This Week at Pepperdine: May 5-11
May 5, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine's 13th national championship is in the books, and we take a look back at the sand volleyball team's accomplishments in This Week at Pepperdine. Looking forward, the baseball team has a huge home weekend series against San Diego, while the women's golf and women's tennis teams begin NCAA postseason action.
Additionally, the baseball team has a midweek contest at Cal Poly, and Lisa Santroch of the track team goes after an NCAA qualifying time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Eric Karch of the baseball team opens the show, and interviews take place with Santroch, Coach Nina Matthies of women's sand volleyball, Matt Maurer and Corey Miller of baseball and Yuki Chiang of women's tennis.
Here's an in-depth look at the week's events:
Tuesday: at Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo, Calif.), 6 p.m.
The #22-ranked baseball team heads to #11 Cal Poly for a rematch of last week's non-conference game between the two teams (won 11-4 by the Waves) and then hosts #24 San Diego for another big WCC series. The Waves are coming off an up-and-down week in which they suffered their first three-game losing streak of the season, but bounced back with a huge 16-3 win over LMU to hold onto first place in the WCC standings. San Diego is one of three teams tied for second place, 1 1/2 games back. The 1974 Pepperdine baseball team will be honored at the Saturday game against San Diego this weekend and then on Sunday the Waves will celebrate senior day.
Friday: vs. NCAA Tournament first round vs. LSU (Berkeley, Calif.), 10 a.m.
The #24-ranked Waves extended their win streak to a program-record-tying 14 with victories over Santa Clara and Saint Mary's to lay claim to the 2014 WCC Tournament title two weeks ago. Pepperdine now continues postseason action this weekend by traveling north to Berkeley to take on #40 LSU in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. A victory on Friday would put the Waves into the second round against host and #6-ranked California or Fairleigh Dickinson. The Waves are making their 31st consecutive appearance at the NCAAs and have advanced past the first round in nine of the last 12 seasons. Pepperdine is 5-1 all-time vs. the Tigers, but the squads have only faced off once in the last 10 years.
Thursday-Saturday: at NCAA East Regional (Tallahassee, Fla.)
The 10th-ranked Pepperdine women's golf team has advanced to the NCAA Championships after all three of its previous trips to an East Regional. The Waves will try to make it 4-for-4 as they earned the #5 seed at the NCAA East Regional being hosted by Florida State. The top eight teams will advance. Pepperdine heads into NCAA play having won four tournaments (the most since 2006), including its 13th consecutive WCC title. Grace Na was named WCC Player of the Year for the fourth consecutive year. The Waves are trying to make the NCAA Championships for the 12th time in 16 years.
Saturday: at Occidental Invitational (Los Angeles, Calif.)
The rest of the track team has gone home for summer, but junior Lisa Santroch has stuck around to give one last attempt in the 3,000-meter steeplechase as she hopes to qualify for the NCAA Preliminary Rounds at the end of May. She'll run at the Occidental Invitational on Saturday with the goal of running a steeplechase fast enough to put her in the top 48 in the West Region.