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Waves Crash Down on Tritons, 3-0

April 2, 2005

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Pepperdine men's volleyball team improved to 18-2 on the season Saturday night with a 3-0 (30-28, 30-18, 30-2x) victory over UC San Diego at the RIMAC Arena in San Diego, Calif.

Sean Rooney led all players with 18 kills and hit .739. John Parfitt and Andy Hein also reached double-digit kill totals on the night recording 12 and 10, respectively. Freshman Jonathan Winder set the Pepperdine offense to a .427 attack percentage. James Ka recorded a match-leading 14 digs.

Pepperdine wasted no time in jumping out on UCSD (2-20, 1-17) in game one using a pair of Rooney kills and a Winder ace to build a 5-1 lead, forcing the Tritons into a timeout. The lead would reach six at 9-3 on a Tom Hulse kill before San Diego began to climb back into the game. Following an Andy Hein kill that made the score 18-14, Pepperdine, the Tritons used consecutive Hein blocking errors and an Adam Toren ace to close within one. After Back-to-back kills from UCSD's Luke Honnette and Toren the game was tied at 20-20. A Mayer kill and a block from Hein and Parfitt gave the Waves a 23-21 lead but a Pepperdine service error and a Triton block knotted the score at 24-all. Ties at 25- and 26-all were followed by a Rooney kill and a ball-handling error on Toren leading the Waves to the 1-0 lead in the match.

Trailing 7-6 in game two, Pepperdine took control of the game with a 5-0 spurt which included kills from Mayer and Winder, a block from Hein and Winder and a pair of UCSD hitting errors. Leading 17-13, the Waves went on an 8-2 run and closed out the game with a 5-2 run. In the second stanza Pepperdine hit .652 compared to San Diego's .094.

Toren paced the Triton offense with 10 kills, but UCSD was limited to just .228 hitting.

A 6-2 run in the middle of game three pushed the Waves out to an 18-13 lead, a lead they would never relinquish. The Tritons made a late run at Pepperdine fending off a pair of match-point tries, but Hein sealed the victory.

The Waves will return to the court Friday, April 8, to play in its final regular season home match of the year against Cal Baptist at 7:00 p.m. (PT). The match is a make-up from Jan. 10 when heavy rains in the Southern California area forced the closure of the Malibu campus. Pepperdine will host at least one match of the MPSF tournament as it is assured of no worse than the No. 2 seed.