This Week at Pepperdine: Sept. 30-Oct. 6
Sept. 30, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. - Check out the newest edition of This Week at Pepperdine, where we preview several big upcoming events, including this weekend's home women's volleyball matches against BYU (Thursday on ESPNU) and San Diego, as well as the men's water polo team competing in its newly renovated pool for the first time this Saturday in the Pepperdine Invitational.
Also, the women's golf team will be looking to win its third tournament in a row, and men's and women's tennis players will try for success at their respective ITA All-American Championships.
Here are this week's events:
Thursday: vs. BYU (Firestone Fieldhouse), 8 p.m.
After picking up road wins at Portland and Gonzaga, the women's volleyball team gets ready for perhaps the toughest week in the conference schedule with home matches versus BYU and San Diego. The Cougars, who are currently atop the WCC standings, are riding a six-match win streak which includes victories over then-#2 San Diego, Saint Mary's and Pacific. The Toreros, despite opening the conference season with a 1-2 record, are 4-1 against ranked opponents. USD upended then-#1 USC a few short weeks ago which catapulted the Toreros into the top 10 in the AVCA rankings. Both BYU and San Diego shared the WCC championship last season and were picked to go one-two in the 2013 WCC preseason coaches' poll.
MEN'S WATER POLO
Saturday: vs. Long Beach City College (Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool), 10 a.m.
#9 Pepperdine opens the home portion of its schedule when it hosts the four-team Pepperdine Invitational. The Waves will welcome Concordia, Golden West College and Long Beach City College to the newly renovated Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool. A pair of redshirts continue to lead the Pepperdine attack. Sophomore Luke Hewko leads the squad with 20 goals and turned in his third five-goal match of the season in a narrow 8-7 loss at #1 UCLA last Friday. Senior Danny White adds 11 goals, four assists and six steals. All-American Bence Valics continues to showcase his skills between the pipes for Pepperdine and ranks in the top five among MPSF leaders in saves and goals allowed.
Saturday-Monday: at Schooner Fall Classic (Norman, Okla.)
Pepperdine has won its first two tournaments of the season for the third time in school history. Now, after capturing the Dick McGuire Invitational and Golfweek Conference Challenge by large margins, the Waves will look to go 3-for-3 for the first time in program history. The Waves will be up against a strong 15-team field in Oklahoma, which includes five teams that were in Golf World's preseason top 25: the host Sooners, Arizona State, Georgia, Kentucky and Oklahoma State. Three-time All-American Grace Na won her fifth career college title at the Golfweek event and lowered her Pepperdine-record career stroke average to 73.15.
Tuesday-Sunday: at Riviera/ITA All-American Championship (Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
Lorraine Guillermo and Ale Granillo pick up their racquets in singles and doubles qualifying on Tuesday at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championship. To advance to the main draw, which beings on Thursday, Guillermo and Granillo will need to win three times. Matea Cuturacame remarkably close to earning a spot in the singles qualifying draw, winning her first two matches at the Los Angeles Tennis Center before bowing out in the third.
Begins Thursday: at ITA All-American Championship (Tulsa, Okla.)
2013 ITA All-American Alex Sarkissian will be the Waves' lone representative at this year's All-American Championship. With a preseason singles ranking of #23, Sarkissian earned just one of 48 main draw spots awarded to the top singles players from across the NCAA. The 64-person draw is filled in with the winners from the prequalifying and qualifying brackets. This is Sarkissian's first outing of the 2013 fall season.