This Week at Pepperdine: January 27-February 2
Jan. 27, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. -A pair of Wells Fargo PCH Cup basketball games against rival Loyola Marymount - including the men's contest on Saturday in Firestone Fieldhouse - and a men's volleyball home match against BYU on Friday featuring two of the top four teams in the country highlight this week's events.
Other home contests include the women's swimming and diving team holding its final home meet with the PCSC Time Trials on Saturday, and the men's tennis against Cal Poly on Sunday.
In addition to the women's basketball game at LMU on Saturday, other road contests include the men's tennis team at Tulsa and the women's tennis team at USC and UC Irvine.
Here's a look at the week's events:
Saturday: vs. Loyola Marymount (Firestone Fieldhouse), 3 p.m.
Saturday is big for the men's basketball team, as the Waves try to bounce back after a pair of road losses, get back above .500 in the West Coast Conference and keep hold of a spot in the top half of the league standings. Pepperdine will also be trying to earn a point in the Wells Fargo PCH Cup series, as the Waves battle Loyola Marymount for the 159th time in the programs' histories. The Waves have beaten the Lions at home in 14 of the last 15 years.
Saturday: at Loyola Marymount (Los Angeles, Calif.), 2 p.m.
The Waves will kick off three straight road contests as they take on Loyola Marymount in a Wells Fargo PCH cup matchup. The short-handed Waves got Keitra Wallace and Amanda Lovely back last week and are slowly getting healthy, but top scorers Bria Richardson and Allie Greenare still day-to-day. The Waves are 51-20 all-time against LMU and have a 23-10 record on the Lions' home floor.
Friday: vs. Brigham Young (Firestone Fieldhouse), 7 p.m.
#3 Pepperdine, coming off of two grueling five-set matches on the road last week, plays inside Firestone Fieldhouse this Friday against #4 BYU. After falling 3-2 to Long Beach State, the Waves will be looking to get one back in the win column. A victory against the Cougars may prove to be no small task, however, as BYU sits atop the MPSF standings with a perfect 6-0 record. The Waves will have rely on Josh Taylor, who leads the NCAA with 4.86 kills per set, as well as their team defense, which leads the nation in blocks with an average of 3.52 roofs per set.
Wednesday: at Tulsa (Tulsa, Okla.), 4 p.m. PT
After opening the dual season last week with a 2-1 record, the #12 Pepperdine men's tennis team continues the 2014 campaign with a road match at #24 Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane is 4-2, but trying to shake off a two-match skid following losses to #31 Northwestern and #37 Virginia Tech. The Waves return to Malibu to host Cal Poly at noon on Sunday. Pepperdine was just announced as the favorite to win the West Coast Conference title this season in the preseason coaches poll. Additionally, Alex Sarkissian and David Sofaer were voted to the All-WCC preseason team.
Thursday: at USC (Los Angeles, Calif.), 3 p.m.
The #48-ranked Pepperdine women's tennis team opens the dual campaign this Thursday at #6 USC. The opening weekend continues on Saturday with a visit to #38 UC Irvine. The Trojans opened their season with back-to-back shutouts versus North Texas and Saint Mary's to advance to the ITA Indoor National Championship. The Anteaters went 1-1 during the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, falling to TCU before rebounding with a 4-1 win over San Diego. The Waves boast five singles players in the ITA rankings, including 2012 All-American Lorraine Guillermo, who is listed at #19. Pepperdine's deep lineup of ranked players also includes Matea Cutura (#79), Ale Granillo (#93), Michaela Capannolo (#112) and Yuki Chiang(#117).
WOMEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING
Saturday: hosts PCSC Time Trials (Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool), 9:30 a.m.
The Pepperdine women's swimming team hosts its final home meet of the 2013-14 season this Saturday with the PCSC Time Trials. The meet serves as a dress rehearsal for the PCSC Championship for the Waves, and gives the student-athletes an opportunity to test out different strategies and events before competing at the league meet. The PCSC Time Trials also serves as a last-chance qualifier for visiting squads. Seniors Mae Corbin, Ally Bernard, Stephanie Ertl, Kelsey Maguire and Priyanka Shah will be honored during the event as they compete in their final home meet at the Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool.