This Week at Pepperdine: January 13-19
Jan. 13, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - Two men's basketball home games loom large this week, as the Waves host Gonzaga on Thursday with first place in the West Coast Conference on the line, followed by Portland on Saturday. Those are the only events in Malibu this week.
The men's volleyball team looks to build upon its 2-0 start at USC, while the women's basketball team heads to the Bay Area, the men's and women's tennis teams are sending individuals to Palm Springs and the women's swimming and diving team is back at LMU.
Marty Wilson, men's basketball head coach, opens the show, and interviews take place with Brendan Lane and Stacy Davis (men's basketball), Nikola Antonijevic (men's volleyball), Amanda Lovely (women's basketball) .
Here's a look at the week's events:
Thursday: vs. Gonzaga (Firestone Fieldhouse), 7 p.m.
First place will be on the line, just like the good old days, when Pepperdine and Gonzaga square off on Thursday night in Firestone Fieldhouse. The Bulldogs are in first place with a 4-1 record, but the Waves and San Francisco are just a half-game back at 4-2. Portland then comes in on Saturday as the Waves begin a stretch this weekend with five of the next seven games at home. Pepperdine is coming off a successful four-game road stretch where the Waves went 2-2 with victories at Santa Clara and San Diego. Pepperdine's 4-2 record after six games is the team's best since 2004. Stacy Davis, who leads the team with a 15.5 scoring average, is coming off a career-high 28 points at San Diego this past weekend.
Thursday: at Saint Mary's (Moraga, Calif.), 6 p.m.
After wrapping up a three-game homestand in which the Waves picked up a double-overtime victory against Santa Clara, Pepperdine hits the road for a pair of WCC games this week. The Waves take on Saint Mary's and Pacific in the team's first trip to Northern California this season. Bria Richardson and Keitra Wallace look to continue to power the short-handed Waves' attack, as both players are in the top 15 in the conference in scoring. Richardson's 17.9 ppg average is third in the WCC as she is coming off a 21-point effort against LMU.
Thursday: at USC (Los Angeles, Calif.), 7 p.m.
Pepperdine performed impeccably during its season-opening weekend, defeating two-time defending NCAA champion UC Irvine and UC San Diego inside Firestone Fieldhouse. Junior outside hitter Josh Taylor sent down 5.43 kills per set, which currently put him at #1 in the MPSF rankings. The Waves, who jumped from #6 to #3 this week in the AVCA poll, face #5 USC, which is undefeated at 2-0 after toppling Loyola-Chicago and UC San Diego to open the season. Although it is early in the year, the Waves are in a three-way tie for first place in the MPSF along with USC and BYU.
WOMEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING
Friday-Saturday: at Beach Cup (Los Angeles, Calif.)
The swimming and diving team gears up for one of two final regular-season meets in preparation for the PCSC Championship in February, beginning with the Beach Cup this weekend at LMU's Burns Aquatics Center. The Waves are coming off a strong showing at the LMU Relays last weekend. Pepperdine edged Alaska Fairbanks in dual scoring, 80-79, while Jessica Mosbaugh and Nicolette Barreiro produced season-best times in multiple events. In addition to Pepperdine and meet host LMU, the Beach Cup will also include student-athletes from San Diego and Fresno State.
MEN'S AND WOMEN'S TENNIS
Friday-Sunday: at National Collegiate Tennis Classic (Palm Springs, Calif.)
Several underclassmen from both the men's and women's tennis teams will be heading to the 35th Annual National Collegiate Tennis Classic this weekend. The tournament, dubbed `The Wimbledon of College Tennis,' will be the final chance for both teams to gain competition experience before the dual season begins at the end of the month. Joao Pedro Leme, Rakshay Thakkar and Tom Hill will all compete in the singles draw, while Leme and Hill will team up in the doubles draw. The women's squad will be represented by sophomores Matea Cutura and Danielle Feneridis and freshmen Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai and Christine Maddox. All four will be competing in both singles and doubles.