This Week at Pepperdine: September 23-29
Sept. 23, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. -Last week's highlights and this week's previews are now available in the newest This Week at Pepperdine. Most of the Waves' teams will be on the road this week, as the women's soccer team's home match vs. Cal State Fullerton on Friday will be the only contest in Malibu.
The women's golf team has begun play at the Golfweek Conference Challenge in Colorado, while the women's volleyball team heads to the Pacific Northwest, the men's water polo team has a non-conference game at UCLA, the cross country teams go to a big meet at Stanford and the women's tennis team splits up for two tournaments.
In our video, we look at the top plays from last week's games, highlight some of the week's top performers. Corey Miller of baseball opens the show, and we talk with Marko Madaras of men's water polo, Ally Holtz of women's soccer and Elle Lemco of cross country.
This week's events:
Friday: vs. Cal State Fullerton (Tari Frahm Rokus Field), 3 p.m.
Pepperdine wraps up the non-conference portion of the schedule when it continues its six-match homestand with a Friday showdown against Cal State Fullerton. After taking on the Titans, the Waves take a two-week break before opening West Coast Conference play October 11. All-American candidate Lynn Williams continues to cement her reputation as one of the most dangerous offensive weapons in collegiate soccer and enters the week ranked #6 among Division I leaders in goals, averaging exactly one goal per game so far in 2013. Williams broke her own single-match shots record with 14 in a 3-1 triumph against Fresno State on Sunday and established a single-season career high with her ninth goal. With three points last weekend, the Fresno native continues to climb the Waves' career top-10 lists in both goals (T-6th/23) and points (9th/59). Ally Holtz turned in Pepperdine's fourth multi-goal match of the year with her first two goals since 2010 against the Bulldogs.
MEN'S WATER POLO
Friday: at #2 UCLA (Los Angeles, Calif.), 4 p.m.
#10 Pepperdine travels to face local rival and #2 UCLA in a non-conference game. The young Waves will square off against their third top-five opponent in seven matches. A pair of redshirts are leading the Pepperdine attack. Sophomore Luke Hewko, the brother of former Wave and two-time All-American Adam Hewko, leads the squad with 15 goals, five assists and seven steals, while senior Danny White adds 11 goals, four assists and six steals. All-American Bence Valicscontinues to showcase his skills between the pipes for Pepperdine.
Thursday: at Portland (Portland, Ore.), 7 p.m.
The women's volleyball team is looking to bounce back after opening the West Coast Conference portion of the schedule with a pair of tough losses. The Waves hit the road to face both Portland and Gonzaga, two teams Pepperdine has historically had good results against. The Waves have won the last 36 consectutive meetings versus Portland, dating back to 1994. Pepperdine's last loss to Gonzaga came in 1996, with 32 straight wins posted since. Although the Waves met a few bumps in the road last week, several student-athletes delivered noteworthy performances. Jillian Bergeson averaged 4.56 digs per set in her debut as libero, while Katie Messing sent home 4.11 kills per set.
Saturday:at Stanford Invitational (Palo Alto, Calif.), 9:50 a.m.
Pepperdine's third of five regular-season events is this Saturday at Stanford. This is the 40th year this race has been held, and it's one of the more prominent events on the Waves' schedule. The young, but improving, women's squad is coming off a second-place finish at the Mark Covert Classic and a fourth-place result at their own Pepperdine Invitational. Katie Engel and Adrianna Davies have been first to the finish line for the Waves at the two races, respectively, while Ben Foxhas been the Waves' top runner on the men's side.
Monday-Wednesday:at Golfweek Conference Challenge (Wolcott, Colo.)
Immediately after winning the season-opening Dick McGuire Invitational in New Mexico over the weekend, the Waves headed to Colorado for the Golfweek Conference Challenge, which began today. The Waves are the defending champs at the Golfweek event and have won it two of the previous four times that it's been held. The Golfweek Conference Challenge brings together one school from 16 different conferences. The Waves will be looking to start their season with two victories for the first time since fall 2009 (when they also won at Golfweek and the McGuire, though in reverse order). Marissa Chow was second, Somin Lee tied for third and Grace Na was fifth at the McGuire.
Friday-Sunday at SDSU Fall Classic I (San Diego, Calif.)
The fall tournament season is now in full swing for the women's tennis team, with two tournaments opening this weekend. The Riviera/ITA All-American Championship, the first national championship on the 2013-14 tennis schedule, opens on Saturday at UCLA with the prequalification rounds. Qualification and main draw action resume on October 1 through October 6 at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades. Matea Cutura earned a spot in the prequalification singles draw, while Ale Granillo and Lorraine Guillermo pick up their racquets on Monday, October 1 in the qualifying rounds. Additionally, Granillo and Guillermo will team up in doubles. Last year, Guillermo and then-senior Khunpak Issara won the consolation doubles draw to earn a bid to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship, where the dynamic duo reached the semifinals. The remainder of the team will be San Diego-bound to compete at the SDSU Fall Classic I on Friday through Sunday. This is the first of two fall tournaments the Waves will compete in at San Diego State.