April 19, 2007
MALIBU, Calif. -
Pepperdine Waves junior setter Jonathan Winder was voted Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Year and head coach Marv Dunphy was selected as Coach of the Year for the second time in the last three seasons as the All-MPSF team was announced Thursday morning by the conference office.
Winder, an Irvine, Calif. native, set Pepperdine to a 21-0 record this season after missing the first five matches due to a leg injury suffered during the preseason. The 6-8 Winder, set the Waves to a .328 hitting percentage in MPSF contests, while averaging 13.08 assists per game. A well-rounded player, he averaged the fifth-best mark of 2.10 digs to go along with 1.04 blocks per game in conference play. Winder was also named to the first team for the first time in his career after earning third-team honors in each of his first two seasons.
Dunphy, in his 24th season at the helm of the Pepperdine program, received Coach of the Year honors for the third time in his career, joining 2002 and 2005. He has amassed an overall collegiate record of 451-171 during his tenure.
Sophomore opposite Paul Carroll was selected to the All-MPSF first team after a stellar season that saw the Forester, Australia native rank second in the conference in kills (5.69), aces (0.53) and points per game (6.78). This is the first all-conference accolade of his career.
Senior middle blocker Tom Hulse was named All-MPSF honorable mention after finishing the regular season second in the conference in blocks per game with 1.94.
Pepperdine will return to action on Thurs., April 26 at 5:30 p.m. PDT when it hosts the first of two MPSF Tournament semifinal matches at Firestone Fieldhouse. All-session ticket packages are currently on sale at the Pepperdine ticket office for $25. The Waves claimed the conference's top seed by posting an MPSF record 21 wins during the 22 match MPSF schedule. It is the fourth time since 2002 Pepperdine has finished atop the conference standings.