Golden Bears Sweep Waves in Asics CanAm Challenge
Jan. 5, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine men's volleyball team ended the exhibition season today versus the University of Alberta and fell 3-0 in the match deemed the Asics CanAm Challenge. Despite the loss, several Waves saw time and gained valuable match experience.
Set scores were 25-20, 25-23, 25-21.
Parker Kalmbach (Coto de Caza, Calif./Tesoro HS) and Scott Rhein (Pleasant View, Tenn./Aaron Academy) played in all three sets today and collectively put down 17 kills. Kalmbach paced Pepperdine with nine put aways while adding a match-high 12 digs. Although it does not count officially, Kalmbach's dig total would be a new career high, with his previous single-match best set at just two pick ups.
Newcomer Max States (Honolulu, Hawaii/Solimar Academy) started the second and third sets and tallied five kills, four digs and pair of blocks.
Nikola Antonijevic (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson HS) was credited with a team-best four blocks in just one set of work.
Soren Dion-Kindem (Agoura, Calif./Agoura HS) once again got the starting bid at setter and dished 25 assists.
The Golden Bears saw 10 kills and nine digs out of Kevin Proudfoot, while John Goranson led the defense with seven blocks. Overall, Alberta out-blocked the Waves 11.0-7.5.
Head coach Marv Dunphy, now in his 31st season at Pepperdine, took advantage of the team's final exhibition, using 12 different players throughout the match. Matt Tarantino (Van Nuys, Calif./Bishop Alemany) started for the first time since his 2012 freshman campaign after sitting out last season as a redshirt. The middle blocker tallied four kills and an ace.
With the dress rehearsals now over, the Waves prepare for their MSPF home opener on Friday, Jan. 10. First serve inside Firestone Fieldhouse is set for 7 p.m. Pepperdine's season-starting weekend continues on Saturday, Jan. 11 when the Blue and Orange host UC San Diego at 7 p.m. Both contests can be watched online for free on WaveCasts.