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This Week at Pepperdine: November 4-10

Keitra Wallace
Keitra Wallace
 
 

Nov. 4, 2013

MALIBU, Calif. - It's November, so it's basketball season. The men and women officially open their seasons this weekend, with the men's squad starting off with a home game on Saturday. The women's volleyball and men's water polo teams are also home this week.

Meanwhile, the women's soccer team closes out the regular season with a Wells Fargo PCH Cup game at rival Loyola Marymount, and the men's golf, women's swimming and diving, and men's and women's tennis teams will be in action out of town.

Nikolas Skouen of men's basketball opens the show, and interviews take place with Jeremy Major (men's basketball), Kelsey Brockway (women's basketball) and Samantha Cash (women's volleyball).

Here's a look at the week's events:

MEN'S BASKETBALL

Saturday: vs. San Diego Christian (Firestone Fieldhouse), 5 p.m.
Tickets: Tickets for home games cost $17 for reserved seats, $14 for general admission and $5 for children's general admission. Tickets are free for Pepperdine students, faculty and staff with a valid Pepperdine ID.
Multimedia: Fans can watch the San Diego Christian game for free via WaveCasts with Al Epstein handling the broadcast. GameTracker will also be available for live statistics at PepperdineSports.com.

Eight returners and eight newcomers will come together to provide what should hopefully be the most talented and exciting team yet in Marty Wilson's tenure as head coach. After two closed scrimmages, Pepperdine fans get their first look at the men's basketball team in the season opener against San Diego Christian, an NAIA program. Stacy Davis, last year's WCC Newcomer of the Year, is a preseason All-WCC first team pick. Brendan Lane, a UCLA transfer, makes his long-awaited debut.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Friday: at Seattle (Seattle, Wash.), 7 p.m.
Multimedia: Fans can listen to Josh Perigo's call on WaveCasts in a free live audio broadcast.

After a near-buzzer-beating win against defending NAIA champion Westmont in an exhibition last week, the Ryan Weisenberg era begins for real as Pepperdine opens the regular season at Seattle. The Waves defeated the Redhawks last season in Malibu. Amanda Lovely's putback with 2.9 seconds left gave the Waves the win over the Warriors. Bria Richardson scored a team-high 11 points.

MEN'S WATER POLO

Friday: vs. Pacific (Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool), 3 p.m.
Sunday: at USC (Los Angeles, Calif.), 1 p.m.
Tickets: Tickets for home games cost $8 for adults and $5 for alumni, children, seniors and students. Tickets are free for Pepperdine students, faculty and staff with a valid Pepperdine ID.
Multimedia: The Pepperdine-Pacific game will have a free live webstream via WaveCasts.

Two tremendous individual efforts propelled the Waves to their first MPSF victory this past weekend, and Pepperdine hopes to use that as a springboard into another tough weekend of conference play. Pacific was #3 in last week's poll and USC was #1, but the Tigers knocked off the Trojans. In #9 Pepperdine's win against #7 Long Beach State, Bence Valics recorded a remarkable 20 saves and Marko Madaras scored five goals.

WOMEN'S SOCCER

Saturday: at Loyola Marymount (Los Angeles, Calif.), 6 p.m.
Multimedia: LMU will offer a free live video webcast at LMULions.com.

The regular season comes to an end on Saturday with a Wells Fargo PCH Cup battle against rival LMU. The injury plagued Waves are coming off a tough weekend in the Bay Area and possibly remain on the bubble for the NCAA Tournament, so a positive result is a necessity. Ally Holtz has been tremendous as of late, as the junior forward has scored four goals in the last four games, helping pick up the slack as injuries have quickly mounted among Pepperdine's attacking corps.

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL

Thursday: vs. Saint Mary's (Firestone Fieldhouse), 7 p.m.
Saturday: vs. Pacific (Firestone Fieldhouse), 1 p.m.
Tickets: Tickets for home games cost $8 for adults and $5 for alumni, children, seniors and students. Tickets are free for Pepperdine students, faculty and staff with a valid Pepperdine ID.
Multimedia: Fans can watch both home games for free via WaveCasts with Al Epstein handling the broadcast. GameTracker will also be available for live statistics at PepperdineSports.com.

The Waves suffered two hard-fought losses to top-25 ranked San Diego and BYU last week on the road. Pepperdine nearly spoiled the Cougars' win streak inside Smith Fieldhouse, which dates back to the 2011 campaign, by taking a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately, the Waves were unable to close the match out and fell in five. Despite the losses, Pepperdine will take a fair amount of positive momentum into this week's homestand. Samantha Cash, arguably one of the best middle blockers in the league, made her return to the lineup after spending a little over a week on the disabled list. Becca Strehlow quarterbacked the Pepperdine offense with 10.12 assists per set, while adding 1.38 digs and 1.25 blocks on the defensive side. Katie Messing was once again the main target of Strehlow, and the junior outside hitter contributed 3.62 kills per set.

MEN'S TENNIS

Thursday-Sunday: at USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship (Flushing Meadows, N.Y.)

Alex Sarkissian closes out the fall tournament season for the Waves by competing at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center this weekend. The 32-player singles draw is made up of the 12 USTA regional champions, ITA All-American quarterfinalists and consolation draw winner, seven at-large selections (including Sarkissian), four wild-card entries and the USTA/ITA National Small College Championship winner. Sarkissian enters the national championship with a #23 ranking in singles. Most recently, the senior finished runner-up at the USTA/ITA Southwest Regional Championship.

WOMEN'S TENNIS

Thursday-Sunday: at USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship (Flushing Meadows, N.Y.)
Thursday-Sunday: at Jack Kramer Club Collegiate Invitational (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.)

After receiving an at-large bid into the tournament, junior Lorraine Guillermo will represent the Waves at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. The tournament is held at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, annual home to the U.S. Open. Guillermo competed at the national indoor championship last year in doubles alongside the now-graduated Khunpak Issara, and the pair reached the semifinals. A little bit closer to home, Ale Granillo, Matea Cutura, Michaela Capannolo and Yuki Chiang will conclude their fall seasons at the Jack Kramer Club Collegiate Invitational in Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.

MEN'S GOLF

Monday-Wednesday: at Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational (Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii)
Multimedia: Live scoring will be available via Golfstat.com.

The Waves will finish their fall season in Hawaii this week. Pepperdine has sent the same five players that have been in the lineup at the previous three events: seniors Parker Page and Jeremy Sanders, junior Kevin DeHuff and sophomores Nick Thomas and Frederick Wedel. The Waves are coming off a season-best fifth-place finish at the Bill Cullum Invitational two weeks ago.

WOMEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING

Friday-Saturday: at Mustang Invitational (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)

After a successful debut in the newly renovated Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool at the Malibu Invitational two weeks ago, the Waves continue the season at Cal Poly's Mustang Invitational. A full lineup of swim and dive events will be held versus competitors from Cal Poly and Azusa Pacific, among others. Last time out, Pepperdine recorded 37 top-10 finishes, including eight event wins over two days at the Malibu Invitational. Jessica Mosbaugh enters the meet with six race wins under her belt in 2013, while Ellyn Strampel looks to win her second-straight 3-meter dive competition.

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