March 25, 2005
MALIBU, Calif. - Top-ranked Pepperdine opened Friday night's match against 10th-ranked Stanford sluggish hitting just .194 to the Cardinal's .290 in game one but rebounded in games 2-4 for its 15th-consecutive victory of the season, 3-1 (23-30, 30-21, 30-21, 30-27) in front of 871 fans at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu, Calif.
"We were out of sync in game one, everyone was on a little different timing," commented three-time All-American Sean Rooney. "But as the match wore on we started to find our rhythm on offense and with the block. The block really started to shut them down and helped turn the game around."
Game two saw the Pepperdine (17-1, 17-1 MPSF) block at its finest. The Waves turned back nine Stanford (8-11, 7-9 MPSF) attacks, holding the Cardinal to just .027 hitting. Pepperdine used its block to open up a 9-5 lead in the game as John Mayer and John Parfitt turned in back-to-back solo blocks. Later in the game, Tom Hulse and Mayer would team up for consecutive blocks as the Waves went up 15-9. Leading 23-17, Pepperdine's block took over as Mayer logged a solo block followed by a block assist with Hulse, a Rooney and Hulse block and another Mayer solo stuff, giving the Waves a 27-17 lead.
Rooney led all players with 25 kills on 56 errorless swings. Parfitt was the only other Wave in double figures with 12. Mayer just missed a triple double logging eight kills, 12 digs and eight blocks. Andy Hein recorded nine kills and four blocks, while Hulse turned away seven attacks.
Three Stanford players logged double-digit kill totals led by Ben Reddy's 17 and Chris Ahlfeldt's 14.
Game three was knotted at 11-all when the Cardinal took a 15-13 lead but Pepperdine would score 10-unanswered points and close out the game on a 5-1 run.
The final game of the night was a tightly contested one. The Waves recorded back-to-back blocks to open a five-point lead at 15-10. Stanford would close the gap to three with a 3-0, making the score 21-18. The game would get as close as one point at 25-24, but Pepperdine never let go of the lead.
The win secures an 11-0 home Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) record for Pepperdine which will play four of its last five matches on the road. The next match for the Waves is scheduled for March 31 against Long Beach State in Long Beach.