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This Week at Pepperdine: April 21-27

Kyle Gerrans Kyle Gerrans

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.

Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai of women's tennis opens the show, while interviews take place with Matt West (men's volleyball), Lorraine Guillermo (women's tennis) and Alex Sarkissian (men's tennis).

Here's an in-depth look at the week's events:


Thursday: MPSF semifinal vs. Stanford (Provo, Utah), 4 p.m. PT
Saturday: with a win on Thursday, MPSF championship match (Provo, Utah), 6 p.m. PT
Multimedia: Pepperdine's match vs. Stanford can be viewed on Should the Waves advance to the finals, the contest can be watched on BYUtv or All matches will also have live stats. Follow @PepperdineMVB on Twitter for updates.
Tickets: An MPSF Tournament All-Session pass, which includes admission to both semifinals on Thursday and Saturday's final, can be purchased now at Single-day tickets will be sold beginning on Thursday with reserved seating ranging from $20-60 for fans ages two and older. General admission seating is $18 for adults, and $8 for students and children ages six and under. Tickets can be purchased at the door, on the BYU ticket website or by calling 1-800-322-BYU1.

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.
Saturday: with a win on Friday, WCC championship match (San Diego, Calif.), 12:30 p.m.
Multimedia: Complete tournament information can be found at Follow @PeppWTEN on Twitter for updates.

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.
Saturday: with a win on Friday, WCC championship match (San Diego, Calif.), 9 a.m.
Multimedia:Complete tournament information can be found at Follow @PeppTennis on Twitter for updates.

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.

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