Jan. 19, 2006
Waves Close Out HomestandPepperdine (2-0, 2-0) will face UC Irvine (5-1, 2-0) Friday night in the final match of the Wave's three-match homestand to open the 2006 season. First serve is slated for 7 p.m. (PT) at Firestone Fieldhouse.
About the WavesPepperdine is under the direction of Marv Dunphy who is in his 23rd season as head coach of the Waves. The Waves are off to a 2-0 start to the season after defeating Stanford and Pacific last weekend. Freshman Paul Carroll leads the team with 4.12 kills per game, while senior Andy Hein's .737 attack percentage is tops on the squad.
About the AnteatersUC Irvine is off to a 5-1 start this season, including a sweep of then-No. 2 UCLA last weekend. Matt Webber's 4.45 kills per game leads the team, while Aaron Harrell's .434 hitting percentage leads all other UCI players.
Pepperdine head coach Marv Dunphy Marv Dunphy is in his 23rd season as the head coach of the Pepperdine Waves. Under Dunphy, Pepperdine is 411-162 with four national titles. Dunphy had a four-year stint with the US national team where he compiled a 196-31 record and an Olympic Gold Medal. He was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1999.
About the Pepperdine ProgramIn its 36th installment, the Pepperdine men's volleyball team has posted an overall record of 556-250, including a 377-182 MPSF record. The Waves have made 13 NCAA Championship arrearances including four since 2000 and have won five national titles (2005, 1992, 1986, 1985, 1978). Pepperdine has a total of eight MPSF conference titles (including shared titles), including three in the last four seasons.
Pepperdine in the PollsPepperdine is ranked No. 3 in the latest CSTV/AVCA Coaches Poll. The Waves received 207 total points, 24 behind No. 1 Long Beach State and 13 behind No. 2 BYU. The Waves are No. 3 in the Volleyball rankings.
Last Time OutPepperdine moved to 2-0 on the season after downing the Pacific Tigers, 3-1, at Firestone Fieldhouse. In the match, setter Jonathan Winder dished out 64 assists with eight blocks for the Waves. Paul Carroll led all players with 21 kills in the match as Pepperdine hit at a .354 clip. John Parfitt (17), Jon Grobe (14) and Tom Hulse (12) all reached double-digit kill totals.
Waves Against the Mountain Pacific Sports FederationPepperdine has posted a 75-15 (.833) conference record since the MPSF went to a round-robin format in 2002. All time, the Waves are 377-182 in conference play.
Hein Sets School RecordSenior Andy Hein's .529 hitting percentage in 2005 set a new mark for single-season hitting percentage. The previous mark of .516 was set by Rick Tune during the 1998 season.
Streaking WavesPepperdine boasts the longest win streak in division I-II having won their last 10 matches dating back to a 3-0 loss at Long Beach State on March 31, 2005. The Waves have also won the last 16 home contests dating back to the home finale of the 2004 season, a streak which is beleived to be the longest home-win streak in division I-II.
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie. Oy, OY, OY!Pepperdine freshman Paul Carroll came to Malibu via Australia. After fellow Aussie Joseph Hachem claimed the 2005 World Series of Poker Main Event, the chant, "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie. Oy, Oy, Oy!" became a common calling among natives from down under.
Dunphy Tabbed One of 20 Most Influential Names in VolleyballThe January 2006 issue of Volleyball Magazine lists the 20 most influential names in the sport of volleyball. Pepperdine head coach Marv Dunphy ranked No. 13 on the list as one of just two college men's coaches to be listed.
Waves at home in FirestoneBuilt in 1973, Firestone Fieldhouse has been home to the Pepperdine men's volleyball program since the 1974 season. During that time, the Waves have posted an overall record of 295-84. Pepperdine has posted two undefeated home records going 14-0 in 2005 in 1976 the Waves went 6-0. Eght times Pepperdine has had one-loss home records, most recently in 2002 the same season it posted a school-record 17 wins.
Pepperdine Repeats as Brian Mallard ChampionsFor the second consecutive season, the Pepperdine Waves headed north of the border for a final tune-up before opening MPSF play. Just like in 2005, Peppedine walked away with the championship trophy. Jonathan Winder was tabbed tournament MVP, while Jon Grobe was named to the all-tournament team. While in Saskatoon, Cananda, the Waves went 2-2.
Pepperdine Best D1-AAA SchoolThe Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association presented Pepperdine the 2004-05 All-Sports Trophy as the top-rated NCAA Division I institution not competing in football. Part of the prestigious Sports Academy Directors' Cup program for all NCAA Division I schools, Pepperdine competed in 14 sports. In addition to a National Championship in men's volleyball, the Waves women's golf team finished 4th in the nation, men's tennis ended the year ranked 5th nationally, Waves baseball finished 17th in the national polls, women's soccer was rated 33rd in Division I and men's golf concluding the year 31st in the NCAA as golfer Michael Putnam won the Byron Nelson Award taking home the silver trophy at the NCAA Championships (July 7).