Rhein's Near-Record Setting Performance Lifts Waves Over Tritons
March 15, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. – Scott Rhein was almost perfect for the Pepperdine men’s volleyball team tonight, pounding down 13 kills off of 16 attempts to lead the Waves to a 3-0 victory over UC San Diego. His final hitting percentage of .812 goes down as the fifth-best clip in the program’s rally scoring era history.
The Waves, who won by set scores of 25-17, 25-21, 25-18, improve to 12-6 overall and 11-6 in MPSF action.
Rhein (Pleasant View, Tenn./Aaron Academy) was hitting over .900 for most of the night – a would-be Pepperdine record -- going an errorless 4-for-4 in the opening frame, followed by a 5-for-6 effort in set two. The Tritons dug two Rhein attacks in the third set to push his success rate down to .812 (13 kills-0 errors-16 attacks), which still ranks fifth all-time at Pepperdine.
“Credit goes to Matt West,” said Rhein. “We were connecting really well tonight. I honestly had no idea the numbers were that high, I was just doing what I could to help the team.”
Two-time All-American Andy Hein (2006-06) holds the record with a .909 (10-0-11) hitting percentage which was achieved vs. Long Beach State on April 30, 2005.
Rhein in the only outside hitter to rank in the top-five in the single-match hitting percentage category. Hein also ranks second (.882), followed by Tyler Jaynes (2008-11, .875) and Brad Keenan (2000-03, .833) – all middle blockers.
As a team, Pepperdine finished the night hitting .362 (39-14-69) while holding UCSD to a .119 (27-19-67) clip. The Waves held a 10.5-7.0 advantage in blocks, a 39-27 advantage in kills and out-aced the opposition 7-2.
Maurice Torres (Riverside, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) helped along the home team’s effort with eight kills and three aces, while Parker Kalmbach (Coto de Caza, Calif./Tesoro HS) finished the night with seven kills and seven blocks.
The Waves’ offensive maestro, Matt West (Seattle, Wash./Shorewood HS), dished 36 assists and added five blocks on defense.
Pepperdine controlled the tempo of the match from start to finish, trailing just three times all night and never by more than one point. After the home team handily won the opening set 25-17, the Tritons challenged the Waves in the second stanza, stringing together a 5-3 run to knot the score at 17. Pepperdine quickly surged ahead once again and closed out the set 25-21.
The Waves rolled with the momentum in set three, and after briefly trailing 2-3 in the opening points, the home team gained some separation, 10-6, to prompt a UC San Diego timeout.
Pepperdine never relinquished control and won 25-18 to clinch the sweep.
The Waves’ three-match road swing begins next week at USC (March 21), followed by road matches at BYU (March 28) and Cal Baptist (March 20). Pepperdine’s next home match is scheduled for Thursday, April 4 vs. Cal State Northridge.