MALIBU, Calif. - After opening the season last week with a 1-1 record, the #4 Pepperdine men’s volleyball team plays host to #15 Pacific and #2 Stanford this weekend. The Waves tangle with the Tigers on Friday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m., before taking on the Cardinal at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20.
MATCH 3 - Friday (Jan. 18) at Firestone Fieldhouse: #4 Pepperdine (1-1, 1-1 MPSF) vs. Pacific (1-1, 0-1 MPSF) at 7 p.m.
MATCH 4 - Sunday (Jan. 20) at Firestone Fieldhouse: #4 Pepperdine vs. Stanford (4-0, 1-0 MPSF) at 5 p.m.
FREEBIES - The first 200 students at Friday’s contest will receive FREE Pepperdine men’s volleyball Game Day t-shirts.
SIGHT & SOUND - All home Pepperdine men’s volleyball home matches are broadcast live and for FREE via WaveCasts. In addition to live broadcasts, WaveCasts also offers a large selection of game highlights, interviews, features and more! GameTracker is also available and offers live scores and statistics. Links to all available coverage can be found on the Pepperdine men’s volleyball schedule page.
TICKETS - Single-game prices for home events are $8 for adults, $5 for students/seniors/children and free to all Pepperdine students, faculty and staff (and their dependents) with a valid Pepperdine ID. An all-sports pass, which provides admission to all Pepperdine home sporting events, with the exception of men’s basketball, is $100. Call the Ticket Office at (866) WAVE-TIX for more information.
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LOOKING BACK - The Waves went 1-1 during the season-opening week, losing to top-ranked UC Irvine before sweeping UC San Diego ... Maurice Torres paced the Waves’ offense with 10 kills in both matches ... Parker Kalmbach registered 10 blocks vs. the Tritons as Pepperdine out-roofed its foe 15-2 ... The Waves also maintained a .492-.000 advantage in hitting percentage against UCSD.
LOOKING AHEAD - Pepperdine travels to Honolulu next week to play a pair of matches against Hawaii, first on Jan. 25 and again on Jan. 27. The Waves return home on Feb. 1 for a crosstown rivalry match vs. USC.
PACIFIC - The Tigers are 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the MPSF ... Came within a point of stunning then-#3 Stanford on the road, before being edged in five sets ... Four Tigers’ were in double-figure kills, led by Taylor Hughes’ 19, along with four aces. Adam Troy had a double-double on 10 kills and 12 digs and Christian Ahlin hit .667 (14-2-18) ... Pacific’s lone win of the young season was a 3-0 triumph vs. George Mason on Jan. 4.
STANFORD - Stanford is the only undefeated team left in the MPSF at 4-0, and is 1-0 in league play ... The Cardinal survived a wild MPSF opener at home this past Saturday, fighting off a total of five match points (three in succession) to get past Pacific ... Down 14-11, 16-15, and 17-16 in set five, the Cardinal rallied for a 19-17 win ... Brian Cook delivered a match-high 24 kills, while Steven Irvin added 14 kills and 14 digs ... The Cardinal plays at USC on Friday before heading to Malibu.
RANKINGS - Pepperdine is currently listed at #4 in the AVCA Coaches’ Top-15 Poll.
SERIES SCORE - Although Pepperdine leads the all-time series against Stanford, 44-21, the Cardinal has one the last six consecutive matches ... The Waves’ last official win vs. Stanford was during the 2007 season ... Pepperdine is 23-3 all-time against Pacific and has never lost to the Tigers inside Firestone Fieldhouse.
MPSF LEADERS - Parker Kalmbach sits on top of the MPSF standings with a 2.33 blocks/set average and ranks fourth with a .526 hitting percentage ... Matt West ranks seventh in assists (10.17) and tied for fifth in aces (0.50) ... Maurice Torres ranks seventh in points (4.50).
MPSF TEAM STATS - As a team, Pepperdine ranks first in blocks (3.92), third in hitting percentage (.333), sixth in opponent hitting percentage (.203), seventh in assists (11.17), eighth in kills (11.83) and ninth in service aces (0.83).
TORRES - Maurice Torres, the Waves’ kills leader the past three seasons, enters his senior campaign with high expectations ... He put down 10 kills in both of Pepperdine’s matches this season, and has averaged a tea,-high 1.67 digs/set ... Torres was an AVCA All-American second team selection in 2012 and made the first team in the All-MPSF conference awards.
WEST - Matt West is in his second year managing the Waves’ offense ... West was an All-MPSF honorable mention as a freshman and ranked second in the NCAA and the league with 11.38 assists/set ... West, who made use of a float serve last season, has transitioned to a tough jump serve and the change has paid dividends ... He currently leads Pepperdine with three service aces.
DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK - Parker Kalmbach, who missed all of 2012 recovering from major back surgery, is back in 2013 and has made an immediate impact ... After serving as an outside hitter in 2011, Kalmbach now starts in the middle ... He averages an MPSF-best 2.33 blocks/set after a phenomenal 10-block performance against UC San Diego last week ... He also pounds down 2.00 kills/set.
ON THE OUTSIDE - Josh Taylor and Kyle Gerrans have been the Waves’ two outside hitting starters in 2013 ... Taylor, who ranked second behind Torres in 2012 with 3.52 kills/set, currently averages 3.00 kills/set as a sophomore ... Gerrans, who prior to this season has seen limited front row time, averages 2.50 kill/set while hitting .343 ... Gerrans was a regular in the rotation in 2012 as a sophomore, but served primarily as a defensive specialist/libero.
CHECK THE RECORD - In Pepperdine’s career record book, Maurice Torres has made his mark in several categories ... He ranks 10th in career kills with 1,237 ... 1,353 will move Torres into ninth place ... His 101 service aces rank ninth ... Two more will move him into eighth place ... Matt West’s assist total of 1,404 ranks eighth.
Marv Dunphy — Now in his 30th season as head coach of the Waves, Marv Dunphy has time and again proven himself to be one of the top teachers in the sport. He has directed Pepperdine to four NCAA championships, each in a different decade (1978, 1985, 1992, 2005). He was the 2005 National Coach of the Year and is a three-time MPSF Coach of the Year. He entered the 2013 season with a career record of 532-229* (.699). Dunphy has long been involved with USA Volleyball, having been part of the coaching staff at six Olympics, including head coach of the 1988 team and consultant coach for the 2008 squad, both of which won gold. He has been inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame (1994), AVCA Hall of Fame (2009) and the Pepperdine Athletics (2010).
PRESEASON MPSF POLL - With 113 points, the Waves were picked to finished third in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in a preseason vote of the league’s 13 coaches. UC Irvine tallied the most points with 143, closely followed by BYU with 134.
MOST IMPROVED - Pepperdine ended the 2012 campaign with an eighth-place finish in the MPSF standings and at #10 in the AVCA poll. The Waves are picked to be the most improved team in 2013, as evidence by the MPSF preseason poll and the AVCA preseason rankings, where Pepperdine appeared at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.
NEW GUYS - Pepperdine added two true freshmen, a redshirt freshmen and a redshirt sophomore to the 2013 roster ... Middle blocker Leonardo Granato (MB) comes to Pepperdine by way of Pierce Junior College, while opposite side hitter J.J. Mosolf spend a redshirt season at Hawaii before transferring ... The Waves’ two true freshmen include Vincent Rios (L) and Kyle Suppes (MB)..
2012 POSTSEASON AWARDS - Maurice Torres earned a spot on the All-MPSF first team roster ... Matt Pollock and Matt West were named to the honorable mention team ... West, Matt Tarantino and Josh Taylor accounted for three of the six spots on the all-freshman list ... Torres was also named a second team All-American by both the AVCA and Volleyball Magazine.
VOLLEYBALL HISTORY — Pepperdine has won five NCAA men’s volleyball championships, second only to UCLA. The Waves have won the MPSF Tournament three times and have won or shared nine regular-season conference titles. Pepperdine has won either an MPSF regular-season or tournament title in seven of the last 13 seasons. The Waves have finished in the top six in the final AVCA poll in each of the last 13 seasons. Pepperdine student-athletes have won national player of the year honors eight times and All-American accolades 76 times. A Pepperdine alum has competed for the U.S. at the Olympics every time since 1984 (Sean Rooney won gold in 2008).
ABOUT PEPPERDINE - Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won NCAA Division I championships in five different men’s sports - one of just 16 schools to have accomplished this feat - and nine overall. Of this elite group, Pepperdine has the smallest enrollment and is the only school not in a major conference. Located in scenic Malibu, Calif., the university overlooks the Pacific Ocean and its campus and athletic facilities are regularly voted among the nation’s most beautiful. Pepperdine, which is affiliated with the Church of Christ, ranks #54 overall on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s best colleges.