Hawaii Stuns Pepperdine, 3-2
Jan. 25, 2013
HONOLULU – Despite a match-best 20 kills from Maurice Torres, the #2 Pepperdine men’s volleyball team was stunned 3-2 inside the Stan Sherriff Center on Friday night. The Waves look to avenge the loss to the Warriors on Sunday, when the two squads square off in a rematch.
Hawaii (2-6, 1-4 MPSF) won by set scores of 19-25, 25-18, 22-25, 25-21, 15-11.
Torres (Riverside, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) matched a season-best with 20 kills tonight. The senior also contributed five digs and five blocks to lead the Waves (3-2, 3-2 MPSF) with 23 total points.
Matt West (Seattle, Wash./Shorewood HS) distributed 46 assists and collected a season-best 11 digs.
The Waves fought back-and-forth with the Warriors before finding themselves down 11-13, prompting head coach Marv Dunphy to call a timeout. The pause proved to be beneficial as Kalmbach proceeded to punch down two-straight kills to knot the score at 13. He then teamed up with West for a tandem block before delivering one more kill to the floor to push Pepperdine ahead 15-13. The Waves, fueled by seven kills courtesy of Torres and 6.5-1.0 edge on the block, continued to pull away and secured the first set 25-19.
The Warriors recovered from the setback and sprinted out to a 6-1 advantage in the second frame. Although the Waves continued to battle, they were unable to recover from the early deficit and dropped the set 25-18.
The momentum carried over into set three and Hawaii took a six-point lead at 10-4. The Warriors appeared to have the set put away, up 19-13, but Pepperdine strung together a 7-1 run to tip the scales back in their favor. With Torres serving for the set, 24-22, it was Scott Rhein (Pleasant View, Tenn./Aaron Academy), West and Kalmbach who collectively threw the roof on the Warrior attack to put point No. 25 on the board.
Torres tallied six kills and three blocks in the frame.
Pepperdine got on the board first in the fourth, forcing Hawaii to commit an attack error but the Warriors quickly evened things out. Both squads vied for control, but were unable to build a lead greater than one point for much of the set. The home squad went on a late run to take a 23-19 lead, but a service error and West solo block brought the Waves within two. The comeback fell short, however, and Hawaii scored on back-to-back points following a timeout to win 25-21.
In the deciding set, the Waves got a break when a Taylor serve clipped the tape and dropped down for the ace to put the blue and orange up 4-2. Hawaii took back control, however, after a pair of blocks put the advantage back in its favor.
The teams switched sides with Pepperdine leading 8-7, but untimely attack errors put the Warriors back on top 13-11. Sinisa Zarkovic handed out a service ace following a timeout and Taylor Averill issued his fifth kill of the night to clinch the final frame 15-11.
Zarkovic led his team with 19 kills and two aces.
The Waves face Hawaii once again on Sunday, Jan. 27 with the first serve scheduled for 7 p.m. (PT) Visit the Pepperdine men’s volleyball schedule page for links to all available coverage.