April 15, 2006
MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine needed just 76 minutes to sweep past No. 11 Southern Cal Saturday night in the 2006 regular-season finale at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu, Calif. With the victory Pepperdine secures the No. 3 seed and a home match in the first round of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) tournament next weekend.
For the second consecutive match Pepperdine's (16-7, 15-7 MPSF) offense was firing on all cylinders hitting at a .411 clip. Senior Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.) recorded 10 kills with seven blocks and six digs on Senior Night. Tanner Sutherland (Corona, Calif.) logged a match-best 12 kills in his first start of the season, while junior John Parfitt (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) accounted for 11 of the Wave's 48 kills. Tom Hulse (Evanston, Ill.) was in on a match-leading eight blocks followed by Hein and freshman Paul Carroll's (Forster, Australia) six.
The Trojans (11-18, 7-15 MPSF) were paced by C.J. Schellenberg and Joao Grangeiro's 11 kills but were limited to just .075 hitting for the match, including minus .095 in game three.
Game one of the night set the tone for the match as Pepperdine shot out to a 6-2 lead before USC recorded its first kill. The Trojans pulled within one at 7-6 but a 7-3 Wave run en route to the 30-21 victory ended the visitor's threat. Parfitt's five kills in the frame led all players as six different Waves recorded kills in the stanza. USC was held to .065 hitting committing 10 errors - four coming in the form of Pepperdine blocks.
The second game was much of the same as the home team got out to a 6-1 lead. Pepperdine would commit just one attack error in hitting .654 for the game while turning back another four USC attempts. A block by Hulse and Carroll sealed the 30-23 victory in the game and a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Trojans would score the first four points of game three prompting Marv Dunphy to call a timeout. The Waves would fall behind by five, 7-2, but would storm back with an 8-3 run which included three of Pepperdine's eight blocks in the frame to knot the game at 10-all. Consecutive blocks of Figueroa by Carroll and Hein was the beginning of an 8-4 run by the Waves. Leading 18-15, Pepperdine scored 10 of the final 14 points to complete the sweep, 30-19.
Pepperdine will host the No. 6 seed at 7 p.m. (PDT) on Sat., April 22. Ticket information will be available Monday.