April 22, 2006
MALIBU, Calif. - For the fourth time in the last five seasons, the Pepperdine men's volleyball team ended Cal State Northridge's season. This year, the Waves used a 30-24, 30-25, 30-28 sweep in the first round of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) post-season tournament to advance to the conference semi-finals in Irvine, Calif., where it will meet with either UCLA or Hawaii at 5 p.m. (PDT) at the Bren Center.
Pepperdine (17-7) hit .319 as a team Saturday night in Malibu and led by freshman Paul Carroll's (Forster, Australia) 17 kills on 30 swings (.400) and career-high nine blocks. Senior Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.) hit a team-leading .583 with seven errorless kills, while John Parfitt (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) added 11 kills for the home team.
The Matadors (18-11) were paced by Dan Rhodes' 19 and Eric Vance's 12 kills but hit just .241 with 51 kills and 25 errors. CSUN also committed 17 service errors with just one ace to the Wave's four aces and nine errors.
The home team gave the majority of the 2,251 fans in attendance at Firestone Fieldhouse something to cheer about right from the get-go as Pepperdine jumped out to an 8-4 lead. CSUN pulled within one, 16-15, before a Parfitt kill and an ace from Tanner Sutherland (Corona, Calif.) put the Waves firmly in control. Pepperdine hit .424 in the opening frame with Carroll's six kills setting the pace.
Game two was all Pepperdine. The Waves turned in 6.5 blocks in the frame resulting in a .059 hitting percentage for the Matadors. The home team would extend a 6-3 lead to a 20-12 advantage on .364 hitting for the game.
Northridge held the early advantage in game three, taking as much as a three-point lead, 16-13. Pepperdine managed to close the gap but would not take its first lead until a kill from Hein and a Rhodes attack error put the Waves up 29-28. CSUN used its final timeout of the night but out of the stoppage Hein and Jonathan Winder (Irvine, Calif.) turned in Pepperdine's 16.5th block of the night.