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Waves Host USC on Senior Day

April 12, 2006

Pepperdine vs. USC Notes
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USC in Town for Senior NightPepperdine hosts USC Saturday night in the Wave's final match of the 2006 regular season. The match will determine Pepperdine's seeding in the MPSF tournament next week. The Waves could finish as high as third or as low as sixth. USC claimed the first meeting of the season, 3-0, on March 24 in Los Angeles.

About the WavesPepperdine is under the direction of Marv Dunphy who is in his 23rd season as head coach of the Waves. Pepperdine sits at 15-7 on the season. Senior middle blocker Andy Hein leads the team in hitting at a .505 clip, while John Parfitt leads a balanced Wave attack at 4.09 kills per game. Jonathan Winder averages 13.26 assists per game as the team is hitting .317 on the year. As a team the Waves are blocking 3.51 per game led by Hein's 1.55 and Tom Hulse's 1.44.

Pepperdine head coach Marv Dunphy Marv Dunphy is in his 23rd season as the head coach of the Pepperdine Waves. Under Dunphy, Pepperdine is 424-169 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 559-257, including a 389-189 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.

About the TrojansUSC has been eliminated from the MPSF tournament race with a 7-14 conference record heading into its final match of the season. Juan Figueroa's 4.76 kills per game is tops on the Trojans who average 15.21. Andrew Vernon leads the team hitting at a .409 clip and in blocks per game at 1.23.

Pepperdine in the PollsPepperdine's downward spiral in the CSTV/AVCA Rankings continued this week as the Waves fell to No. 6, its lowest ranking since the 2004 season. Pepperdine opened the season at No. 3 before climbing to the top spot for a two-week stay. Since then the Waves have slipped one spot at a time to their current ranking.

Last Time OutPepperdine split a pair of sweeps last week falling at Cal State Northridge on Wednesday before returning home to down UC Santa Barbara on Saturday. Against the Matadors, the Waves hit just .181 but ramped up the offense to hit .560 against the Gauchos.

Waves Against the Mountain Pacific Sports FederationPepperdine has posted a 87-21 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 389-189 in conference play.

Streaks Fall One-by-OneComing into the season, Pepperdine held the nation's longest win streak of 13 matches dating back to the 2005 season. That streak came to an end after falling to BYU, 3-1, on Feb. 3. The following week the Waves dropped a 3-0 decision to Hawaii in Malibu, ending the team's 18-match home win streak and last week in falling 3-2 to UCSB, Pepperdine had its seven-match win streak in game fives come to an end.

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 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 most recent 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.

30 Ain't EnoughAlthough volleyball is played as "the first two 30," it is the clause of "must win by two" which has caused Pepperdine some troubles halfway through the season. Game three of the season opener against Stanford gave a bit of foreshadowing as the Waves lost the game, 31-29. The following night against Pacific, Pepperdine won game four 32-30. Through 13 matches this season, the Waves have had a game go past the minimum 30 points six times with a season-high of 37 (both losses).

Late Comebacks Part of Wave's M.O.The Waves 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 302-86. 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, Canada, 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).