Kalmbach Triple-Double Sends Waves Past USC
Jan. 16, 2014
LOS ANGELES - The #3 Pepperdine men's volleyball team earned its first road victory of the year -- a 3-1 win over #5 USC -- thanks in large part to the efforts of opposite side hitter Parker Kalmbach. The redshirt junior turned in 11 kills and 13 digs, and clinched the match in the fourth set with his match-high 10th block of the night.
The Waves improve to 3-0 overall and in MPSF action, while the Trojans suffered their first loss of the season and fall to 3-1 (2-1 MPSF). Pepperdine rebounded from a first-set loss to win 26-28, 25-22, 25-22, 26-24.
Kalmbach (Coto de Caza, Calif./Tesoro HS) set a new career high with his 13 digs and tied his all-time best with the 10 blocks. This is the redshirt junior's first-ever triple-double and the first for any Wave since March 15, 2010 when Maurice Torres posted 16 kills, 10 digs and 10 blocks. It is just the fourth triple-double by any MPSF player since the 2007 season.
Go-to outside hitter Josh Taylor (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) led the match with 17 kills and 12 digs, but was limited to an uncharacteristically low hitting percentage.
Kyle Gerrans (Los Gatos, Calif./Valley Christian HS) stepped up for the Waves, pounding down 16 kills earned at a .452 (16 kills-2 errors-31 attempts) clip. He was the third Pepperdine player to earn a kills-digs double-double, and ended the match with 13 digs. It was the senior's first official double-double after unofficially doing so a few weeks ago in exhibition action.
The Waves got a big boost from J.J. Mosolf (Saugus, Calif./Hart HS/Hawaii). The middle blocker came off the bench and tallied a career-high 10 kills off of 13 errorless swings.
Matt West (Seattle, Wash./Shorewood HS) dished 51 assists in the four-set win, while adding 11 digs on defense. Brennan Anderson (Newport Beach, Calif./Corona Del Mar HS/Ohio State) was the fifth Wave to reach double-digit dig totals with 10 saves.
Defense was the name of the game tonight. The Waves out-dug the Trojans 61-54. The 61 digs ties for the fourth most in Pepperdine's single-match history (rally scoring era only). At the net, Pepperdine held an 18.5-9.0 blocking advantage.
Although Pepperdine jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the opening frame, USC was able to narrow the gap to one, 11-10. The Waves still managed to stay on top for most of the set, but ultimately the Trojans were able to steal the first one away, 28-26.
Pepperdine once again claimed a sizable advantage in the early points of set two, only to see USC climb back. After falling behind 12-13, a 5-2 run put the Waves back on top once and for all. Gerrans owned the set with six kills earned at a .545 attack percentage and the Blue and Orange won 25-22.
The third stanza mirrored the second and with 7.5 team blocks, Pepperdine won 25-22 to take a 2-1 lead.
Set four was a close one from start to finish, as evidence by the 13 tie scores and three lead chances. Tied at 23-23, Kalmbach gave Pepperdine match point with a kill, but the Trojans negated the advantage. After Mosolf put the Waves ahead once again, Kalmbach secured the match with the solo roof.
Pepperdine continues life on the road next week with matches at Cal State Northridge on Wednesday, Jan. 22, and Long Beach State on Friday, Jan. 24. The Waves return to Firestone Fieldhouse on Friday, Jan. 31 to host BYU.