This Week at Pepperdine: February 10-16
Feb. 10, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - Baseball season gets underway this weekend at Eddy D. Field Stadium, while the women's basketball team and women's tennis team are both home twice this weekend.
The men's basketball team heads to the Pacific Northwest, the men's volleyball team visits UC Irvine and UC San Diego and the women's swimming and diving team wraps up its season at the PCSC Championships.
Here's a look at the week's events:
Thursday: at Gonzaga (Spokane, Wash.), 6 p.m.
Three weeks remain in the WCC's regular season and the Waves (7-6) are still in position for a top-half finish in the league. But, they'll face a big challenge this weekend as they make the Pacific Northwest swing to Gonzaga and Portland. The Waves split against these two teams at home, beating the Pilots. Brendan Lane, the WCC's top shot-blocker, added 11 more to his total this past weekend against Pacific and Saint Mary's, moving him up to 31st nationally at 2.6 per game, which is on a pace to rank second on Pepperdine's single-season records list.
Friday: at UC Irvine (Irvine, Calif.), 7 p.m.
After a rollercoaster week that began with a lopsided 3-0 sweep over #1 UCLA but ended with a five-set loss to #8 UC Santa Barbara, the men's volleyball team aims to get back on track with road matches at UC Irvine and UC San Diego this weekend. The Waves, leading the nation with 3.40 blocks per set, defeated both the Anteaters and Tritons earlier this season inside Firestone Fieldhouse. Pepperdine will need to win both contests this week in order to hold on to its third-place spot in the MPSF standings. With a 6-2 league record, the Waves are just one match ahead of Long Beach State, Hawaii and UCSB.
Friday: vs. St. John's (Eddy D. Field Stadium), 2 p.m.
The baseball team kicks off the 2014 season this weekend with a three-game series against St. John's. The Waves' first seven games of the year are at home as Pepperdine looks to make a run at a WCC title this season. The Waves were selected second in the WCC preseason coaches' poll and had a trio of players (Austin Davidson, Aaron Brown and Kolten Yamaguchi) named to the preseason All-WCC first team.
Thursday: vs. Pacific (Firestone Fieldhouse), 7 p.m.
The women's basketball team hosts Pacific and Saint Mary's this week as it returns home after three consecutive road games. The Waves will be looking to play spoiler as both the Tigers and the Gaels sit in the upper half of the conference standings. Pepperdine will also be looking to build some late-season momentum with six games remaining in the regular season before the WCC tournament.
Friday: vs. UNLV (Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center), 1:30 p.m.
Hot off a solid 6-1 triumph over #48 San Diego State, the #44 women's tennis team keeps the dual season rolling with home contests against UNLV and Arizona State this weekend. The Rebels will be defending a three-match win streak as they head to Malibu for the dual on Friday while the Sun Devils are 6-1 entering Saturday's match. The Waves are 2-1 on the year and boast a deep singles lineup this season, with eight different student-athletes making their way onto the court.
WOMEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING
Wednesday-Saturday: at PCSC Championships (La Mirada, Calif.)
The women's swimming and diving team competes at the season's culminating event, the Pacific Collegiate Swim & Dive Conference Championship, this week. The four-day event returns to the Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatic Center. Several Pepperdine student-athletes enter the meet as a viable threat to take home an individual title. According to the league's list of season-best times, sophomore Jessica Mosbaugh enters as the favorite in the 200 breaststroke and 400 IM while ranking in the top five in several other races. The Waves have placed in the top five at the PCSC Championships 10 times under head coach Nick Rodionoff's leadership.
Monday-Tuesday: at Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge (Palos Verdes, Calif.)
Pepperdine began its spring season on Sunday at the nearby Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge and play continues today and Tuesday. The tournament boasts an impressive field with the top four teams in the nation as well as seven of the top 10 and 11 of the top 25.