Men's Volleyball Shuts Out Pacific
March 8, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - The #4 Pepperdine men's volleyball team ended the week on a high note, earning a 25-19, 25-18, 25-21 sweep over Pacific on Saturday evening. Not only did Matt Tarantino set a new career-high in hitting percentage, but Josh Taylor had a career night as well with five service aces.
The Waves improve to 10-5 on the season as they head into next week Tuesday's match at UCLA, which will air live on the Pac-12 Network. Pepperdine is aiming for the series sweep vs. the Bruins after winning the match in Malibu last month by a 3-0 tally.
Although all three sets played out relatively close, the Waves firmly controlled the tempo of the match from start to finish. Pepperdine ended the night hitting .352 (45 kills-14 errors-88 attempts) as a team, and picked up 37 digs - 11 more than Pacific - to drive the visitor's percentage down to .256 (34-12-86).
The Tigers (2-17, 1-15 MPSF) were unable to contain Tarantino (Van Nuys, Calif./Bishop Alemany) on offense. The middle blocker put down 11 kills off of just 15 swings without committing a single attack error for a new career high .733 clip. He also paced Pepperdine at the net with three blocks.
In addition to the career-high five aces, Taylor (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) led the offense with 12 kills. He finished just one dig shy of the double-double with nine.
Kyle Gerrans (Los Gatos, Calif./Valley Christian HS) was the third Wave to reach double figures in kills with an even 10.
Matt West (Seattle, Wash./Shorewood HS) quarterbacked the offense with 38 assists, while Brennan Anderson (Newport Beach, Calif./Corona Del Mar HS/Ohio State) led the match with 10 digs.
The second frame was owned by Tarantino, who was a perfect 5-for-5 on the attack. The Tigers had a difficult time siding out, particularly when Taylor was serving. He served the team to a 5-1 run that put the Waves out of reach late and Pepperdine went on to win 25-18.
Taylor continued to dominate in the third and put down six kills and a pair of aces. Although Pacific killed off two match points late, the Waves got the sideout and won 25-21.