Warriors Issue Waves 3-0 Loss
Jan. 27, 2013
HONOLULU - Pepperdine's middle blockers had a solid outing, hitting a combined 10 kills earned on a .500 attack percentage, but the men's volleyball team could not overcome the up-and-coming Hawaii squad and fell in three sets.
The Warriors, who have struggled in the early portions of the season, are now 3-6 and 2-4 in MPSF action. After numerous changes to the lineup, Hawaii seems to have found the right combination, as evidence by the 25-21, 25-22, 25-15 victory on Sunday night inside the Stan Sheriff Center.
Despite the loss the Waves, now 3-3 overall and in league play, saw positive output from their two middle blockers, Parker Kalmbach (Coto de Caza, Calif./Tesoro HS) and Nikola Antonijevic (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson HS). Kalmbach tallied six kills while hitting .364 (6 kills-2 errors-11 attempts), while Antonijevic was an errorless 4-for-5 (.800) on the attack.
The duo's defense was superb as well. Kalmbach was credited one solo block and three block assists, while Antonijevic tallied five total blocks.
Setter Matt West (Seattle, Wash./Shorewood HS) also recorded five total blocks and handed out 31 assists.
Maurice Torres (Riverside, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) paced Pepperdine with 11 kills, but the Warriors limited the senior opposite side hitter to a .148 (11-7-27) clip.
Honolulu native Josh Taylor (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) followed Torres with nine kills.
As a team, the Waves hit a season-low .190 (34-18-84) compared to the Warriors' .333 (44-16-84) success rate. Hawaii also held the advantage at the service line, out-acing Pepperdine 6-0.
Brooke Sedore and Sinisa Zarkovic both led the Warriors with 15 kills apiece.
Hawaii controlled the early offensive rhythm, hitting .222 (12-6-27) in the opening set and delivering three aces. Although the Waves were credited with one more kill than the Warriors, eight attack errors proved costly and Pepperdine fell 25-21.
Despite the loss, Torres was still a force for the Waves with six kills in the frame.
Kalmbach got Pepperdine started on the right foot in the second set, throwing the roof on for his team-best seventh solo block of the season. Neither team was able to take control, however, and the score was tied 16 times throughout the stanza.
Down 19-21, the Waves knotted the score up once again following a Torres kill and a West-Antonijevic-Taylor block. The momentum shift prompted the Warriors to call a timeout, and the home squad scored two-consecutive points coming out of the break. Although Pepperdine was able to sideout courtesy of a Taylor kill, the Warriors closed out the frame with kills from Taylor Averill and JP Marks to put the set away 25-22.
Hawaii got the momentum rolling in its favor right away in set three, and sprinted out to a 15-5 lead. Although the Waves went on a late 7-2 run, the Warriors held on for the 25-16 win to secure the sweep.
Pepperdine will look to get back on track on Friday, Feb. 1 for a 7 p.m. contest against USC inside Firestone Fieldhouse. Hollywood Theatres will be in attendance handing out vouchers for free popcorn.