#7 Waves Down #12 Hawaii, 3-1
Jan. 20, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. – Josh Taylor nailed down 18 kills and Matt Pollock added 12 as the #7 Pepperdine men’s volleyball team picked up its fourth-consecutive win with a 3-1 triumph over #12 Hawaii. The Waves face the Warriors once more tomorrow evening (Jan. 21) at 8:30 p.m. inside Firestone Fieldhouse.
Pepperdine improves to 4-1 overall and a league-best 3-0 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play.
After dropping the first set 21-25, the Waves rebounded with 25-22, 25-15, 25-20 wins in the subsequent frames.
Taylor (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) pounded down a team-high 18 kills earned on a .419 hitting percentage, while defensively the freshman outside hitter set a career-best with four blocks.
Senior middle blocker Pollock (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg HS) went an errorless 12-for-18 on the attack this evening to register a .667 clip.
Maurice Torres (Riverside, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) handed in a stellar defensive effort for the Waves. He picked up eight digs and paced his team with six blocks.
Freshman setter Matt West (Seattle, Wash./Shorewood HS) managed the offense with 43 assists to help Pepperdine hit .317 as a team.
The Warriors (2-4, 1-2 MPSF) were led by Steven Hunt, who issued 20 kills.
The Waves got off to a slow start in the opening set, and hit for just .194. Down 18-23, Taylor served his team to a 3-1 run, but the comeback fell short as Hawaii claimed the set 25-21.
Pepperdine found its rhythm in set two, jumping out to 17-13 lead. Hawaii tried to break up the momentum with a time out, but Torres, Taylor and Joel Lopata (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield HS), who came off the bench with a career-high five blocks, answered with a collaborative rejection to extend the lead to five points. The Waves continued to roll and evened the score with a 25-22 victory.
Ross led the home team with five kills in the frame.
Although Torres struggled with his serve in the first and second set, the junior found his grove in the third stanza. His well-placed serves, which included two aces, kept Hawaii’s offense out of system and the Waves went on a 5-0 run before the Warriors were able to side out with a kill. Even though the visitors were able to fight back within one point at 11-10, Pepperdine limited their attacking errors and cruised to a 25-15 win to take a 2-1 overall lead.
A kill from Ross put point No. 1 on the board in the fourth set and Pepperdine never trailed the remainder of the match. Torres picked up five digs, while McMahon and West collectively tallied seven to give the Waves the offensive opportunities they needed to put the match in the books. Taylor led the effort with five kills, while Pollock handed out three kills on four attacks to give Pepperdine the 25-20 win to clinch the match.
The Waves and Warriors square off once more on Saturday evening at 8:30 p.m. following the Pepperdine men’s basketball game vs. BYU at 5 p.m.