April 25, 2005
MALIBU, Calif. - It was a clean sweep for the Pepperdine men's volleyball team as the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) announced the 2005 All-Conference teams Monday morning. Senior outside hitter Sean Rooney was a consensus choice for his first conference Player of the Year honor, while freshman setter Jonathan Winder was named Freshman of the Year and Marv Dunphy earned Coach of the Year honors.
The 6-foot-9 Rooney was the lone Wave named to the first team as he becomes just the fifth Pepperdine player selected to the all-conference team for four years. Rooney joins Brad Keenan, George Romain, Rod Wilde and Scott Wong. The Wheaton, Ill., native was the 2004 Volleyball Magazine Player of the Year and 2002 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and MPSF Freshman of the Year. Rooney is averaging 5.30 kills per game, 1.45 digs per game and 0.90 blocks per game.
As well as being tabbed Freshman of the Year, Winder earned a place on the all-conference third team. This marks the third time a Wave has been selected as the top freshman in the conference as Rooney earned the honor in 2002 and current assistant coach Scott Wong was honored in 1998. The 6-foot-eight Winder is averaging 13.59 assists per game, 1.10 digs per game and 1.00 blocks per game, while the team is hitting at a .362 clip.
"This really is a great honor," said Winder. "There are so many outstanding freshmen in our conference, to be selected as Freshman of the Year is a tribute to the team we have this season. James Ka and the rest of my teammates have done a wonderful job all season long of making great passes and the hitters have been able to put down a lot of balls, it just makes my job that much easier."
In his 22nd year at the helm of the Pepperdine men's volleyball program, Marv Dunphy has guided the Waves to a 405-162 record, including a 73-15 league-record since the conference went to the round robin format in 2002. This year's team is 21-2 and ranked No. 1 after capturing its third MPSF regular-season title in the last four seasons. This is the second time Dunphy has been tabbed Coach of the Year, the first came in 2002 when Pepperdine posted a 20-2 conference record.
Junior middle blocker Andy Hein was recognized by the conference for the first time in his career, earning a spot on the second team. The Carol Stream, Ill., native leads the team in blocks averaging 1.51 per game, while turning in 2.37 kills per game and leading the nation in hitting at a .524 clip.
Despite making a position change to the rightside from setter, senior John Mayer earned All-MPSF third team honors. The 6-foot-2 Mayer is one of the most well rounded players on the team averaging 2.80 kills per game, 1.92 digs per game and 0.87 blocks per game.
After a week off, the Waves will return to the court Thursday when it hosts Cal State Northridge at 5 p.m. (PDT) in the first of two semi-final matches at Firestone Fieldhouse. Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara will meet in the second match of the night with the two winning teams squaring off on Saturday for the MPSF's automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-866 WAVE TIX or (310) 506-6395 Mon. through Fri. from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. or at the gate Thursday.