This Week at Pepperdine: February 3-9
Feb. 3, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - The men's basketball and men's volleyball teams have a couple of enormous homestands this week, while the women's tennis team holds its home opener on Saturday.
The women's basketball team is off to the Pacific Northwest, and the men's and women's golf teams both begin their spring seasons.
Meagan Harbison of women's soccer opens the show, and interviews take place with Malcolm Brooks (men's basketball), Brennan Anderson (men's volleyball), Grace Leah Baughn (women's basketball) and Marissa Chow (women's golf).
Here's a look at the week's events:
Thursday: vs. Pacific (Firestone Fieldhouse), 7 p.m.
Pepperdine heads into this week's crucial homestand in fifth place in the WCC standings, but just one game out of second place. Saturday's Wells Fargo PCH Cup win over rival LMU was the 15th in the last 16 years in Firestone Fieldhouse, and it gave the Waves their most overall (13) and conference (six) wins since 2004-05. Pepperdine squared off against Pacific and Saint Mary's just two weekends ago, and the Waves will be looking to even up the season series after falling against both schools in Northern California. Four Waves (Stacy Davis 14.6, Brendan Lane 13.7, Jeremy Major 10.5, Malcolm Brooks 10.2) are now averaging double-figures in scoring.
Wednesday: vs. UCLA (Firestone Fieldhouse), 7 p.m.
After issuing #4 BYU its first MPSF loss of the season last week, the #3 Pepperdine men's volleyball team looks to once again play the role of spoiler this week vs. #1 UCLA. The Bruins are the first team in 2014 to hold the top ranking for more than one week, and enter the match with a perfect 6-0 MPSF record and a nine-match win streak. Saturday's match vs. #8 UC Santa Barbara promises to be just as challenging. The Gauchos sit in fourth place in the MPSF standings, right behind Pepperdine. The defensive-minded Waves enter this week ranked #1 in the NCAA in blocks (3.37 blocks/set) and #2 in digs (10.77 digs/set).
Thursday: at Gonzaga (Spokane, Wash.), 6 p.m.
The women's basketball team returned another player from the injury list last time out in Allie Green. The quest to get healthy and back on track continues this week in the Pacific Northwest. The Waves have a pair of road games on the docket, facing No. 17/22 Gonzaga and Portland. Heading into the homestretch of the season, Pepperdine's next eight games are split between home and away, with a four-game homestand to follow this weekend's trip.
Saturday: vs. San Diego State (Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center), 1 p.m.
The #44-ranked Pepperdine women's tennis team makes its 2014 home debut this Saturday against San Diego State. The Waves are 1-1 in the early portion of the season after falling to #6 USC last week before rebounding with a 6-1 win over #38 UC Irvine on Saturday.
Monday-Tuesday: at Sea Best Invitational (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.)
The famous TPC Sawgrass course is the site of the Waves' first spring tournament. After utilizing the same lineup at all four fall events, Pepperdine has one change at this week's event, as Cameron Davison joins Jeremy Sanders, Parker Page, Kevin DeHuff and Frederick Wedel.
Sunday-Tuesday (Feb. 11): at Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge (Palos Verdes, Calif.)
After a strong fall season that included two victories and a #6 national ranking by Golfweek/Sagarin, the women's golf team begins the spring just down the road in Palos Verdes at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge. The Waves will be up against a tremendous field that includes 12 top 25 teams.