March 16, 2006
MALIBU, Calif. - For the second time in the last four matches Pepperdine downed the UCLA Bruins in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) action. Thursday night it was a 3-1 (30-21, 31-29, 26-30, 30-25) victory in Firestone Fieldhouse. The victory moves the Waves to 13-4 on the season and in conference play and more importantly keeps them in the hunt for at least one home match in the postseason.
It was a team effort for the Waves who had four players record double-digit kill totals on the night with freshman Paul Carroll's 22 leading all players.
UCLA (12-12, 5-10 MPSF) got off to a hot start on the night, taking a 3-0 lead in game one. One of Jonathan Winder's five kills on the night capped Pepperdine's climb back into the game and evened the score at 12-12. Following a Bruin kill, the Waves used a 4-0 run to take a three-point 16-13 lead. Pepperdine never let UCLA back into the game, building up leads of five and seven points en route to the nine-point victory.
The Waves claimed the first point of game two and never trailed despite a furious Bruin comeback. Trailing, 9-3, UCLA used a 5-1 run to cut the gap to just two, 10-8. The Waves would maintain a healthy lead until a 24-18 advantage. A 7-2 Bruin spurt pulled UCLA within one, 26-25. Back-to-back kills by Tom Hulse kept Pepperdine in front before taking a 2-0 lead in the match.
Hulse would log 15 kills on the night and hit a team-best .577 with John Parfitt's 12 and Jon Grobe's 10 rounding out the double-digit totals on the night. Carroll added 14 digs, while Parfitt finished the night with 13 and Grobe chipped in with 10 as all three players recorded double-doubles in the match.
Steve Klosterman had a team-high 20 kills for the Bruins and Sean O'Malley added 12 in the losing effort.
The Bruins would make their only strike of the night in game three with a 5-1 run after the score was locked at 25-all. UCLA took a four-point 8-4 lead early only to see Pepperdine knot the game at 13-13. Eleven ties would ensue with the final stalemate coming at 25-all.
After an early struggle, UCLA looked like it would push the match to a fifth game after taking a four-point 11-7 lead. Trailing 16-12, Pepperdine mounted its charge scoring five of the next six points to tie the game at 17-17. Ties at 18-, 19- and 20-all followed before a 3-0 run put the home team up for good.
The Waves return to action Saturday night as it travels to top-ranked UC Irvine for a 7 p.m. (PT) first serve.