{{ article.title }}

Two MPSF Matches on Tap for Men's Volleyball

Feb. 14, 2006

MALIBU, Calif. -

Complete Release in PDF Format
Download Free Acrobat Reader

Pep to Face UCSB Mid-Week, CSUN on Homecoming WeekendAfter facing the same opponent twice the past two weekends, Pepperdine will see two different opponents this week. First up for the Waves will be UC Santa Barbara. Pepperdine will travel north on the PCH for a midweek MPSF tilt against the Gauchos before hosting Cal State Northridge on Saturday. Wednesday's match is slated for a 7 p.m. (PT) first serve, while Saturday's contest is slated to begin at 3 p.m. as part of Pepperdine's Homecoming festivities.

About the WavesPepperdine is under the direction of Marv Dunphy who is in his 23rd season as head coach of the Waves. The Waves split a pair of matches with Hawaii last week and now sit at 7-2 on the season. Andy Hein and Tom Hulse lead the team in hitting percentage at .490 and .400, respectively, while John Parfitt's 3.76 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 Hein's 1.50 setting the pace.

About the GauchosUC Santa Barbara is 6-8 on the season (4-6 MPSF) after dropping its last two contests. Evan Patak's 5.45 kills per game leads the team, but Patak has missed the last few matches due to injury although he is expected to be back to this week's match. Theo Brunner is leading the team with a .457 hitting percentage while the team hits at a .291 clip.

About the MatadorsCal State Northridge is 7-4 (3-3 MPSF) on the season and has won five of its last six matches heading into the week. James Lischer's .440 hitting percentage is tops on the team, while Dan Rhodes is turning out 3.83 kills per contest to lead the Matadors. As a team, CSUN is hitting .290 and averaging 2.66 blocks per game.

Pepperdine head coach Marv Dunphy Marv Dunphy is in his 23rd season as the head coach of the Pepperdine Waves. Under Dunphy, Pepperdine is 416-164 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 1994.

About the Pepperdine ProgramIn its 36th installment, the Pepperdine men's volleyball team has posted an overall record of 551-252, including a 382-184 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 PollsAfter a two-week stint at No. 1, Pepperdine slipped one spot to the No. 2 position making way for BYU to move into the top spot in the latest CSTV/AVCA Top 15 ranking. The Waves received seven of 16 first-place votes with the Cougars claiming the other nine. Pepperdine is one of three schools to be ranked in every AVCA poll since 1986.

Last Time OutPepperdine went 1-1 last week to earn a split with Hawaii in Malibu. After downing the Warriors, 3-2, on Thursday night, the Waves were swept in the rematch, snapping the team's 18-match home win streak. It was Hawaii who last defeated Pepperdine in Malibu in the final match of the 2004 season.

Waves Against the Mountain Pacific Sports FederationPepperdine has posted a 80-17 (.725) 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 382-184 (.675) in conference play.

Win Streak Comes to an EndPepperdine saw its 13-match win streak come to an end 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. As the No. 2 seed they are 2-3 all-time.

Pepperdine Breaks Home-Win Streak MarkThe Waves had won the 18 consecutive 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 before being swept by Hawaii in the second of a two-match series. The most recent run of success topped the 16 consecutive victories at Firestone Fieldhouse set during the 2002 and 2003 seasons. The current streak included a 14-0 home record last season and four wins to open 2006.

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 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 297-85. 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).