March 1, 2006
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - In the first meeting since the 2005 national championship match between Pepperdine and UCLA, the Waves pulled off a 30-28, 30-28, 30-22 sweep over the Bruins Wednesday night at Pauley Pavilion in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) men's volleyball action.
Pepperdine (11-3, 11-3 MPSF) completed the sweep in convincing fashion during game three. The Waves got off to a quick 7-2 lead before UCLA (10-8, 5-6 MPSF) called a time out. The Bruins would close the gap to two, 8-6, before kills by three different Waves pushed the lead back to five, 11-7. UCLA would fight its way back and tie the game at 12- and 13-all before four consecutive Pepperdine kills - the final three by John Parfitt - had the Waves back on top for good, 17-13. The two teams traded sideouts until consecutive Parfitt kills capped a 3-0 run and provided the visitors with their margin of victory.
Paul Carroll led a balanced Wave attack with 16 kills on .324 hitting. Parfitt added 15 kills, while Tom Hulse chipped in with eight, Andy Hein recorded seven and Jon Grobe registered six. Setter Jonathan Winder logged four errorless kills, nine digs and three blocks as Pepperdine held a 10.0-6.5 edge on the stat sheet in total blocks. Hulse's six block assists paced the Wave defense.
UCLA received a match-high 27 kills from Steve Klosterman on .511 hitting and 10 from Paul George but no other Bruin had more than three as the team hit just .270 for the match.
Games one and two were close much of the way and were both tied at 26-26 before Pepperdine was able to close out the games with 4-2 runs.
After the Waves took a 15-11 lead in game one, the Bruins used a 10-4 run to take a 22-19 lead. A Parfitt kill set up a 5-1 Pepperdine run before UCLA evened the contest up at 26-all. Consecutive kills by Hulse and Grobe gave the Waves the two-point lead they needed as the teams traded the final four points of the game.
Game two saw Pepperdine start to pull away after lead by just one, 13-12. A 5-1 Wave run opened the game up a bit and after a pair of UCLA points the Pepperdine lead would reach six, 21-15. But the Bruins weren't done and recorded the next three points. The Waves led by four 26-22 when UCLA were on a 5-0 run to take its first lead of the game, 27-26. A kill by Hein was followed by a Klosterman hitting error and Pepperdine regained the lead, 28-27. David Russell would knot the game at 28-28 before a kill by Hulse was followed by a Hulse and Carroll block of Klosterman putting the Waves up, 2-0 in the match.
Pepperdine will take a few days off before retuning to action Thurs., March 9, when it returns home to host the Long Beach State 49ers in the first of three consecutive home matches. First serve for the contest is scheduled for 7 p.m. (PT).