March 8, 2007
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine Waves improved to 5-0 on the road Thursday night in sweeping the Hawaii Warriors 30-28, 30-18, 30-28 at the Stan Sheriff Center in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Pepperdine extends its win streak to 12 matches and improves to 15-1 on the year and 12-1 in conference play. Hawaii falls to 3-12 on the season and 3-10 in the MPSF with the loss.
Paul Carroll and J.D. Schleppenbach led the Waves with 14 and 10 kills, respectively. Carroll added a pair of aces to tie setter Jonathan Winder for the team lead. Winder also had 41 assists and eight digs. Greg Gaudino led the Waves with four block assists and Hawaii edged out Pepperdine 9.5-7.5 as a team.
Lauri Hakala led all players with 18 kills and Matt Vanzant chipped in with 10 for the Warriors. Hakala completed the double-double with a match-leading 11 digs.
Pepperdine's first trip to Hawaii since the 2005 season opened as a tightly contested match that produced 11 ties as the teams were deadlocked at 20-20 off a Hakala kill. Dio Dante's attempt at giving the home team its first lead since 10-9 was errant and Pepperdine used a modest 6-3 run to take a 26-23 lead into a Warrior timeout.
Out of the stoppage, Hawaii rallied back with a 5-2 run that tied the match at 28-all only to see Carroll deliver the knockout blows, first off a kill then an ace.
Game two was never in doubt with Pepperdine jumping out to leads of 8-4 and 15-7 by which time Hawaii had expired both of its timeouts. The Waves were able to sideout on 17-of-18 Warrior serves and hit at a .500 clip as a team with 18 kills on 32 swings.
Pepperdine got out to a quick start again in game three, building a four-point advantage at 8-4. The lead reached as many as seven when Hawaii native Jon Grobe's kill extended the lead to 18-11.
Just when it looked like Pepperdine had the match wrapped in control, Hawaii erased a 28-24 deficit and closed within one 29-28 off consecutive blocks. But in the end, Hakala's final attempt of the night missed its target.
These two teams will have an encore performance Saturday evening at 5 p.m. PT.