This Week at Pepperdine: October 28-November 3
Oct. 28, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine's fall seasons are heading down the homestretch and the winter sports are about to get started, including a Wednesday night home exhibition for the women's basketball team. On Saturday, the cross country teams host the WCC Championships for the first time and men's water polo is also home.
Also this week, the women's soccer and volleyball teams head out on two important road trips, and the men's tennis team sends some of its student-athletes to two separate tournaments.
Here's a look at the week's events:
Wednesday: vs. Westmont (Firestone Fieldhouse), 7 p.m.
The Ryan Weisenberg era begins at Pepperdine as the Waves open up the 2013-14 campaign with an exhibition against Westmont on Wednesday evening. The Warriors will provide a real test, as they were the 2013 NAIA national champions. The Waves return eight players, including three starters, as they look to begin the climb back up to being one of the WCC's elite programs once again.
Saturday: hosting West Coast Conference Championships (Alumni Park), 9 a.m.
Championship season is here for Pepperdine, and the Waves will host the WCC meet for the first time in program history. The Waves have been building up to this point and should be at full strength for the races. It should be a very competitive race, with four men's teams and four women's teams from around the conference ranked regionally. Portland has won 34 straight titles on the men's side, while San Francisco has won four consecutive women's crowns.
MEN'S WATER POLO
Saturday: vs. Long Beach State (Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool), 7 p.m.
Ninth-ranked Pepperdine aims for its first MPSF victory this Saturday when the Waves host #7 Long Beach State. The teams have already met once this year, with the 49ers pulling out a 9-6 victory at the NorCal Tournament. Luke Hewko surpassed the 50-goal mark for the season this past weekend during the Waves' road trip to Stanford and California.
Friday: at San Francisco (San Francisco, Calif.), 5 p.m.
Two weeks remain in the regular season for the women's soccer team, which has three games left to make an impression on the NCAA Women's Soccer Committee and earn a spot in the 64-team field for the third straight year. The Waves took care of business in their final two home games this past weekend, as Ally Holtz was named WCC Player of the Week with three goals and an assist against Pacific and Saint Mary's. Pepperdine will look to extend a six-game unbeaten streak against the Dons, and will strive to win at #11 Santa Clara for the first time in program history.
Wednesday: at San Diego (San Diego, Calif.), 5 p.m.
The Pepperdine women's volleyball team gets set for a challenging West Coast Conference road trip at #8 San Diego on Wednesday and at #21 BYU on Saturday. The Waves earned a pair of wins last week inside Firestone Fieldhouse, topping both Gonzaga and Portland in come-from-behind fashion. The Bulldogs took sets one and two from Pepperdine before the Waves stormed back to force a deciding fifth set. Trailing 10-6, Taylor Racich delivered five kills to help lift Pepperdine to the 15-13 triumph. Katie Messing finished the match with a career-high-tying 20 kills. Against Portland, the Waves fell in the first set before storming back to win 3-1. Messing once again led Pepperdine in kills, this time with 19, followed by Racich and Kelley Larsen with 11 apiece.
Wednesday-Sunday: at Southern California Intercollegiate Championship (Los Angeles, Calif.)
The fall tournament season continues this week with three student-athletes heading to two different tournaments in the region. Freshman Alexander Solonin will represent the Waves starting Wednesday at the Southern California Intercollegiate Championship, held at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on the campus of UCLA. Junior Kento Tanaka-Tamaki and senior Francis Alcantara will compete at the Jack Kramer Club Collegiate Invitational against players from the likes of Baylor, Southern Methodist, USC, Washington and Miami.