March 9, 2006
MALIBU, Calif. - After not playing for seven day the Pepperdine men's volleyball team began Thursday's Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) tilt against Long Beach State sluggish and was not able to find a rhythm as the Waves were swept, 30-18, 30-23, 30-28, at Firestone Fieldhouse.
Long Beach State (14-6, 9-5 MPSF) jumped out of the game with aggressive serves to get out to a 6-2 lead. The lead would reach seven, 10-3, before a 5-1 Pepperdine (11-4, 11-4 MPSF) run pulled the Waves within two, 10-8. A kill by the Beach's Robert Tarr would open a 7-2 49er run which would push the lead back to eight, 18-10. The Waves would hit .000 with 12 kills and errors on 39 swings in the game as LBSU took a 1-0 lead in the match on .412 hitting.
Duncan Budinger led all players with 19 kills on .395 hitting. Tarr added 12 kills on .364 hitting, while Teddy Liles hit .875 with seven kills on eight errorless swings for Long Beach State.
Games two and three saw the 49ers get out to 5-1 leads. LBSU would extend the lead to six, 9-3 in game two. The Waves were never able to recover despite improving to .310 hitting in the game.
After falling behind in game three, Pepperdine would cut the 49er lead to two, 10-8, off a Tanner Sutherland ace. Following a Tyler Hildebrand ace, the 49ers held a 17-13 advantage. Out of a time out, the Waves used a 5-2 run to pull within one, 19-18. The game looked like it was going to be tied up at 19-19 but an apparent Pepperdine block was covered by LBSU and in transition, Budinger recorded a kill, preserving the lead. Trailing, 24-20, the Waves used a 3-0 run to close to one, 24-23, but it would be as close as Pepperdine would get.
The Waves will return to action Saturday night at 7 p.m. when they host the UC San Diego Tritons at Firestone Fieldhouse.