March 10, 2007
MALIBU, Calif. - The top-ranked Pepperdine Waves erased a 21-13 deficit in game four to complete the season-season sweep of the Hawaii Warriors 3-1 (28-30, 30-19, 30-28, 30-28) in front of 3,339 fans Saturday afternoon at the Stan Sheriff Center in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) action.
The victory extends Pepperdine's win streak to 13 straight, improves the team to 16-1 overall and a league-leading 13-1 mark in conference play. Hawaii falls to 3-13 on the year, including 3-13 in MPSF play.
Paul Carroll topped the 20-kill plateau for the 10th time this season to lead Pepperdine with 23. J.D. Schleppenbach added 16 and Jon Grobe chipped in with 12 on .391 hitting. Carroll completed his third double-double of the season with 11 digs, while setter Jonathan Winder picked up his first with an 56-assists, 12-dig effort.
Tanner Sutherland added 11 digs.
In a match-up of the nation's top two blocking teams, Pepperdine got a leg up on Hawaii 17.5-11.5 paced by Greg Gaudio's career and match-high 11. Carroll narrowly missed his first triple-double of the season with nine blocks and added a match-best four aces.
Matt Vanzant led all players with 24 kills in the contest and Lauri Hakala had 16 for Hawaii which has now dropped four straight. Ric Cervantes picked up a match-high 13 digs and Brian Beckwith had 10.
Pepperdine didn't take its first lead in game one until a bad set by Beckwith provided the Waves with a 19-18 advantage. After surrendering the lead two plays later, Pepperdine grabbed its largest lead of the stanza off a 4-0 run, making the score 25-23. The Warriors took advantage of several Pepperdine miscues down the stretch, however, and a 3-1 run aided by a pair of Waves' hitting errors gave the home team a 1-0 lead in the match.
As in Thursday's match, Pepperdine made quick work of Hawaii in game two. The Waves got out to an 11-5 lead and never looked back. Leading by five at 18-13, Pepperdine evened the match at 1-1 with a 12-6 run.
Hawaii picked up the first big break of game three when it scored five unanswered points off four Pepperdine errors to take a 13-10 lead. The Waves scored six of the next nine points to lock the score at 16 a piece off a Schleppenbach kill. The Warriors kept the advantage and built up a two-point lead at 25-23 before a Schleppenbach kill sparked Pepperdine to a 4-0 run and a two-point lead it would hold on to for a 2-1 lead in the match.
Looking for its second straight series sweep in Honolulu, Pepperdine quickly fell behind the eight ball and trailed 10-5. One of Gaudino's nine kills was followed by a Carroll-Tom Hulse block to cut the score to 12-9. Dio Dante halted the run at two with a kill but the committed a service error that was promptly followed by consecutive Carroll aces and Pepperdine was within one, 13-12.
The Warriors answered with an 8-1 run and seemingly had the match headed to a fifth game. Leading 21-13, Marv Dunphy went to his bench for a spark in the form of John Parfitt. The Anaheim Hills, Calif. native paid immediate dividends by recording a kill and getting in on three blocks during a stretch that saw the Waves reject five Hawaii attacks during a seven-point span.
Holding on by two at 25-23, Hawaii saw its lead vanish in the form of a service error and a Winder kill. Vanzant gave the Warriors their last lead at 26-25 but a 4-0 Pepperdine run sealed Hawaii's fate.
Pepperdine will return home for its final non-conference match of the regular season as it hosts Rutgers-Newark at 7 p.m. PT on Thurs., March 15 at Firestone Fieldhouse.