This Week at Pepperdine: March 10-16
March 10, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - The baseball team begins West Coast Conference play at home this week while the men's tennis team has a Tuesday doubleheader, highlighting this week's action in Malibu.
The men's volleyball team visits UCLA and UC Santa Barbara (the former will be televised by the Pac-12 Network). The men's tennis team also visits Illinois for a pair of matches (the one against the Illini will be on ESPN3). The top-ranked women's sand volleyball team is at the USA Volleyball Beach Collegiate Challenge in Chula Vista.
The women's tennis, men's golf and track teams will also be in action in Southern California.
Here's a look at the week's events:
Tuesday: at UC Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, Calif.), 3 p.m.
The baseball team looks to take some momentum from a 4-0 week into the start of West Coast Conference play this coming weekend against Pacific. Prior to Pacific coming to town, the Waves travel to UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday for another tough non-conference matchup with the 10-2 Gauchos. Pepperdine is coming off a weekend where they moved to 12-3 on the year with wins at UCLA, at USC and at home against Houston. Brad Anderson was named WCC Player of the Week after batting .571 (8-for-14) with three runs scored and five RBI in the four victories.
WOMEN'S SAND VOLLEYBALL
Friday-Sunday: at USA Volleyball Beach Collegiate Challenge (Chula Vista, Calif.)
The #1 Pepperdine sand volleyball team made quite the statement during opening weekend, sweeping both Cal State Northridge and #2 USC on Saturday at Zuma Beach. Not only did the Waves win all 10 individual matches of the day, they won nine of the 10 contests in straight sets. Pepperdine brings its 36-1 all-time dual record to the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista this weekend for the USAV Beach Collegiate Challenge. The Waves will engage in dual play on Friday and Saturday vs. Cal State Bakersfield, Hawaii and Grand Canyon. A pairs championship will follow, beginning on Saturday afternoon and running through Sunday. Last season in Chula Vista, Pepperdine won the team event with wins over Florida State, Nebraska and Grand Canyon while sweeping the Gold and Silver pairs championship brackets.
Tuesday: at UCLA (Los Angeles, Calif), 7 p.m.
The #5 Pepperdine men's volleyball team hits the road for two crucial MPSF matches this week, facing #7 UCLA and #4 UC Santa Barbara. The Bruins and Gauchos enter this week tied for third in the league standings at 11-5, while the Waves sit right behind them in fifth place with a 10-5 record. Although Pepperdine swept then-#1 UCLA back on February 5, the team has gone just 4-4 since. A pair of road wins would give the Waves some solid momentum as they enter the home stretch of the regular season, and try to remain in the top four of the conference standings. The top four teams in the MPSF standings earn hosting rights during the first round of the conference tournament.
Tuesday: vs. Furman (Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center), 10 a.m.
The #32 Waves gear up for a busy four-match week, beginning with a doubleheader vs. Furman and Hawaii on Tuesday. The Paladins are coached by Pepperdine alum Kelly Jones, who won back-to-back NCAA Doubles Championship titles for the Waves in 1984 and 1985. Pepperdine then takes center stage on Friday, when the Waves face the #6 Illini live on ESPN3. The Waves conclude the week with a neutral court match-up against #53 South Florida. The team is looking to get back over .500 after suffering a pair of tough losses at home last week to #5 USC and #51 TCU. Despite the team setback, senior Alex Sarkissian tallied two singles victories, including a three-set triumph over the Trojans' #10-ranked Yannick Hanfmann.
Saturday: at Long Beach State (Long Beach, Calif.), 12 p.m.
The #38-ranked Pepperdine women's tennis team heads to Long Beach State on Saturday for a dual match at noon. The Waves will be looking to snap the 49ers' 19-match home win streak. Long Beach State is 9-1 on the year and ranked #57. Pepperdine is coming off of a 6-1 triumph over Fresno State, improving their home record to 4-0, and 5-4 overall. Doubles pair Ale Granillo and Matea Cutura enter the dual on a seven-match win streak.
Monday-Tuesday: at San Diego Classic (San Diego, Calif.)
The fourth of six spring regular-season tournaments is today and tomorrow at the San Diego Classic, co-hosted by USD and SDSU. Kevin DeHuff, David Pelekoudas, Jeremy Sanders, Nick Thomas and Frederick Wedel are in the lineup. Wedel is coming off a 10th-place finish at the Waves' own Jones Invitational two weeks ago, at which Pepperdine took sixth place.
Saturday: at Ben Brown Invitational (Fullerton, Calif.)
Pepperdine's fourth track meet in four weekends will be at the Ben Brown Invitational, hosted by Cal State Fullerton. The Waves took part in a four-team meet at Riverside Community College last weekend, and got second-place performances from Lindsay Sheaffer, Elle Lemco and Nick Blanchard.