Feb. 7, 2006
MALIBU, Calif. -
Pepperdine Comes Home for TwoAfter four consecutive matches on the road, Pepperdine (6-1, 6-1) will return home for a pair of MPSF tilts against Hawaii (4-3, 2-2). The two-match homestand will begin on Thursday at 7 p.m. (PT) with the series finale slated for Friday night at 7 in Firestone Fieldhouse. Both matches will be carried live on Pepperdine All-Access as well as CSTV's Gametracker.
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 6-1 start to the season after defeating earning a two-match split against BYU last weekend in Provo, Utah. Andy Hein and Tom Hulse lead the team in hitting percentage at .495 and .403, respectively, while John Parfitt's 3.85 kills per game leads a quartet of Pepperdine players who average better than three kills per game. For Waves average better than a block a game with Hulse's 1.62 setting the pace.
About the WarriorsHawaii is 4-3 (2-2 MPSF) this season after being idle last weekend. The Warriors are led by Jose Delgato's 3.94 kills per game this season, while Lauri Hakala and Matt Carere both average more than 3.50 kills per game as well. Kyle Klinger's .516 hitting percentage is tops on a team that is hitting a combined .356 with 2.73 blocks per game this 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 415-163 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 550-251, including a 381-183 MPSF record. The Waves have made 13 NCAA Championship appearances 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 second consecutive week, Pepperdine holds down the top spot in the latest CSTV/AVCA Top 15 ranking. The Waves earned 15 of 16 first-place votes with second-ranked BYU receiving the final number one vote. This week marks the 40th time Pepperdine has been ranked No. 1 all-time. The Waves have held onto the nation's top spot at least one week every year since 2000. The Waves are also No. 1 in the Volleyball Magazine ranking.
Last Time OutPepperdine rebounded from its first set back of the 2006 season with a sweep of BYU in Provo, Utah, Saturday night to maintain its lead in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation race. John Parfitt led the team with 12 kills but it was the Wave's ability to play from behind late which earned them the series split. In gam one, Pepperdine came back from a 22-19 deficit, in game two the Waves charged back from down 26-19 and in game three BYU had four looks at game point after leading 29-26 before Pepperdine completed the sweep.
Waves Against the Mountain Pacific Sports FederationPepperdine has posted a 79-16 (.800) 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 381-183 (.676) in conference play.
Win Streak Comes to an EndPepperdine saw its 13-match win streak come to an end last weekend when it dropped a 3-1 decision to BYU in Provo, Utah. The streak was the longest of all division I-II teams and dated back to March 31, 2005. 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 and No. 1 vs. No. 2Since the 2000 season No. 1 and No. 2 have face each other 23 times, with the second-ranked team holding a slim 12-11 advantage. Pepperdine has been a part of 11 No. 1 vs. No. 2 match-ups all-time and as the top team, the Waves are 3-3 after splitting with No. 2 BYU last weekend. As the No. 2 seed they are 2-3 all-time.
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 believed 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.
Late Comebacks Part of Wave's M.O.The Waves have opened the season with six victories in seven tries, but Pepperdine has had to use some late heroics to accomplish its start. In the third match of the season, the Waves trailed Irvine 20-17 in game two only to use a 14-9 run to pull off the 31-29 win victory. A week later against UC San Diego, Pepperdine was behind 20-16 in game three only to end the match with a 14-5 run. Then in the second match of the BYU/Pepperdine series, the Waves came back from 20-17 in game one, 26-19 in game two and saved the best for last. In game three Pepperdine trailed 20-17 and then 29-26 before claiming the 32-30 win.
Pepperdine Tops BYU by Slimmest of MarginsPepperdine swept BYU on Feb. 4, winning by the minimum two points in all three games (30-28, 30-28, 32-30). But as unlikely a situation as it was, the match was the third time (rally-scoring era) the Waves have won a match by six points and all three have been Pepperdine sweeps. The last time it occurred was in 2003 when Pepperdine and Stanford locked horns in Palo Alto, Calif. The Waves left the gym with a 37-35, 41-39, 30-28 victory over the Cardinal that night. The first time it happened was in Provo when Pepperdine defeated BYU by scores of 31-29, 35-33, 32-30.
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. Eight 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, Pepperdine 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).