This Week at Pepperdine: April 21-27
April 21, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - Final exams take precedence this week for a number of Pepperdine's athletic teams, but a few teams will have to juggle tests with conference tournaments. Later this week, the men's volleyball team heads to Provo, Utah, for the MPSF Championships, while the men's and women's tennis teams travel down to San Diego for the West Coast Conference Championships.
Here's an in-depth look at the week's events:
Thursday: MPSF semifinal vs. Stanford (Provo, Utah), 4 p.m. PT
The #2 Pepperdine men's volleyball team advanced to the MPSF Tournament semifinals with Saturday's 3-1 victory over #7 Long Beach State in the quarterfinals. Senior Kyle Gerrans made the most of his final match inside Firestone Fieldhouse and led the Waves with a career-high 17 kills. Pepperdine is 23-15 all-time at the MPSF Tournament, including an 8-4 mark in the semifinals. Although #3 Stanford swept the regular-season series versus the Waves, Pepperdine is 16-7 at the conference tournament when playing as the higher seed.
Friday: WCC semifinal vs. TBA (San Diego, Calif.), 12:30 p.m.
After finishing the regular season on a 12-match win streak, including nine wins over league opponents, the top-seeded and #23-ranked Pepperdine women's tennis team begins the WCC Tournament on Friday in the semifinals. The Waves will face either Santa Clara, San Diego, Portland or Loyola Marymount, who all begin their postseasons on Wednesday in the first round. Pepperdine has won 23 tournament titles since 1986 and will be especially driven to win again in 2014. Gualberto Escudero announced on Monday that he will be stepping down as head coach after 37 years at the helm. He will remain at Pepperdine as the associate head coach.
Friday: WCC semifinal vs. TBA (San Diego, Calif.), 9 a.m.
The Pepperdine men's tennis team enters the 2014 WCC Tournament in a rare position as the #2 seed. Although the Waves have not lost in the conference tournament since 1990, Pepperdine will have to earn the title this season with the rise of San Diego and Portland. After a slow start in doubles, the Waves fell 4-2 against the Toreros to end the regular season. San Diego would go on to a 9-0 league record, and with it the #1 seed in the tournament. The Waves open action in the semifinals on Friday by facing either Portland, BYU, Pacific or Gonzaga.