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Pepperdine Prepares for MPSF Showdown in Provo

Jan. 31, 2006

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Pepperdine Heads To ProvoPepperdine (5-0, 5-0) will wrap up its current four-match road trip this weekend when it heads to Provo, Utah, to take on BYU (7-1, 5-1) in a pair of MPSF tilts. First serve on Friday and Saturday is slated for 6 p.m. (PT). Friday night's match will be aired Live on BYUTV. The match can also be viewed via CSTV's All-Access.

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 5-0 start to the season after defeating then-No. 1 Long Beach State and UC San Diego last weekend. Pepperdine brings a balanced attack in 2006 with four players averaging better than 3.50 kills per game, led by Jon Grobe's 3.84. Andy Hein is hitting at a team-high .534 clip, while Jonathan Winder is dishing out 14.26 assists per game and leading the Waves to a .347 hitting percentage.

About the CougarsBYU is 7-1 (5-1 MPSF) on the season and is coming off a series split with UCLA last weekend. The Cougars are hitting .349 as a team on the year, led by Victor Batista's .430 and Russell Holmes' .407. Ivan Perez's 4.74 kills per game is tops on the team and Holmes is posting 1.61 blocks per game for a team averaging 3.23 on the season.

Pepperdine head coach Marv Dunphy Marv Dunphy is in his 23rd season as the head coach of the Pepperdine Waves. Under Dunphy, Pepperdine is 414-162 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 559-250, including a 380-182 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 PollsFor the first time this season Pepperdine moved out of the No. 3 spot and into the top spot of the AVCA Top 15 Poll. The Waves received 15 of 16 first-place votes to move ahead of No. 2 BYU and No. 3 Long Beach State. The Waves moved up two spots to No. 1 in the Volleyball rankings.

Last Time OutPepperdine recorded its first sweep of the 2006 season when they defeated UC San Diego 30-28, 30-29, 30-25 in La Jolla, Calif., last weekend. Andy Hein led all players with 15 kills, while Jon Grobe and John Parfitt each chipped in with 12. As a team, the Waves hit .424 and out-blocked the Tritons by a 12.0-4.0 margin.

Waves Against the Mountain Pacific Sports FederationPepperdine has posted a 78-15 (.839) 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 380-182 (.676) in conference play.

Win Streak reaches 13With a pair of victories last weekend, Pepperdine has won 13 consecutive matches dating back to March 31, 2005. The current streak is the longest active in Division I-II after LBSU and BYU had seven-match win streaks snapped last weekend. During last year's run to the NCAA title, the Waves won as many as 15 straight. The school record is 27 established during the 1985-1986 seasons. The single-season record is 17 set during the 2002 campaign.

Pepperdine Part of No. 1 v. No. 2, AgainSince the 2000 season No. 1 and No. 2 have face each other 21 times, with the second-ranked team holding a slim 11-10 advatage as in 2005 #2 Pepperdine knocked off top-ranked UCLA on March 12. Pepperdine has been a part of nine 1 vs. 2 match-ups. As the top team, the Waves are 2-2, as the No. 2 seed they are 2-3 all-time.

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.

And Then There Was OneAt the start of last weekend there were three undefeated teams in the MPSF, Pepperdine, Long Beach State and BYU. The Waves handed the 49ers their first lost of the season on Thursday night, while BYU remained perfect with a 3-1 victory over UCLA. But on Saturday night, the Bruins pulled out a 3-2 victory over the Cougars leaving Pepperdine as the last of the unbeaten in the MPSF.

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.

2006's 5-0 is nice, But Far From the RecordPepperdine is atop the MPSF standings with a 5-0 record to open the 2006 season. But the current mark is far from the best start in program history. That distinction belongs to the national championship team of 1992. That squad opened the season 14-0 before falling to Stanford. The 1986 national championship team opened the year 12-0 before falling to UC Santa Barbara. In fact, Pepperdine has opened a season with a 5-0 record 11 other times, most recently in 2004 when the Waves were 6-0 to begin the year.

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).