This Week at Pepperdine: February 17-23
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.
Here's a look at the week's events:
Thursday: at Loyola Marymount (Los Angeles, Calif.), 8 p.m.
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.
Tuesday: vs. Long Beach State (Eddy D. Field Stadium), 2 p.m.
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.
Thursday: vs. Brigham Young (Firestone Fieldhouse), 7 p.m.
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.
Saturday: vs. California Baptist (Firestone Fieldhouse), 7 p.m.
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).
Tuesday: at Loyola Marymount (Los Angeles, Calif.), 11 a.m.
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.
Wednesday: at UCLA (Los Angeles, Calif.), 1:30 p.m.
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.
Monday-Wednesday: at The Prestige at PGA West (La Quinta, Calif.)
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.
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.