Stanford Stuns Waves in MPSF Tournament Semifinals
April 24, 2014
PROVO, Utah – The #2 Pepperdine men’s volleyball team was never able to settle into any sort of rhythm on Thursday night versus #3 Stanford and fell 3-0 in the semifinal round of the MPSF Tournament. The Waves had no answer for Brian Cook, who sent down a match-high 17 kills while hitting .667 (17 kill-1 error-24 attempts).
Set scores were 25-16, 25-19, 25-16.
Overall, the Cardinal swung at a blistering .474 (47-11-76) clip while limiting Pepperdine to just a .114 (30-21-79) hitting percentage. The Stanford block kept the Waves in check and was credited with 10 roofs.
Nikola Antonijevic (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson HS) and Kyle Gerrans (Los Gatos, Calif./Valley Christian HS) and J.J. Mosolf (Saugus, Calif./Hart HS/Hawaii) each produced six kills on a quiet offensive night.
Antonijevic earned his six kills while hitting .400 (6-2-10).
Matt West (Seattle, Wash./Shorewood HS) handed out 24 assists and accounted for Pepperdine’s only block of the evening.
Stanford came out of the gates hot, and built a 9-5 lead forcing head coach Marv Dunphy to spend his first timeout. Although Pepperdine scored twice out of the break to narrow the gap, the Cardinal went on a 5-1 run to extend its advantage. Hitting errors hurt the Waves down the stretch, while Stanford hit at a .500 clip to strike first, 25-16.
Pepperdine went point-for-point with the Cardinal in the first half of set two. Tied 11-11, Stanford scored on three consecutive plays and would not trail again. The Waves continued to struggle against the Cardinal block and committed 10 attack errors to fall 25-19.
Red-shirt junior Parker Kalmbach (Coto de Caza, Calif./Tesoro HS) returned to the lineup in set three after spending the last five matches on the disabled list.
Despite the new personnel on the floor, the Waves still could not settle into an offensive rhythm and lost the third 25-16.
The fate of the Waves’ season now rests in the hands of the NCAA selection committee. The NCAA Championship field will be officially announced on the morning of April 27 at NCAA.com. Automatic berths go to the conference tournament winners of the MPSF, MIVA, EIVA and Conference Carolinas with two at-large bids to join them.