27-30, 31-29) victory over Stanford in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play at the Burnham Center in Palo Alto, Calif.

With the score tied at 17-17 in the game one, Pepperdine used a 3-1 run capped by a Tom Hulse service ace to take control of what was a tightly-contested game in the early goings. The Waves hit just .290 in the frame but held Stanford (4-14, 2-10 MPSF) to .108 in the frame.

The Waves improved their hitting percentage in game two with 14 kills on 33 swings for a .303 clip and got off to a 7-3 lead to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the match. Stanford would get as close as three, 13-10 after a 3-0 run, but it would be as close as the Cardinal would get as Pepperdine answered with a 4-0 run in taking a 17-10 lead.

John Parfitt led the Waves with 16 kills and Andy Hein chipped in with 14 on .571 hitting. Hulse added seven kills without an error and recorded a team-best eight blocks as Pepperdine held Stanford to .131 hitting in the match with 15.5 total blocks.

Ben Reddy notched a match-high 27 kills to lead the Cardinal. William Clayton tacked on 10 kills in the match and Chris Ahlfeldt recorded seven but no other Stanford player recorded more than three in the loss.

Stanford's lone win can in game three despite hitting minus .094 for the game. After a Pepperdine block of Matt Ceran, the Cardinal went on a 5-0 run with only one kill to take a 16-11 lead. The Waves would knot the game up at 16-all with a 5-0 run of their own. Ties at 18-, 19-, 20- and 21-21 would follow before Pepperdine claimed a 23-21 advantage. After consecutive attack errors by the Waves, Stanford held a 25-24 lead. A Cardinal attack error found the game tied at 25-all and for the final time as Stanford closed out the game with a 5-2 run.

The final game saw the Waves in control from the start. Despite trailing by at least four and as many as seven, the Cardinal managed to climb back into the game and tie the score at 29-29. A Reddy service error gave Pepperdine its first shot at match point and Hein delivered with a kill.

The Waves wrap up their current three-match road swing on Wed., March 1, at 7 p.m. (PT) against UCLA at Pauley Pavilion. The match will mark the first time these two teams have met since Pepperdine downed the Bruins 3-2 on May 7, 2005 to claim the program's fifth national title.