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Inconsistency Does in Pepperdine Volleyball

March 24, 2006

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Pepperdine was never able to get things started Friday night at the Lyon Center in Los Angelse, Calif., as the Waves were swept by No. 12 Southern California (30-28, 30-22, 30-28) in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play. For the match, Pepperdine committed 27 hitting errors, 13 service errors and hit just .171 in the loss.

Needing a spark to get back into the match, Pepperdine (13-6, 13-6 MPSF) promptly fell behind 6-0 in game three. The trouble would continue to mount as the Waves fell further behind in the game, trailing by as many as nine, 13-4 and 20-11. Still facing a daunting task, down 27-19, Pepperdine got a kill, a block and a kill to trail by five, 27-22. A Trojan (11-14, 7-12 MPSF) kill stopped the run, but the Waves would score consecutive points and trailed by just four, 28-24. Another USC kill gave the home team five swings for the match and they would need them all. A Jon Grobe kill was followed by a block from Tom Hulse and Jonathan Winder forcing USC into a timeout, 29-26. Andy Hein served up an ace out of the stoppage and Hulse recorded a kill cutting the lead to just one, 29-28. But it was not to be as C.J. Schellenberg's final attempt went off the Wave's block and fell to the floor, completing the sweep.

John Parfitt led the Waves with 16 kills but hit just .194, while Grobe logged 12 kills on .259 hitting.

Juan Figueroa's 17 kills led all players with Schellenberg tacking on 15 to the Trojans.

After leading by as many as three in the early going, Pepperdine would let the home team back into the game committing errors on four of its next six swings, aiding a 6-1 USC run. Out of the team's first timeout, the Waves would answer with a 6-3 run to take a 19-18 lead. A kill by Figueroa was followed by a Carroll attack error and a kill from Schellenberg capped a 3-0 Trojan run. Pepperdine would retake the lead, 26-25 following a 6-3 run. Out of a timeout, the Trojans capitalized on four Wave miscues and took the game, 30-28.

Pepperdine hit at a higher percentage, .273-.263, but committed five service errors to UCS' zero. Parfitt recorded seven kills in the game, while Schellenberg led all players with eight.

Early errors in game two put the visitors behind the eight ball from the start. USC would lead by as many as four, 17-13 following a Joao Grangeiro kill and team block of Grobe. The Waves would fight their way back to within one, 17-16 when a Tom Hulse kill was followed by a Parfitt kill and Hulse solo block. But ill-timed errors pushed Pepperdine back into a four-point hole, 20-16. The Wave's woes would continue for the rest of the game as the visitors never found consistency and fell behind two-games-to-none, 30-22.

The Waves will next be in action Thurs., March 30, when it hosts Cal Baptist at 7 p.m. (PT). The match will serve as Pepperdine's lone non-conference match of the regular season.