Waves Remain Undefeated in Conference Play After 3-1 Victory Over Hawaii
Jan. 22, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. – Led by Maurice Torres’ 21 kills, the #7 Pepperdine men’s volleyball team defeated #12 Hawaii, 3-1, for the series sweep. The Waves improve to 5-1 overall and are just one of three teams left undefeated in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play at 4-0.
Set scores for the match were 25-20, 25-21, 22-25 and 25-23.
Torres (Riverside, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) tallied a season-high 21 kills while hitting for a .371 attack percentage. The junior opposite side hitter also picked up eight digs and was accountable for Pepperdine’s only two service aces of the evening.
As a team, the Waves hit a season-high .355 clip thanks in part to the setting of Matt West (Seattle, Wash./Shorewood HS). The freshman dished 55 assists, and was credited with five blocks.
For the second-straight night, Matt Pollock (Orland Park, Calif./Sandburg HS) went errorless on the attack. The senior tacked down nine kills on 11 swings this evening for a .818 hitting percentage to bring his week total to 21 kills and 29 attacks for a .724 success rate.
Also reaching double-digit kill totals were Josh Taylor (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) and Chase Ross (Carlsbad, Calif./Carlsbad HS), who had 14 and 11 kills, respectively. Taylor also collected a match-best eight digs, while Ross added six.
The Waves hit .500 and sided out 90-percent of the time in set one to open the match. Although the Warriors (2-5, 1-3 MPSF) would find their offense late in the set, Pepperdine was able to put the 25-20 set in the books to claim an early lead. Torres recorded six kills in the frame, while Nikola Antonijevic (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson HS) threw the roof on twice.
Torres continued his dominance in the second frame, pounding down eight kills on 10 error-free swings. Hawaii was resilient and erased a three-point deficit to tie the stanza at 13, but Pepperdine scored three unanswered points, capped with a Torres ace to claim a lead that would hold until the end. West and Pollock teamed up on three occasions with the tandem block to pace the defensive effort.
The Warriors defense came alive in the third set as the visiting team posted 6.5 blocks, compared to Pepperdine’s two, to earn the 25-22 win and avoid the sweep.
The fourth set played out very even, as neither team was able to gain an advantage of more than two points. Although the Waves committed two more attacking errors than the Warriors, Pepperdine out-dug the visiting team 9-1 to give its offense more opportunities to put the ball away. Tied at 23, Torres set up match point with a kill and the Warriors sent an attack out of bounds to put the 25th and match-clinching point on the board for Pepperdine.
Next week, the Waves hit the road for the first time in 2012, paying visits to UC Irvine on Wednesday Jan. 25, followed by a stop at US San Diego on Friday, Jan. 27.