March 19, 2005
MALIBU, Calif. - The always humble Marv Dunphy described Saturday's 3-0 (30-27, 30-27, 30-20) victory - Dunphy's 400th career win - over No. 11 Pacific as `just another win' but it was much more than that as the top-ranked Pepperdine Waves moved to 10-0 at home and won their 14th consecutive match. More importantly, the Waves now sit at 16-1 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play 2.5 games ahead of second place UCLA (13-3) for the right to host the conference tournament in April.
Pepperdine (16-1) raced out to a 5-2 lead in game three before falling behind. A John Mayer kill evened the game at 10-10 and sent the Waves on a 6-1 run and a 15-11 lead. The Tigers (12-13, 6-11 MPSF) would close the gap to three at 18-15 before Pepperdine put the game out of reach with a 9-2 run. The run was fueled by a pair of Sean Rooney service aces, two of Mayer's team-leading 12 kills and capped by a Jonathan Winder and Andy Hein block. The Waves dominated the point of attack in game three recording six blocks, including both of Pepperdine's final points.
Rooney and John Parfitt each hit better than .300, while recording 10 kills each for the Waves. Hein added nine kills with one error (.471) and accounted for a team-best seven blocks.
Pacific got 10 kills from Brian Zodrow who accounted for a career-high 32 in the two team's first meeting of the season on Jan. 14 in Stockton, Calif. Zodrow was also responsible for three of the Tigers' six service aces.
The Waves took a 1-0 lead in the match after capitalizing on five Tiger ball handling errors in game one. Back-to-back Zodrow aces opened a 7-5 lead for Pacific before a 7-2 Pepperdine spurt gave the Waves a three-point lead at 12-9. Consecutive Parfitt kills pushed the lead to five at 16-11. Trailing 28-23, Pacific recorded three straight kills and Zodrow capped off a 4-0 run with his third ace of the game to cut the deficit to one, 28-27. But a block from Hein and Rooney was followed by Tom Hulse's only kill of the night to seal the win.
Game two was dominated by the Tigers who outhit Pepperdine by a .467-.250 margin and outblocked the Waves 6.0-1.0, while recording 19 kills to Pepperdine's 14. But nine Pacific service errors, including four consecutive and on game-point, would prove to be too much to overcome.
Pepperdine will take a few days off before ending its five-match homestand on March 26 against Stanford. First serve is slated for 7:00 p.m. (PT) at Firestone Fieldhouse.