MALIBU, Calif. - The #4-ranked Pepperdine men’s volleyball team looks to get back on track this Friday, Feb. 1 with a match vs. cross-town rival USC. The Waves and the Trojans, ranked #8 in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll, square off at 7 p.m. inside Firestone Fieldhouse.
MATCH 7 - Friday (Feb. 1) at Firestone Fieldhouse: #4 Pepperdine (3-3, 3-3 MPSF) vs. #8 USC (2-2, 2-2 MPSF) at 7 p.m.
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.
LOOKING BACK - The Waves suffered a pair of losses last weekend at Hawaii. Pepperdine dropped a 3-2 decision to the Warriors before falling in three sets in the second match. Hawaii was just 1-6 and 0-4 in MPSF action heading into the two-match series, but after numerous changes to the lineup, seemed to have found the right combination.
LOOKING AHEAD - Pepperdine hits the road next week with matches at Long Beach State (Wed., Feb. 6) and Cal State Northridge (Fri., Feb. 8). The Waves’ return home on Wednesday, Feb. 13 to play Cal Baptist.
NOTING THE WAVES - This will be the 1,028th match in Pepperdine history ... The Waves are 632-328 all time ... In conference play the Waves are 437-251 and 232-134 in MPSF action ... Marv Dunphy boasts a career record of 469-231 ... The Waves are 334-111 when playing inside Firestone Fieldhouse ... The Waves are175-71 all-time during the month of January.
IT COULD HAPPEN - Maurice Torres’ next kill will be career kill No. 1,300 ... He would become just the 10th Wave in program history to reach 1,300 kills.
USC - Trojans are 2-2 in 2013 with wins against UC Irvine and Stanford ... UC San Diego and Pacific account for USC’s two losses ... The Trojans are coming off their bye week and have not played since Jan. 20 ... Micah Christenson manages the offence with 10.46 assists/set ... Alex Slaught leads the team with 3.08 kills/set ... Cristian Rivera, Tanner Jansen and Robert Feathers all average more than 2.33 kills/set.
RANKINGS - Pepperdine is currently listed at #4 in the AVCA Coaches’ Top-15 Poll.
SERIES SCORE - The Waves hold a 50-34 all-time series advantage over the Trojans including a 22-13 mark when playing inside Firestone Fieldhouse ... USC has won the last three-straight matches against Pepperdine ... Pepperdine’s last official win over the Trojans was during the 2007 season.
MPSF LEADERS - Matt West ranks second in the conference with 10.71 assists/set and ranks sixth in aces (0.43) ... Parker Kalmbach ranks seventh in the MPSF standings with a 1.38 blocks/set average and fifth with a .473 hitting percentage ... ... Maurice Torres ranks fifth in kills (3.90) and in sixth in points (4.60) ... Nikola Antonijevic averages 1.24 blocks/set to rank ninth.
MPSF TEAM STATS - As a team, Pepperdine leads the MPSF in blocks (3.26) ... The Waves rank fourth in the league in hitting percentage (.320) ... Pepperdine also ranks sixth in assists (11.38), sixth in kills (12.14), ninth in opponent hitting percentage (.266) and ninth in service aces (0.81).
MALIBU ROOFING COMPANY - The Waves, historically known for their strength in blocking, have shown in 2013 that the Malibu Roofing Company is still open for business ... Pepperdine has out-blocked its opponents in five of the season’s six matches ... The Waves have averaged 3.40 blocks/game in its three victories this season and a league-best 3.26 blocks/set overall.
TORRES - Maurice Torres, the Waves’ kills leader the past three seasons, enters his senior campaign with high expectations ... He has surpassed double digit kill totals in every match this season including a 20-kill performance during the 3-1 win vs. Stanford on Jan. 20 ... He reached the 20-kill plateau once again at Hawaii (Jan. 25) ... Against Pacific (Jan. 18), he set a new career-record in hitting percentage after tagging down 11 kills while hitting .714 ... 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 nine service aces and ranks sixth in the conference with a 0.43 aces/set average ... He ranks second the league with 10.71 assists/set in 2013.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE - Josh Taylor recorded his first-ever double double on Sunday, Jan. 20 vs. Stanford ... The sophomore was credited with 13 kills and a career-best 11 digs ... It was the first kills-digs double double by any Wave in 2013 ... Maurice Torres came up just one dig shy of the feat against the Cardinal, ending the night with 20 kills and nine digs.
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 1.38 blocks/set and delivered a phenomenal 10-block performance against UC San Diego on Jan. 12 ... He also pounds down 2.10 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 2.76 kills/set as a sophomore ... Gerrans, who prior to this season has seen limited front row time, also averages 2.14 kills/set while hitting .472 ... 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 1,299 ... 1,353 will move Torres into ninth place ... His 102 service aces rank ninth ... One more will tie him with Kevin Barnett for eighth place ... Matt West’s assist total of 1,568 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.