March 5, 2005
MALIBU, Calif. - The No. 3-ranked Pepperdine men's volleyball team dropped the first game to No. 2-ranked Hawaii Friday night before 5449 fans at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu before claiming the next three to complete the two-game season-series sweep of the Warriors, 3-1 (22-30, 32-30, 30-28, 30-19).
Hawaii (11-4, 9-3 MPSF) opened the night on fire hitting at a .625 clip recording 23 kills on 32 swings, while just committing three errors. A Kyle Klinger kill opened a four-point Warrior lead at 10-6 and Pepperdine (12-1, 12-1 MPSF) would get no closer in the game.
The Waves would fall behind early in game two, 7-4, before chipping away at the Hawaii lead. Pepperdine would trail until the first of back-to-back Sean Rooney kills gave the Waves their first lead of the night at 29-28. A John Parfitt error was followed by one of his match-leading 21 kills giving Pepperdine a 30-29 edge. The Warriors responded with a kill from Pedro Azenha before a Rooney kill was followed by a Hawaii error to even the match at 1-1.
Tom Hulse was spectacular for the Waves logging eight kills on 10 errorless swings while stuffing nine balls at the net. Parfitt's 21 kills led the way, while John Mayer recorded 16 from the rightside and Rooney and Andy Hein tallied 15 and 13, respectively.
Azenha paced the Hawaii attack with 19 kills, while Matt Bender and Maulia La Barre logged 18 and 11, respectively.
The two teams were at a stalemate after the first 20 points of game three but the Warriors would jump out to an 18-14 lead from there. Pepperdine would not even up the game until with Mayer at the service line a Parfitt kill was sandwiched between a pair of Hawaii attack errors as the Waves went on a 3-0 spurt to close the game.
With freshman Jonathan Winder at the service line early in game four, Pepperdine used a 6-0 run to build a 10-4 advantage. The lead would continue to grow from there as the Waves never let Hawaii back into the match.
Pepperdine hit .513 for the match, including .714 in games three and four and outblocked Hawaii by a 13.5-5.5 margin.
With the win, Pepperdine holds on to its lead in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF). The coming week will prove to be pivotal as the Waves have a pair of tough home matches against UC Irvine on Thursday and top-ranked UCLA on Saturday.