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No. 3 Men's Volleyball Opens 2005 Regular Season this Weekend

Jan. 13, 2005

MALIBU, Calif. - After sweeping Calgary on Jan. 7 and losing a match to inclement weather this week, the Pepperdine men's volleyball team is ready to open the 2005 season with a pair of 7 p.m. (PT) road matches at #9 Pacific and #8 Stanford on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Pepperdine returns six starters from a year ago, a team which posted a 19-9 record and advanced to the MPSF semi-final match before falling to BYU in five games. The 2004 Player of the Year Sean Rooney returns for his senior season and looks to carry a bulk of the offensive load for the Waves again this season.

"Last year I told people, `we are going to set Winters or we set Rooney,'" says Marv Dunphy who is back for his 22nd season at the helm of the Pepperdine program. "This year, we are going to set Rooney and Rooney. It is no secret we will look to him to carry a huge load."

Also back from last year are two middle blockers in Andy Hein and Tom Hulse as well as James Ka and John Mayer. While Hein and Hulse will secure the middle again in '05, Mayer and Ka will be making position changes and switch out between the right side and the libero position. New to the starting line-up is Fab 50 freshman setter Jonathan Winder. At 6-foot-8 Winder had a major impact on the team's exhibition match against Calgary recording 35 assists with three kills and six blocks.

Pacific is 3-1 on the season with its lone loss coming at the hands of Stanford which is 1-2 on the year.