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This Week at Pepperdine: February 17-23

Austin Davidson Austin Davidson
 
 

Feb. 17, 2014

MALIBU, Calif. - It's a busy week in Malibu with five home baseball games, two women's basketball contests and one men's volleyball match on campus.

The men's basketball and men's tennis teams both have Wells Fargo PCH Cup battles at rival Loyola Marymount this week. Track season begins, while the women's tennis and men's golf teams are also in competition.

Interviews take place with Jett Raines (men's basketball), Matt Tarantino (men's volleyball) and Lindsay Sheaffer (track).

Here's a look at the week's events:

MEN'S BASKETBALL

Thursday: at Loyola Marymount (Los Angeles, Calif.), 8 p.m.
Multimedia: Al Epstein will host an audio-only WaveCasts at PepperdineSports.com. A link to live stats will also be available at PepperdineSports.com.
Television: Thursday's game will be shown live nationally on ESPNU.

The 160th meeting between rivals Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount will be held at Gersten Pavilion on Thursday night in another matchup in the Wells Fargo PCH Cup series. The Waves have won three straight over the Lions, including an 80-69 home victory earlier this month. The Waves have only three games left in the regular season and need a victory to get back to .500 in the WCC, as well as to have a shot at getting back in the top half of the standings. Though Pepperdine dropped both games during its Pacific Northwest trip this past weekend, the Waves are now assured of finishing better than predicted in the WCC preseason coaches' poll for the sixth straight season.

BASEBALL

Tuesday: vs. Long Beach State (Eddy D. Field Stadium), 2 p.m.
Wednesday: exhibition vs. Japan Railway East (Eddy D. Field Stadium), 2 p.m.
Friday: vs. Utah Valley (Eddy D. Field Stadium), 2 p.m.
Saturday: vs. Utah Valley (Eddy D. Field Stadium), 1 p.m.
Sunday: vs. Utah Valley (Eddy D. Field Stadium), 1 p.m.
Tickets: Tickets for home games cost $8 for adults and $5 for alumni, children, seniors and students. Tickets are free for Pepperdine students, faculty and staff with a valid Pepperdine ID.
Multimedia: All five home games will be broadcast live via WaveCasts. Links to live stats will also be available for each game on PepperdineSports.com.

The baseball team has a busy week at Eddy D. Field Stadium with five games on the docket. Pepperdine is coming off its season-opening series against St. John's in which the Waves outscored the Red Storm 19-5 in their final two games to score a 2-1 series win. This week marks the end of an eight-game season-opening homestand before the Waves hit the road for four games in Hawaii.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Thursday: vs. Brigham Young (Firestone Fieldhouse), 7 p.m.
Saturday: vs. San Diego (Firestone Fieldhouse), 2 p.m.
Tickets: Tickets for home games cost $8 for adults and $5 for alumni, children, seniors and students. Tickets are free for Pepperdine students, faculty and staff with a valid Pepperdine ID.
Multimedia: Both games will be broadcast live on WaveCasts with Josh Perigo on the call. Links to live stats will also be available for each game on pepperdinesports.com.

The women's basketball team hosts its final home games of the year this week, welcoming BYU and San Diego into Firestone Fieldhouse. The Waves are looking to play spoiler as both the Cougars and Toreros are trying to make moves into the upper half of the conference standings prior to the WCC Tournament (March 6-11 in Las Vegas). The Waves finish the regular season next week on the road in the Bay Area.

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL

Saturday: vs. California Baptist (Firestone Fieldhouse), 7 p.m.
Tickets: Tickets for home matches cost $8 for adults and $5 for alumni, children, seniors and students. Tickets are free for Pepperdine students, faculty and staff with a valid Pepperdine ID.
Multimedia: Pepperdine's lone home match this week will be broadcast online for free via WaveCasts at PepperdineSports.com. GameTracker live stats will also be available.

The Waves entertain Cal Baptist this week Saturday inside Firestone Fieldhouse. Pepperdine went 1-1 during last week's road trip, falling to UC Irvine before rebounding with a 3-0 sweep at UC San Diego. Kyle Gerrans tossed six aces vs. the Tritons - tied for the most in a three-set match in program history, and tied for fifth overall. Pepperdine is currently sitting in a tie for third place in the MPSF standings, along with Hawaii and UC Santa Barbara. A win on Saturday would give the Waves some solid momentum as they make the return trip to CBU next week Thursday (Feb. 27) followed by a stop in Provo, Utah, to face MPSF leader BYU on Saturday (March 1).

MEN'S TENNIS

Tuesday: at Loyola Marymount (Los Angeles, Calif.), 11 a.m.
Saturday: at UCLA (Los Angeles, Calif.), 2 p.m.
Multimedia: Live scores will be available for both matches this week. Links to available coverage can be found on the Pepperdine men's tennis schedule page.

After making a last-minute trip to the ITA National Indoor Championships in Houston to fill a vacancy left by a snowed-in Duke, the #15 men's tennis team keeps the season rolling with road duals at Loyola Marymount and #2 UCLA this week. The Waves open the West Coast Conference portion of the season vs. the Wells Fargo PCH Cup rival Lions. Pepperdine is 21-0 all-time vs. LMU but escaped with just a 4-3 win during last season's meeting in Malibu. The Waves will be looking for redemption on Saturday vs. UCLA, having lost to the Bruins during the opening round of Indoor Nationals last Friday. Pepperdine's Francis Alcantara and Alex Sarkissian ended their run in Houston on a high note, picking up their first win of the season vs. a ranked doubles opponent - and against the #1 team in all of college tennis no less.

WOMEN'S TENNIS

Wednesday: at UCLA (Los Angeles, Calif.), 1:30 p.m.
Sunday: at Vanderbilt (Nashville, Tenn.), 11 a.m. PT
Multimedia: Live scores will be available for both road matches this week. Links to available coverage can be found on the Pepperdine women's tennis schedule page.

The women's tennis team puts its four-match win streak on the line this Wednesday when the Waves face #3 UCLA at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The last time these two squads met, the unranked Waves pushed the #3 Bruins to the brink, winning singles matches from the top three spots in the lineup. The fourth point eluded Pepperdine however, and UCLA won 4-3 in Malibu. The Waves travel outside of Southern California for the first time this dual season later in the week, making their way to Tennessee to face #15 Vanderbilt on Sunday and #31 Memphis next Tuesday.

MEN'S GOLF

Monday-Wednesday: at The Prestige at PGA West (La Quinta, Calif.)
Monday-Tuesday: at Folino Invitational (City of Industry, Calif.)
Multimedia: Golfstat will offer live scoring, with a link available at PepperdineSports.com.

The Waves broke up their squad to compete at two different tournaments that started on Monday. A full lineup (Jeremy Sanders, Frederick Wedel, Kevin DeHuff, David Pelekoudas and Nick Thomas) and one individual went to the Prestige at PGA West, while two more individuals headed to the Folino Invitational.

TRACK

Saturday: at Westmont/vs. UC Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, Calif.)

Track season begins this Saturday in the usual place, as the Waves head up to Westmont for a three-team meet with the host Warriors and UC Santa Barbara. The Waves have a young squad, as 14 of the 28 women on the roster, and all five men, are freshmen. But several standouts from last year's squad return, including the likes of Triston Brown, Syrii Daniel and Katie Engel.

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