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Pepperdine's Outsides Too Much for Anteaters

March 10, 2005

MALIBU, Calif. - Sean Rooney, John Parfitt and John Mayer recorded 40 of No. 2-ranked Pepperdine's 55 kills Thursday night at Firestone Fieldhouse as the Waves claimed their 11th-consecutive victory with a 3-0 (30-28, 30-27, 30-25) sweep of No. 12-ranked UC Irvine in Malibu, Calif.

One on Mayers' 11 kills on the night sent Pepperdine (13-1, 13-1 MPSF) ahead 6-2 in game two, a lead never given up by the Waves who maintain a one-half game lead over UCLA in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) race. Irvine (6-16, 4-11 MPSF) would close the gap to one at 8-7 but Pepperdine would score seven of the next eight points to maintain control of the game and the match.

Rooney led all players with 19 kills as he hit a match-best .543, Parfitt chipped in 10. Pepperdine also dominated the point of attack as it held an 11-1 advantage in blocks. Tom Hulse led the way with five blocks, while Andy Hein, Jonathan Winder and Rooney each ended the night with four.

The Anteaters got a team-high 14 kills from Matt Weber who led a trio of Irvine players to finish the night with double-digit kill totals. Jayson Jablonsky and Aaron Harrell each recorded 10.

With Pepperdine leading 28-24 in game one, a Rooney attack was dug by a Irvine player and shattered a light hanging from the ceiling. After a six-minute stoppage in play, the Anteaters came out strong and pulled within one at 28-27. A Rooney kill set up the first of two Wave game-point tries and after a Mayer attack error Rooney put Pepperdine up 1-0 in the match.

Pepperdine took control of game three with the score 6-all with a 4-1 run. UCI would not be able to overcome the difference cutting the Wave lead to two at 18-16, but that would be as close as it would get before Pepperdine completed the sweep.

The Waves will return to action Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. (PT) when it takes on top-ranked UCLA in Firestone Fieldhouse. The Bruins handed Pepperdine its only loss of the season back on Jan. 19 in Los Angeles. Both teams are in a dogfight for the right to host the conference championships at the end of April.