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No. 3 Pepperdine Travels to No. 1 Long Beach State, UC San Diego this Weekend

Jan. 24, 2006

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Pepperdine Hits the Road for First time in 2006Pepperdine (3-0, 3-0) will hit the road for the first time in 2006 this weekend when they take on Long Beach State (7-0, 3-0) and UC San Diego (0-5, 0-3) on Thursday and Friday, respectively. First serve against the 49ers is set for 7:30 p.m. (PT), while Friday's contest is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

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 3-0 start to the season after defeating UC Irvine, 3-1 last weekend. Freshman Paul Carroll leads the team with 4.33 kills per game, while senior Andy Hein's .500 attack percentage is tops on the squad. As a team, Pepperdine is averaging 3.50 blocks per game as Jonathan Winder, Hein, Eric Liebert, Tom Hulse and Jon Grobe all average better than a block a game.

About the 49ersLong Beach State enters the weekend with a 7-0 (3-0 MPSF) record and the nation's No. 1 ranking. The 49ers are led by Robert Tarr's 5.60 kills per game and Duncan Budinger's .538 hitting percentage.

About the TritonsUC San Diego is off to a rocky 0-5 (0-3 MPSF) start in 2006. The team is hitting just .174 on the year. Chris Sayers' 3.31 kills per games is tops on the team, while Brooks Dierdorff's .441 hitting percentage leads the squad.

Pepperdine head coach Marv Dunphy Marv Dunphy is in his 23rd season as the head coach of the Pepperdine Waves. Under Dunphy, Pepperdine is 412-162 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 557-250, including a 378-182 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 held onto the No. 3 in the latest CSTV/AVCA Coaches Poll. (The Waves received 205 total points, 30 behind No. 1 Long Beach State and 21 behind No. 2 BYU. (The Waves are No. 3 in the Volleyball rankings.)

Last Time OutPepperdine rallied after dropping game one to UC Irvine for the program's 17th consecutive home victory, 3-1. Freshman Paul Carroll led the Waves with 19 kills in the contest. The Waves held a 18.5-5.0 edge in blocks on the stat sheet. John Parfitt added 17 kills, while Jon Grobe chipped in with 14 in the winning effort.

Waves Against the Mountain Pacific Sports FederationPepperdine has posted a 76-15 (.835) conference record since the MPSF went to a round-robin format in 2002 -- the top mark during its time period. All time, the Waves are 378-182 (.675) 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 11 matches dating back to March 31, 2005.

Pepperdine Breaks Home-Win Streak MarkThe Waves have won the last 17 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. The current run of success topped the 16 consecutive victories at Firestone Fieldhouse set during the 2002 and 2003 seasons. The current streak includes a 14-0 home record last season and three wins to open 2006.

Aussie, Aussie, Assie. 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 worldly famous as a chant among natives from down under and is a fan-favorite when the Forster native gets ready to serve.

The Last LossPepperidne and Long Beach State enter this weekend's matches with 10 and seven match win streaks, respectively. The Wave's last lost came to the 49ers at the Pyramid on March 31, 2005, while LBSU's last defeat came in Malibu in the MPSF championship match at Firestone Fieldhouse.

The Legacy of No. 12Freshman Paul Carroll has some big shoes to fill this season. The 6-7 Carroll will wear jersey No. 12 this season, taking over for the AVCA National Player of the Year Sean Rooney. But Rooney was just another in the long lineage of Pepperdine greats to sport the number 12. Current Wave assistant Scott Wong wore 12 and was a two-time AVCA All-American before Rooney.

New Faces, Same Line-upDespite replacing two starters and the libero, Pepperdine's starting line-up is the same numerically as it was during 2005's championship run. Back are Jonathan Winder (15), Andy Hein (3), Tom Hulse (14) and John Parfitt (16). Departed are Sean Rooney (12), John Mayer (11) and libero James Ka (9). This season Jon Grobe switched from #13 to #11 and starts on the outside, freshman Paul Carroll dons the #12 and freshman J.D. Schleppenbach wears #9 at libero.

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 296-84. Pepperdine has posted two undefeated home records going 14-0 in 2005 in 1976 the Waves went 6-0. Eght times Pepperdine has had seven 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).