Men's Volleyball Back on Track with 3-0 Win vs. UCSD
Feb. 15, 2014
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The #3 Pepperdine men’s volleyball got back in the win column this evening with a 3-0 triumph over UC San Diego. The Waves were led by Kyle Gerrans, who produced 11 kills and career-high six aces.
Although it was a three-set win, the Tritons battled Pepperdine past the 25-point mark twice tonight making for an exciting match. Final scores were 32-30, 25-16, 27-25.
The Waves improve to 7-3 overall, all MPSF matches. The win puts Pepperdine back in a tie for third place in the conference standings, along with UC Santa Barbara and Hawaii. BYU tops the chart with a 10-1 league record, followed by UCLA at 8-2.
Gerrans (Los Gatos, Calif./Valley Christian HS) scored 17.5 points tonight, the most the senior has ever scored in a three-set effort. In addition to posting 11 kills earned at a .421 (11 kills-3 errors-19 attempts) hitting percentage, Gerrans delivered an incredulous six aces from the service line. Not only was it a new career-high, but the statistic ties for the most during the rally scoring era in a three-set match.
Fred Winters was credited with six aces in a three-set match vs. Cal State Northridge in 2004.
Parker Kalmbach (Coto de Caza, Calif./Tesoro HS) earned a team-best 13 kills.
With Josh Taylor (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) given the night off, Scott Rhein (Pleasant View, Tenn./Aaron Academy) was given the start in his place. The junior made the most of the opportunity, tagging down a season-high nine kills.
Matt West (Seattle, Wash./Shorewood HS) quarterbacked the offense tonight with 38 assists which led the Waves to a .345 (45-15-87) hitting percentage.
Mike Brunsting paced UCSD (0-13, 0-12 MPSF) with a match-best 17 kills.
Although the Tritons hit more efficiently than the Waves at .356 (41-10-87), Pepperdine won the battle at the service line with a 9-3 advantage in aces. The Malibu Roofing Company tallied six blocks, compared to the home team’s four.
A marathon opening frame featuring 15 tie scores and three lead changes finally came to a close when Gerrans picked up a crucial dig at set point No. 3. West set the ball straight back to Gerrans and the senior capitalized on the opportunity with a kill, 32-30.
Gerrans then served his team to a 5-2 advantage in set two and Pepperdine led the rest of the way. After a 5-1 run – which included two more Gerrans aces – Kalmbach smashed the final kill to the floor for the 25-16 victory.
Set three looked much like the first, and on nine occasions the score read even. Although the Waves were ahead 24-22, the Tritons made a late break in an attempt to extend the match. After Brunsting committed an error while serving, J.J. Mosolf (Saugus, Calif./Hart HS/Hawaii) and Rhein teamed up for the roof to clinch the match 27-25.
Next up for the Waves is a home match vs. Cal Baptist on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.