Jan. 11, 2005
MALIBU, Calif. - With the start of the 2005 Men's volleyball season set for Friday, the Waves enter the year ranked #3 in the USA Today/CSTV poll. The ranking is the highest ranking in the first poll of the season for Pepperdine since 2001 when the Waves were #1. The Waves also open the 2005 season in the top five of the Volleyball Magazine poll, at #2.
Pepperdine is one of just four schools to have been ranked in every USA Today/CSTV poll since it began in 1986 (261 weeks). The other schools are UCLA, Long Beach State and Hawaii.
The Waves are coming off a 19-9 record in 2004 and begin the 2005 season at #9 Pacific (3-1) on Friday. First serve is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. (PT). Pepperdine will end opening-weekend action on Saturday as it faces #8 Stanford (1-2) in Palo Alto, Calif.
It was a successful preseason for Pepperdine as the Waves took first place in the Brian Mallard Invitational, Dec. 31-Jan. 3 and swept Calgary at home on the 7th in exhibition play.
USA TODAY/CSTV Top 15 (Jan. 11)1. BYU (11 first-place votes)2. UCLA (5)3. Pepperdine4. Cal State-Northridge5. Long Beach State6. Hawaii7. Penn State8. Stanford9. Pacific10. Ohio State11. UC Irvine12. Southern California13. UC Santa Barbara14. Lewis15. Ball State
VOLLEYBALL Top 10 (Jan. 10)1. UCLA2. Pepperdine3. BYU4. Long Beach State5. Hawaii6. Cal State-Northridge7. Penn State8. Ohio State9. Pacific10. Stanford